We had a fantastic golf break at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. The hotel was superb value. A full Irish breakfast every morning set you up the day. The rooms where great, clean and very comfortable.
Malahide was a great start to the trip. The course was beautifully set up and the clubhouse was superb. The lads said it was one of the best pints of Guinness they had during the stay (mid or full strength). Royal Dublin was a pure gem. Some very long par 4's, glad it was not a windy day. Again the clubhouse was sumptuous, as was the lunch. Sea point was a blend of heathland and links. When we arrived the pro did not have us booked in. A call to YGT and it was quickly sorted out. Had a relaxing coffee until we tee'ed off. Of the 4 courses we played, we rated this 4th. Portmarnock golf links was a nice course, if a little overplayed, good practise facilities, and some tough holes. There was not much to do in Portmarnock, a 5 minute drive to Malahide was the place to go.
Recommend Gibney's as the pub to go to, very lively. Eating out was expensive in the restaurants, e.g. Main course Indian not including rice 20 euro. The only down side to a great golfing holiday was the 120 euro clamping fine for parking in a private car park (looked like a public car park with pay and display - which our ticket expired by 30 minutes).