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Portstewart Golf Club

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While Portstewart Golf Club was officially founded in 1894, there is evidence that golf was played along this brilliant linksland as early as 1889. Home to three challenging layouts, the most well-known Portstewart Golf Course is The Strand – a true championship design stretching 7,118 yards.

The Strand has one of the best opening holes in links golf. Starting from an elevated tee, it plummets down a 425-yard dogleg, leading to a secluded green tucked into the towering dunes. The dramatic, rollercoaster ride of this course is one of the many delights awaiting you on the Northern Ireland Golf Tour – one of our four Ireland golf tour packages.

Course Details

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UK Top 100 Golf Course
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Range of tees from 5,867 – 7,118 yards
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Opened in 1908
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Ideal Location for a Northern Ireland Golf Tour
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Designed by A G Gow, Willie Park Jr, Des Giffin
Natural dunes of Portstewart

Portstewart Golf Courses

The 18-hole Strand course from 1907 was updated in the 1920s by Willie Park Jr., undergoing more significant changes in the 1980s with the addition of seven holes. The current design by Des Griffin opened in 1992.The course has always been a tale of two nines, with the inward nine perceived as a bit of a letdown to the rollicking fun and challenges of the outward holes. European Golf Design has been retained to strengthen the close of the last three holes on The Strand as well as other Portstewart golf projects.

A frequent host to a variety of quality competitions, the Club proudly hosted the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, won by European superstar, Jon Rahm.

The other two courses make for wonderful 36-hole days without leaving the Club – The Old Course, a shorter layout playing to a par 64. The Riverside Course is a par 68, that plays along the picturesque River Bann. Within their 2022 remit European Golf Design will be developing The Riverside Course to its championship potential and turning fresh eyes onto The Old Course’s historic links to improve its playing experience.

Seriously consider adding one or both of Portstewart’s other courses to your tee time at The Strand when booking your Northern Ireland golf trip.

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117 Strand Rd, Portstewart BT55 7PG, UK
Royal County Down coastline, Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland is a golfing utopia. With breathtaking views, rolling countryside, and around 100 courses across the small country, it is often considered the go-to destination for a luxury golf vacation.

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Portstewart Golf Club FAQs

The opening hole at Portstewart Golf Club is called Tubber Patrick. It is a par 4 with a distance of 427 yards.

To book a tee time at Portstewart Golf Club, a renowned golfing destination in Northern Ireland, you can conveniently do so through Premier Golf as part of a Northern Ireland golf package and leverage our expertise and extensive network of connections in the golf industry.

As per the latest information, the green fee is from £235 for The Strand and £35 for Riverside for 2023. 

At Premier Golf, the green fee is always included in our packages.

There are three golf courses in Portstewart: The Strand, The Old, and The Riverside. Each course offers a unique golfing experience for enthusiasts visiting Portstewart.

The closest airport to Portstewart is City of Derry Airport, which is approximately a 45-minute drive away. The Belfast International Airport is 1 hour drive from Portstewart. Both airports provide services across Europe. However, if you are traveling from the US, the most convenient option is to fly to Dublin Airport and then make a transfer of 3 hours to reach Portstewart.