117 Strand Rd,
Portstewart, Co. Londonderry BT55 7PG
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Strand course: original design by Mr. A.G. Gow (of Portrush; 1907); modifications by Willie Park Jr (early 1920s) & Des Giffin (schoolteacher and club member, 1986).
Riverside course: original nine holes designed by Des Giffin (1986); extension to 18 holes by Bernard Findlay (course manager) & David Avery (past captain) (1999).
Old course: designers of original nine-hole course unknown (1894); enlarged to 12 holes (1918); extended from 12 to 18 holes by Mr. R.C. Davison & James Rea (1934).
Above distances are for the Strand course. Also at Portstewart are the 18-hole Riverside course (par-68; 5,725 yds from back tees) and 18-hole Old course (par-64; 4,822 yds; located 1.5 mi from Portstewart-Strand clubhouse on northern edge of Portstewart town).
4 miles NW of Coleraine.
Strand and Riverside courses: southwestern edge of Portstewart town; clubhouse on Strand Road.
Old course: on the northern edge of town at eastern end of Portmore Road, 1.5 mi from Portstewart-Strand clubhouse.
Portstewart Golf Club (Strand course): Spectacularly set on Ulster’s famous Causeway Coast, Portstewart is home to three 18-hole golf courses. The top-rated layout is the highly regarded Strand course, which lays down the toughest test.
On this wonderfully natural links layout, the Strand's front-nine quickly gets into its stride, demanding you thread your ball between mountainous sand dunes. From the get-go, accuracy from the tee will serve your purpose well on this excellently presented duneland layout.
On the arguably easier-going back-nine there are still plenty of golfing challenges to face, while you are also treated to many wonderful views across the River Bann. Although never far away, the Atlantic Ocean remains largely hidden behind the front-nine's towering dunes, and the more inland routing of the back-nine.
The Strand course, the jewel in Portstewart's crown, will delight all links golf enthusiasts. But don't pass up the opportunity to also sample the par-68 Riverside course. Starting out from the same clubhouse as the Strand course, the Riverside, as you'd expect, also has several holes alongside the River Bann.
The original Portstewart Old course is also still very much in play. You'll find it 1.5 miles from the main Portstewart Strand/Riverside clubhouse on the northern edge of Portstewart town. It is where the Club was originally founded in 1894, and is partly played along a rocky shoreline, with several newer "inland" holes.
Visitors welcome on weekdays, and weekends (after 2pm on Saturdays on Strand Course).
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) available for hire on medical grounds. Caddies available.
Portstewart has hosted many top level regional and national tournaments, not least the 112th Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship played in 2015. In 2017 the club hosted the Irish Open, in which Spanish sensation Jon Rahm recorded his first European Tour win.
Ireland: 20th best course in Ireland (Golf World, 2023).
GB&I: 99th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2022).
2 Station Rd, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry BT55 7DA.
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The York Hotel combines 4-star accomodation, a seafront location, excellent cuisine and a friendly public bar. Located in Portstewart, various tourist attractions are within comfortable travelling distance, including the world famous Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Portstewart and Royal Portrush Golf Clubs and numerous blue flag beaches. From the hotel you might also catch a glimpse of Scotland on a clear day.
Portstewart; Royal Portrush.
White Rocks, Portrush, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland BT56 8NF
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A hotel with superb views over Royal Portrush golf courses and the sea.
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