Ireland – North East – Portstewart – 6779 yds – Par 72
As with many Irish links courses, Portstewart boasts a long history. While the origins of golf in the area date from 1889, the club was not founded until 1894. Such was the interest in the game; the club was forced to move from their original nine hole layout to a larger site at the opposite end of the town.
Further expansion was undertaken in the 1960’s following the acquisition of more land, while in 1992, the extension into the area of dunes known as “Thistly Hollow” yielded the Strand Course, a links which is today widely considered as one of the finest in Ireland.
Measuring 6,779 yards from the championship stakes, the Strand Course at Portstewart, which is set in classic links country amidst towering sand dunes, is a difficult but fair links layout and offers magnificent views of the Donegal Hills, Atlantic Ocean, Strand Beach and River Bann. And in days when development of new courses can run into millions of pounds, it is to the credit of Portstewart Golf Club, that their own staff has largely created the layout at the Strand Course.