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Portstewart GC dates from 1889, and now has 3 courses: The Strand, The Old Course, and Riverside

The Strand is the championship course, and the course that recently hosted the Irish Open..

 

The Strand course covers some diverse terrain with the first 10 holes set in some of the largest dunes in golf.

These holes are very dramatic, with tight winding fairways bordered by acres of long marram grass, blind shots, and some interesting greens tucked into the dunes

 

Thereafter the course turns to the riverside where the golf is still entertaining, quality golf- but a little more open and visible and with less elevation change

 

The last 3 holes are a strong test of golf, but less interesting, running parallel back and forth to finish in front of the rather large clubhouse which is practical rather than pretty.

 

Notable holes include:

 

  • the opening par 4, with ocean views, and dunescape backdrop

 

 

  • the tight, dramatic, par 4 second hole
  • the long par 4 fifth hole with elevated green reached through a gap in the dunes

 

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  • the lovely par 3 sixth hole

 

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  • the dogleg par 4 eighth hole which wraps around the largest of dunes (see pic top of page)

 

 

Increasingly Ireland is being recognised as one of THE premier golfing destinations in the world, and Northern Ireland is at the forefront, with Royal County Down and Royal Portrush the flag bearers.

But miss Portstewart at your peril.

The front nine on the Strand Course in particular offers a unique golfing experience, and is absolutely world class.

 

 

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