Portstewart Golf Club

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Portstewart Golf Club
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Club information
Portstewart Golf Club is located in Northern Ireland
Portstewart Golf Club
Location in Northern Ireland
Coordinates 55°10′16″N 6°43′30″W / 55.171°N 6.725°W / 55.171; -6.725Coordinates: 55°10′16″N 6°43′30″W / 55.171°N 6.725°W / 55.171; -6.725
Location Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Established 1894, 122 years ago
Total holes 54
Tournaments hosted The Amateur Championship (2014)
British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship
Irish Open
Boys Amateur Championship
Website www.portstewartgc.co.uk
Strand Course
Designed by Des Giffin
Par 72
Length 7,118 yards (6,509 m)
Course record 63 - David Drysdale (2017)
Riverside Course
Par 67
Length 5,498 yards (5,027 m)
Old Course
Par 64
Length 4,822 yards (4,409 m)

Portstewart Golf Club consists of three 18-hole courses situated in the town of Portstewart, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Golf was first played there as far back as 1889.

The three courses are: the Strand Course (par 72), a championship course, the Riverside Course (par 67) and the Old Course (par 64), which is where the club was founded in 1894.[1]

The late 1980s saw major development of the Strand course with the layout updated and seven new holes added. In 1992 the new Strand course, designed by Des Giffin, opened for play.[2]

The Golf Club holds what is often suggested as the finest opening hole in Ireland.

Portstewart Golf Club hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2017, setting up a three-week spell of links golf culminating in the Open Championship.[3]


The club was founded in 1894 and started off as 9 holes at the existing location of The Old Course. This was upgraded to 18 holes in 1934.

In 1920 the club built another clubhouse at Strand Head and Willie Park Jr. designed 18 holes and this is known as The Strand Course. In 1986 the club purchased land in the sand dunes known as 'Thistly Hollow' which allowed seven new stunning holes to be built in these towering dunes and in natural links land, these holes were designed by club member Des Giffin.

Due to this makeover on The Strand Course left an extra 9 holes from the original layout, which was expanded to 18 holes in 2001 and this is known as The Riverside Course.


The club held a qualifying round for The Open Championship in 1951 when it was played at Royal Portrush. The club played host to the Irish Amateur Championship in 1992, and has hosted other events such as the Irish Professional and Irish Amateur. The British Girls Championship was also hosted in 2006, won by Belen Mozo of Spain.

Most recently it has co-hosted The Amateur Championship in 2014 along with Royal Portrush which was won by Bradley Neil of Scotland.[4] It also hosted The British Ladies Amateur Championship in 2015, won by Céline Boutier of France.[5]

In 2017, Portstewart hosted the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, from the 6-9 July for the first time in the club's history, which was won by Jon Rahm of Spain who shot a record-breaking -24 in The Irish Open. This was by far the biggest tournament the club had ever hosted and attracted crowds of 92,000+ for the whole week.[6]

Portstewart will co-host the Boys Amateur Championship along with Royal Portrush in 2018.


Strand Course – Championship tees

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Tubber Patrick 427 4 10 Fisherman's Walk 407 4
2 Devil's Hill 366 4 11 Fernside 407 4
3 The Settlement 218 3 12 Barmouth 167 3
4 Thistly Hollow 583 5 13 Cashlandoo 555 5
5 Rifle Range 461 4 14 The Hill 522 5
6 Five Penny Piece 143 3 15 Articlave 198 3
7 Strawberry Hill 516 5 16 The Plateau 418 4
8 Portnahapple 445 4 17 Agherton 436 4
9 Larkhill 378 4 18 Strand Head 471 4
Out 3,537 36 In 3,581 36
Total 7,118 72


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