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Luttrellstown Castle XXXX Luttrellstown Castle Luttrellstown Castle has the advantage of routing its golf course over a vast 567 acre estate, right on the edge of Dublin city. Big, lazy and expansive, it takes in the River Liffey, as well as sentinel-like mature trees which have been employed to shepherd holes and create impressive backdrops… although the castle at the far end of the course may prove most dramatic of all. There are no climbs, but the undulations ensure a flowing rhythm to your round while the trees add scale and drama. It is a surprisingly open course, with 11 holes featuring water, but it is long. At close to 6,800 yards from the middle tees, you will want to open your shoulders. Stunning clubhouse and facilities. Big, lazy and expansive, it takes in the River Liffey, as well as sentinel-like mature trees which have been employed to shepherd holes and create impressive backdrops. 58 Portmarnock A links of low, sweet dunes and sensational strategy. Portmarnock, just north of Dublin city, is revered the world over and with good reason. Apart from the 5th, the holes are always on show from the tee and this can lull you into a false sense of security. It’s as if you can see the whole painting, but not the detail… and that detail is so vitally important. Holes are so subtle and green complexes so intricate that smart positioning off the tee is crucial. Only then can you attack pins on perfect putting surfaces. Employ your bump-and- run skills as best you can: this is a course where such skills will be rewarded. Established in 1894 the fabric of the course has changed little, while the 14th and 15th are two of the most admired and feared holes in Ireland. Holes are so subtle and green complexes so intricate that smart positioning off the tee is crucial.