Narin & Portnoo Golf Club

Narin Portnoo, Co. Donegal  Narin & Portnoo (Donegal)

  • holes:18
  • par: 73 73
  • length: 5.732 m 4.860 m
8.4 16 Reviews This Club is the 25# of 341 in Ireland
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Description

  • holes:18
  • year:1932
  • par: 73 73
  • length: 5.732 m 4.860 m
  • architect:Hughie McNeill, Leo Wallace & Eddie Connoughton

The secluded golf course at Narin and Portnoo Golf club is a genuine hidden Irish gem. Situated in a quaint seaside town in the Southwest area of the North West county of Donegal it’s off the beaten track but is a truly beautiful course.

Founded in 1930, the golf course was created initially by a group of local men who saw its potential to become a great links course. After pooling their resources both the golf club and course were born. In the early stages, the original 9-holes were in poor state so local experts Hughie McNeill and Leo Wallace were bought in to make improvements.

Although the club was extremely popular in the thirties, the onset of the war years bought extreme problems for the course in numerous ways and attracting new members and finance wasn’t easy. However during the late fifties and early sixties, with the help from fellow local businesses, the fortunes of the club and course improved and in 1957 further improvements to the course were made. It wasn’t until 1965 that the course was expanded to include 18 holes.

With a par of 73 and a length of 6020 metres the course entails a great mixture of features. Everything from firm, elevated greens to sharp, technical dog-legs, the astounding scenery and location add to not only the golfing features but also the overall experience with incredible panoramic views of the nearby Gweebarra Bay. The fairways are diverse and encompass some great landscaping and undulations which create a great variety of fairway structures from the wide to the not so generous. This is a refreshingly old-fashioned yet raw course and is an excellent example of a links course.

The course offers incredible vistas over the bay and the Atlantic Ocean and what it makes up for in scenery and views is what it lacks in accessibility. Although beautiful the course and club are a little secluded however this further adds to its charm and exclusivity. Although the course welcomes visitors it is mainly played by locals and at times this fact is apparent in the way things are done.

Tee times are extensive and run throughout the week for visitors. Green fees are very reasonable for such a high calibre of course: it is cited in the Top 8 golf courses in Ireland which is a commendable accolade to say the least.

Due to its quite isolated nature there is no accommodation at the course itself however the club has great links with small local hotels and holiday cottages which are diverse, of a good quality and very reasonably priced.

For more information about this golf course including reviews and ratings by fellow golfers please see to the left of this description.

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Reviews (16)

  • Average rating obtained by

    golfShake
    14/09/2013
    3x10
    A hidden gem, the stretch of three successive par 5s in the back nine is fun ! And they are superb holes (Round played: Sep 2013 - Score: 86 Handicap: 8.1)
    This rating for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.golfshake.com
  • Average rating obtained by

    top100golfcourses
    28/09/2009
    8x8.3
    quite simply a magnificent course. the first 6 or so holes are ordinary but from there in there are many class holes. a real gem for its price. in my opinion its back nine isnt far of RCDs back nine.
    This rating for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. is the average of 8 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.uk
  • Average rating obtained by

    1golfEU
    06/10/2013
    2x10
    There the clubhouse only if you drive through the campsite. The first tee is not much expected. 2 and 3 are normal cars. It goes slowly from the 4. And then it goes blow to blow hole for hole in one of the most fascinating links courses in Ireland. Stunning discounts, great, incredible views. This place is a gem. Our favorite: the eight. But search the other railways are sensational. Unconditionally recommended.
    This rating for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.1golf.eu
  • Average rating obtained by

    golfReisWijzer
    01/06/2011
    2x9.6
    Great links course to Gweebarra Bay and (so) exposed to the often strong wind from the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1930 the fraught history of this course is definitely worth a read. Important for every stroke the right club choice to do otherwise does one will undoubtedly hilarious in the fog, of the ' regulars ' which, of course, know exactly what to do/do not. When the weather is a feast for photographers because of the nearby Bay, the dune masses and the ever changing skies above Ocean.
    This rating for Narin & Portnoo Golf Club. is the average of 2 ratings obtained from www.golfreiswijzer.nl

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