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Club History

The clubhouse was built on its present site in 1896, It has undergone changes due to a fire (1905) and periodic additions to accommodate growing numbers. The present interior layout was completed in 2003. The Bradshaw Room and the Dining Room cater for members and visitors alike and afford panoramic views of the links. There are separate locker rooms with personal lockers and rest room for use by visitors and the bar and dining facilities are open to all. Full a la carte and table d’hote menus are available as are snacks and sandwiches.


What a wonderful links golf course Portmarnock is. I played in the Irish Open and recall vividly the challenge it presented that week. I hope to go back there some day very very soon.

- Gary Player

In February, 1906 the plans for a new clubhouse were formed and accepted by members and the clubhouse reopened less than a year later. Further additions to the clubhouse were added over the years including staff quarters and in 2003 a major internal renovation project took place to modernize the growing requirements of members and guests.


The first place to be used as a clubhouse was a small thatched cottage rented from Maggie Leonard, it stood near the present 1st green. The first clubhouse proper was erected within two years of the club’s foundation on the site of the present building. Made of timber with a corrugated iron roof it measured only 57x47 feet. Fire ravaged the clubhouse and contents on December 30th, 1905. The then Honorary Secretary, W.C. Pickeman was also an insurance broker so it turned out the club was well insured.