Portstewart’s golf history extends back to 1894 and has since developed into one of the world’s most prestigious and coveted golf complexes, spanning three courses and world-class facilities. The three courses and amazing practice facilities allows the entire golfing complex to be accessible to golfers of any level, whilst it has also hosted to various major tournaments, cementing its reputation as one of the best. It has hosted The Amateur Championship (2014), British Ladies Amateur (2015), The Irish Amateur (2017), The Open Championship in 1951 and many more.
The Riverside course at Portstewart Golf Club is a beautiful testament to golf whilst meandering along the banks of the River Bann. It’s a great challenge and course in its own right, perfect for those who are not up to the mightiness of The Strand on any given day. Although it’s not as hectic as The Strand, it’s no less enjoyable; it consists of a classic links layout but plays alongside a tranquil estuary rather than the wild Atlantic. This provides a respite from the unrelenting winds that courses such as The Strand, Royal Portrush and Castlerock are all exposed to. It also snakes its way through rolling sand dunes and hills when not meandering next to the estuary, offering up stunning views and an unforgettable round of golf.
The first Clubhouse was built by John Frizzell, a local contractor in 1895 and the construction was of corrugated iron, on a wooden frame. It was situated close to the Portmore Road at the site of the present entrance to the Club carpark. The “Tin Shack”, as it was affectionately known, lingered on until the opening in 1931 of the substantial building, designed by Mr. C. McFadden, which still stands today. In 2009 the new clubhouse was designed, along with the surrounds, to facilitate the dedicated golfer with all possible conveniences to make every visit memorable. Facilities at the golf club include
· Ladies & Gents Locker Rooms with shower rooms and towels
· Bag stores
· Pro Shop with all golfing necessities, snacks and minerals for the Course
· Swing Room for hire / lessons
· Dispensing coffee machine brewing Lavazza Coffee / newspaper dock
· Spike Bar
· Strand Bar & Lounge
· Members Bar
· Strand Restaurant
· The Hut at The Turn
· Buggy Bar on selected days
Practice & Rental
Practice facilities at Portstewart Golf Club include a putting green, shot-game chipping area, and a full driving range. If playing The Strand course for the first time, it is recommended that you are accompanied by a caddie, but not mandatory. Pull-trolleys and electric trolleys are available for hire, but golf carts are only available for those with a medical certificate.