Thursday, May 8, 2008

“Better than the K Club”

I almost choked on my beer. The man had walked in to the bar at Portarlington Golf Club and made this outrageous announcement. Then he looked at me and winked – “Do I get a free drink for that?” he asked with a grin.

If you live outside the Portarlington/County Laois area have you ever heard of this golf course? Have you heard how good it is? Whether you have or haven’t, it’s time to set the record straight, and the only way you can do that is to come and play it for yourself. I loved Athy and I loved Mountrath, but Portarlington is better still. Endless huge trees embrace the course, and, in holes 7, 14 and 15, the club has three absolute beauties that take your breath away. [Photo: Par three 3rd]

The man didn’t get his free pint, but he knew what he was talking about. This doesn’t have the same grandeur or pretensions, or the length, but in terms of sheer fun and enjoyment, the K Club doesn’t come close.

And great scones too!

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