From the inaugural staging in 1927, Portmarnock played host to the Irish Open on a further 18 occasions, delivering such illustrious winners as: Fred Daly (1946), Dai Rees (1948), Ben Crenshaw (1976), Hubert Green (1977), Severiano Ballesteros (1986), Bernhard Langer (1987), Ian Woosnam (1988 and ’89), Jose Maria Olazabal (1990) and Michael Campbell (2003).
After the event had been revived in 1975, Portmarnock staged it from 1976 to 1982, from 1986 to 1990 and in 2003.
And those championships included no fewer than 34 competitors who were either “major” winners in prospect or had already achieved the distinction
Portmarnock is the fairest links I have ever played, which is unusual because links golf by its very nature can be unfair. It is almost perfectly balanced in that it is both challenging and demanding for every level of golfer…..as stern an exam as a professional could wish for from the back tees, and an equally strict test for the more modest player off the medal tees.
-Padraig Harrington (US and PGA Champion)