The Strand Course
at Portstewart Golf Club

Northern Ireland, Ireland

The Strand Course overview

Golf at Portstewart Golf Club was originally formed in 1894, with a new 18-hole links course at Strand Head opening in 1907. Willie Park did a makeover in the 1920s and it wasn’t until 1992 that architect Des Giffin was able to incorporate seven new holes in a fresh set of sand dunes and create the magnificent Strand course that we see today.

One of three courses at Portstewart, this is the jewel in the crown and is regularly ranked third best in Northern Ireland after the Royals at County Down and Portrush. Located on the northern coast of Ireland with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Strand is defined by its undulating dunes, runoff pot bunkers, rolling fairways, and difficult manicured greens.

The wind invariably blows and at over 7000 yards off the tips, it is a fearsome challenge, which is why the European Tour chose it to host the 2017 Irish Open.

Signature Holes

The opening nine is one of the best in golf, with the first an intimidating downhill 425-yard par-4, and the two par-3s at the 3rd and 6th holes often tough to score well on.

Did You Know?

The other two courses at Portstewart Golf Club are called the Old and the Riverside. Both are much shorter than the Strand with the Riverside being our pick if you wanted to have a 36-hole day at the club.

Accommodation near The Strand Course

Royal County Down Golf Club

Offering two magnificent links courses in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful settings, Royal County Down is home to the number one ranked course on the planet.

Ardglass Golf Club

Ardglass is a breath-taking links gem close to Royal County Down. Very unique in the fact that the Irish Sea can be seen from all 18 tees and greens, with it coming into play on 8 holes.

Royal Belfast Golf Club

The oldest club in the whole of Ireland, Royal Belfast offers a beautiful parkland course with fantastic views of Belfast Lough and the Antrim plateau beyond. Traditional, historic and immaculate.

Europa Hotel

A towering landmark in the center of Belfast, the Europa Hotel is one of the premier hotels in Northern Ireland’s capital city. A great base for hitting all the big courses in the north.

Ballycastle Golf Club

Located on the northern coast of Northern Ireland, just a few yards from the spectacular shoreline of the Causeway Coast, Ballycastle Golf Club is one of the most scenic in the Emerald Isle.

Portstewart Golf Club

Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894 and is home to three links golf courses. The Strand Course is ranked 3rd in Northern Ireland after Royal County Down and Royal Portrush.

Royal Portrush Golf Club

The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush is one of the finest courses in the world, having hosted the Open Championship twice and the only venue to do so outside of mainland UK.

Castlerock Golf Club

One of the toughest links courses around when the wind blows, Castlerock ranks top 5 in Northern Ireland and is every bit as good as its more famous neighbors – Royal Portrush and Portstewart.

Portrush Atlantic Hotel

With many rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Portrush Atlantic Hotel is a quality 3-star hotel that makes a great base for a golf tour. The hotel also features a pleasant restaurant and café offering a wide range of cuisines.

Bushmills Inn Hotel

A superb 4-star boutique hotel, The Bushmills Inn was originally a Coaching Inn dating from the 1600’s. Nowadays, it mixes stunning architecture, beautiful grounds, unique rooms and great food.

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