Portstewart Golf Club - Strand Course
The Strand course at Portstewart Golf Club was designed by Des Griffin and opened for play in 1992. Since then, the course has become one of the top courses in Northern Ireland and is an exciting and challenging course that must be on any discerning golfer’s must-play list.
The Strand course is very impressive in all ways but it is not to be underestimated at over 7,000 yards it can be quite the challenge. One of the great things about the Strand course is that it is almost impossible to detect where the new holes were added and where the course was extended due to the way in which that the holes blend effortlessly with one another and with the surrounding landscapes. This is a very fun course with a spectacular set of opening nine holes that are carved out through huge dunes with some spectacular views across the Atlantic mouth of Lough Foyle out to the Inishowen peninsula beyond. The back nine provides you with a different challenge but still an interesting one as the course meanders down the river where you can enjoy some more brilliant views as you play through the holes. This is a great course and a perfect addition to any stay in Northern Ireland especially if you’re looking for a brilliant, fun and challenging course with so many unique and memorable holes.
18 Holes, Bar, Buggy Hire, Club Hire, Par 72, Pro Shop, Restaurant, Trolley Hire
This is an impressive golf course with facilities to match, there is a great Pro shop, bar and restaurant on-site which means that you have somewhere lovely to enjoy a post-round beverage or two as well as a meal if you are looking to eat at the club whilst admiring the stunning views out across the course and beyond.
From the moment that you start the course at the 1st tee where you will stand at the tee and see stunning views of the beach and the links holes beneath you before driving downhill into a dogleg right until the moment where you putt your final shot into the 18th hole you will enjoy every minute of the round of golf here. You will finish the course with a few par 4s which are difficult to score well on so make sure to play your best if you are looking for a good scorecard.
There is such a wide array of different and unique layouts and lengths throughout the course for you to enjoy including two fantastic early par 3s which are the 3rd and the 6th hole. The 3rd hole is a challenging single-shotter hole and the 6th is a very short hole at only 140 yards which has a plateau green which makes it a very short and very difficult hole that will stay in your mind, like many of the holes here, for a very long time after your round is over.
There is no doubting that this course has earned its title as one of the top courses in Northern Ireland.