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Portstewart – Strand Course

County Antrim, Northern Ireland


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    At a Glance

    Course Architect Willie Park Jnr, Des Giffin
    Par 72
    Course Type Links
    Course Length 6,509 Metres / 7,118 Yards
    No. Holes 18


    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 allow 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 Strand Course will host the 2021 Irish Open, the last time it was held was at Portstewart was in 2017.


    Nearby golf destinations include Castlerock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Course, Rosapenna Golf Resort and Galgorm Resort. We recommend playing Portstewart’s Strand Course after you have a warm-up on the Riverside Course. Either play a 36-hole day with both courses or spread it out over a few days. The Riverside Course is a great lead-in to Portstewart’s Strand Course.

    Club Details

    117 Strand Rd, Portstewart BT55 7PG, United Kingdom
    +44 28 7083 2015

    Club Information

    Course Description

    Portstewart’s The Strand Course without doubt one of the very top true links golf courses in Ireland. It easily stands alongside the two Ulster Royals, Portrush and County Down. The brainchild of Willie Park Jr and Des Giffin, ably assisted by undulating dunes, the run off bunkers, rolling fairways and tricky manicured greens. A ‘true test of golf’ is a much-overused phrase, but in this case,  it reflects the variety and ingenuity of the shots required to get around this masterpiece of a golf course. The views from almost every hole are quite simply, magical. The Atlantic is never very far away, and the beauty of the course has to be seen to be believed. It is a treat that will take a very long time, if ever, to fade from the golfer’s memory. The Strand Course is the jewel in the Portstewart crown.


    The course itself is an eclectic mix of challenges and exhilaration. Imposing, gigantic sand dunes with panoramic views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle sets the scene for what is always a memorable round of golf. The course is definitely quirky in its own right, with the layout of the front nine playing into and around wild sand dunes that invoke images of Ballybunion. But the back nine plays away from the dunes onto much firmer turf and with less undulation. The back nine juxtaposes tremendously with the front, but it retains all the class expected of a premium golf course and as always, strategic bunker placements, the fickle wind and difficult greens are what makes all 18-holes of The Strand so memorable.

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