Narin & Portnoo Golf Course, Portnoo, County Donegal, Ireland
By Barry Lotz
18 holes, par 73, 6269 yards. Links.
The Narin & Portnoo Golf Club was formed as a 9-hole course in 1930, until it was extended to the full 18 in 1965. Many regard this to be one of the most natural courses of all time, but it hasn't quite received the recognition it deserves. Maybe this is because of its remote location.
Liam McDevitt is the new owner. Liam is from Donegal, but now based in New York.
McDevitt instituted a major redesign of the course and refurbishment of the clubhouse.
Gil Hanse of the United States did an exemplary job of turning this truly spectacular setting into a true test of pure links golf.
Golfers playing Narin & Portnoo Golf Course will need all their skills to effectuate a range of different shots. With the course's tight doglegs, cavernous terrain, raised greens and twisting fairways, players will need to have their wits about them if they're looking to score well.
The signature par three is played over a gorge onto a two-tiered green where making par is anything but easy. If you're looking to play a simple, old-fashioned and rewarding links course, then Narin & Portnoo is the place for your golf vacation.
Rates are €60 during off season and €120 normally. Caddies are available, as are carts (buggies).
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About: Barry Lotz
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit www/facebook.com/PGTAA to see all the latest mental strategies and equipment reviews. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a Consultant and Mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including "333 Best Web Sites for Golfers" and his previous book, "How to Build Business Relationships through Golf", is still considered the primary reference for golf businesses. His latest book, "The Right Mind for Golf", is now in its 9th reprint is available on Amazon and at the Torrey Pines golf course. He also has as many as 14 PGA Tour members availing themselves to his mental coaching and putting advice.