Golf club bought for more than £40 million

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 6, 2019 12:27

A Canadian hotel operator has bought an Irish golf club for about £43 million in what is one of the biggest golf transactions for several years.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links was bought by US real estate investment group Kennedy Wilson for about £24 million in 2014, which suggests the Irish golf market is in a much stronger state than it was five years ago. According to one analyst, this represents “a significant vote of confidence in the Irish golf market.”

According to the Irish Times, the completion of the latest deal sees ownership of the famous Dublin golf resort pass to the Vancouver-headquartered hospitality specialist, Northland Properties Group. The purchase represents the company’s first investment in the Irish market.

‘Established in 1963, Northland Properties is owned and operated by the family of its founder, the billionaire businessman Bob Gaglardi. The company’s portfolio is extensive and comprises more than 50 hotels and 140 restaurants distributed across Canada, the United States and the UK. Northland’s various brands include the Sandman Inn hotels, the Sutton Place hotel chain, as well as Moxie’s Bar & Grill and the Canadian franchise for Denny’s restaurants. In 2011, the company, which is headed up by Bob Gaglardi’s son, Tom, acquired the Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Club,’ reports the paper.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links. © Twitter

The sale of the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links to Northland meanwhile provides Kennedy Wilson with an impressive return on its investment in the Dublin property. The Los Angeles-headquartered investor spent more than £4 million on a refurbishment programme involving a thorough upgrade of all 134 of its guestrooms, and its banqueting and conference facilities. A new award-winning spa and enhanced golf facility were also added.

Dan O’Connor of JLL and Mason Hayes & Curran advised Kennedy Wilson on the sale of the property. Commenting on the deal, Mr O’Connor said: “The sale attracted a wide range of domestic and international interest and its completion is a significant vote of confidence in the Irish golf and hotel market.”

Located on a site of 160 acres immediately adjacent to Dublin’s “velvet strand”, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links’ history dates back more than 172 years. The property was once the family home and private golf course of the Jameson whiskey family. The resort is best known now for its 18-hole championship links golf course, which was designed by two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer.


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir November 6, 2019 12:27
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