Portstewart Golf Club

117 Strand Rd,

Portstewart, Co. Londonderry BT55 7PG

  • Office

    +44 (0)28 7083 2015
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)28 7083 2015
  • Fax

    +44 (0)28 7083 5791
  • Golf pro

    Neil Graham (PGA Professional)

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    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).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
7118
6626
5867
Par
72
72
73
SSS or slope
74
72
74

At the same location:

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).

Location

Latitude:

55.171913

Longitude:

-6.724619

How to get there:

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)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1894

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.

List of courses: Ireland - North

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays, and weekends (after 2pm on Saturdays on Strand Course).

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes on the Strand Course in high season (May thru' Sept) on the Strand course: £235 (all days).

Contact club for full details, discounts, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts (buggies) available for hire on medical grounds. Caddies available.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

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.

Published ranking

Strand course:
Ireland's 20th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 99th best course (Golf World, 2022).

Where2Stay

  • The York Hotel4-star

    2 Station Rd, Portstewart, Co. Londonderry BT55 7DA.

    +44 (0)28 7083 3594

    Visit website

    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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Portstewart; Royal Portrush.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Castlerock

  • Royal Court Hotel3-star

    White Rocks, Portrush, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland BT56 8NF

    +44 (0)2870 822 236

    Visit website

    A hotel with superb views over Royal Portrush golf courses and the sea.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Royal Portrush

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Portstewart; Castlerock

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