Portarlington Golf Club is an Eddie Hackett designed course in the Irish midlands along the banks of the River Barrow on the County Laois and County Offaly border.
You will see numerous lush trees, natural lakes and rivers flowing through the golf course. A number of holes have been cut through existing forest to make the course more challenging. This makes the whole experience an absolute delight. The course is very level, but shapely. The huge trees can cause havoc with your game if you venture too close especially on the 13th and 14th where they almost block your way.
The 9th hole is a well defined dogleg, which makes it tough to conquer. You have to be a strong and a long hitter to be able to cross tall mature trees which are on the right.
Finding the toughest hole on the course is relatively easy. It’s the Par 4 7th. You have a long intimidating drive straight down between dense woods of beech. It looks absolutely beautiful, but you must be straight id you want to get to the green on your second shot.
The tee shot on the 18th hole has been compared to threading a needle, as the gap here is just around 20 meters to hit the shot from the tee to land on the fairway. There is thick foliage down on the right where you can easily lose sight of the ball. The green here is a very tiny square target which has a bunker on the left and another on the front right.
Large locker rooms for both ladies and gentlemen provide a comfortable place to prepare for your round or wind down after your on course exertions. The upper floor bar and catering areas with the large balcony give panoramic views over much of the course. The Courtfields Restaurant offers a wide selection of food. The seating area overlooks the 18th green and is an ideal place to relax while watching the action on the green.