Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart, County Londonderry

Portstewart, located on Ulster's famous Causeway Coast, offers 54 holes over three courses. The Roverside Course - Par 64, 5324 yards - is ideal for young and old - a real family day's golfing.

The Strand Course, opened in 1992, is the jewel in Portstewart's crown. 18 championship holes, 6779 yards, par 72, it presents a true test of golf set in classic links country amid towering sand dunes with views at every turn of the blue Donegal hills, the rolling Atlantic and the tranquil estuary of the River Bann.

The Old Course, situated at the eastern end of Portstewart, begins and ends at the site of the original course, where golf was first played in Portstewart as far back as 1889. Par 64, 4730 yards, its 18 holes set out along the rocky store before climbing inland to give breathtaking panoramic views of the coastline.

Going back to 1951, when the course was used as a qualifying venue for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, it seemed that Portstewart was destined to be forever cast in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour. Not any more. Everything changed when the new championship layout of the Strand Course hosted the Irish Close Championship in 1992.

As with many Irish links courses, Portstewart boasts a long history. While the origins of golf in the area date from 1889, the club was not founded until 1894. Further expansion was undertaken in the 1960's following the acquisition of more land, while in 1992, the extension into the area of dunes known as "Thistly Hollow" yielded the Strand Course, a links which is today widely considered as one of the finest in Ireland.

At a Glance

  • 54 holes over 3 courses
  • Classic links course
  • Played host as a qualifying venue in the 1951 British Open and has held all the major amateur national Championships.

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