As gentle and peaceful a parkland as you could hope to find, Portarlington sits a couple of miles outside town alongside the River Barrow, which comes in to play on the 16th and 17th. It weaves through mature trees and demands strong driving and an impressive ability to draw or fade the ball on six holes. It tests you plenty without ever losing the joy of playing here.Index 1 is a prime example: it is a par four of over 400 metres, sliding through a tight corridor of Beech and Oak, but two more wonderful shots you will not hit… and you might well encounter red squirrels en route to the green.
This is a well maintained, lovely country course, which punches way above its weight. In holes 7, 8, 14 and 15, Portarlington has some of the best holes in the country.
Favourite Hole: the long par four 14th doglegs hard right through a dense wood and a lone dead tree in the fairway. Do not bite off more than you can chew.
What’s in the Bag? Avoiding the many colourful trees and picking good lines off the tee.
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