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The ancient forest which surrounds Portumna contrasts against the glorious estate of undulating terrain that flows within . This is parkland in every sense of the word , where mature oak , ash and beech trees wander across the landscape as casually as the deer which frequently appear from the forest . Here the holes all work perfectly together , establishing a lazy rhythm where the gentle changes in elevation are used to maximum effect . The sweetest of these are the par three 5th , which dives down between dark trees , and the par three 18th which plays from high tee to high green . Both are beauties .
The giant trees often anchor holes – both as something to aim at and to avoid . Send a drive on the perfect line and it ’ s a joy to watch . Navigate your way through the trees and the thrill is just as rewarding .
Portumna is a big course that doesn ’ t brag or show off . It has a sublimely effortless beauty to how it presents itself and the natural shaping of the greens is the epitome of this … so beware some interesting slopes . Exceptional value for money .
Favourite Hole
The darkness of the deep forest overwhelms the par-4 16th along the right . But stay as close to the trees as you can as the green sits high , protected by trees on the left . Short but tricky .
What ’ s in the Bag ?
This is a lovely driving course but pay attention to the fairway slopes and angles to figure out the best landing zone .