Portmarnock Golf Club exists to preserve, protect and maintain the highest standards of Links Golf for the primary benefit of its members and their guests. Through its unique location and evolved tradition Portmarnock Golf Club has established standards of excellence recognised in the universal golf world. It recognises its finest asset to be the links golf course and the lands attaching within its boundaries.
Portmarnock Golf Club is committed to providing the resources necessary so that its links characteristics are preserved and developed. No effort shall be spared to secure and protect the integrity of the indigenous grasses and flora which are the natural foundation of true links golf.
Portmarnock Golf Club has a continuing commitment to the flora, fauna, and bird life with which it shares the estuary. It will continue to act in the role of conservators for this valued and unique ecological heritage.
Links Restoration and Maintenance Policy
Portmarnock is widely recognised and acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world of golf.
This statement confirms the absolute commitment to taking whatever steps prove necessary for the protection of the links and restoration of the links characteristics to the highest possible championship standards. To that end the following principles will be observed:
- Recognised experts of proven competence in the fields of links architecture maintenance and agronomy will be retained to advise and guide the club.
- Club members – however knowledgeable they may believe themselves to be will not be allowed to interfere with or impede the advice or instructions given by recognised experts of proven competence, as retained from time to time by the Club.
- In accordance with the expert advice, the suitable indigenous grasses and flora will be maintained and encouraged to ensure that the links continues to the highest standards.
- Likewise, the bird life and fauna of the links will be safeguarded.
- The architectural features of greens, bunkers, fairways and tees will be kept under regular review and updated as proves necessary, and as advised by competent experts.
- The Bent and Fescue grasses – which are the essence of true links golf will be encouraged at all times. Concurrently, the required steps to discourage Poa Annua and other less acceptable grasses such as Rye, will be taken – all under advice and guidance of competent experts. The grass collection boxes on fairway mowers will be used at all times to discourage Poa Annua.
- Due care and attention will be accorded to guard against pests and diseases, and any unwelcome foreign matter detrimental to the maintenance of the links characteristics.
- The essence of links golf is that, fairways, aprons and greens be firm, fast and true.
- Pathways should be adequate width – in grass wherever possible and contoured in, to fit with the terrain.
- The rough should be consistent with links characteristics.
- Irrigation of the links surfaces will be done to a minimalist policy, in strict accordance with the advice of competent experts retained by the club.
- The staff of the club shall be advised of the foregoing Policy Statements and they shall receive the training necessary for fulfilling their respective duties.
- The equipment shall be maintained and used strictly in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications, and used as advised by club’s professional experts and machinery suppliers.
- Proper and full records shall be kept in regard to usage of all equipment, fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc., so that full information for decision makers is constantly available and updated.
- Similarly, water usage shall be monitored and recorded.
- In keeping with tradition, the club may elect from time to time to host top level tournaments and championships.
- The amount of play on the links shall be kept under constant review to ensure that undue pressure is not put of the links and its environments. If necessary, rest periods, or preferential lies will be adopted from time to time.
- Parts of the links – up to and including 9 holes at a time – may be removed from play for maintenance / restoration purposes – with due regards for timing to reduce impact on play for members. However, proper treatment of the links for maintenance / repair purposes, as advised by experts, must not be impeded.