Featured Golf Club of the Month: Portstewart

Situated on Ulster’s magnificent Causeway Coast, Portstewart Golf Club is one of Northern Ireland’s most distinguished golf clubs with world class facilities. We’ve chosen to feature Portstewart as our featured golf club of the month, so keep reading to find out about this iconic club and its courses.  

The Beginning 

Portstewart Golf Club was founded in 1894, however, it’s believed that golf has been played here since even further than 1889. Portstewart was originally built as a 9-hole course at the existing location of the Old Course before being upgraded to 18 holes in 1934.  

The club’s first Clubhouse, affectionately known as the ‘Tin Shack’, was built by local contractor, John Frizzell, in 1895. This Clubhouse remained until the opening of the substantial building in 1931 which still stands today. The club’s first Captain and first President was J.M.C. Montagu. 

The Courses 

Few clubs in the British Isles or Ireland can claim to have three courses under their name – Portstewart is one that can. Portstewart golf club is made of the Old Course, The Strand and The Riverside Course.  

The Old Course 

PAR 64, 4,822 YARDS 

Here is where it all began. The Old Course is situated at the eastern end of Portstewart town, beginning and ending at the site of the original course. Its 18 holes are perched along the rocky coast before rising inland, offering a wonderful panoramic sea view. The Old Course is particularly great for groups, holiday makers and beginner golfers.  

The Strand 

PAR 72, 7,118 YARDS 

The development of a new links course at Strand Head was approved in 1907 and left in the hands of Mr A.G. Gow of Portrush. Since then, The Strand Course has had many makeovers over the years, becoming the masterpiece that it is today. Many golfers will insist that The Strand Course is the centerpiece of Portstewart, and not just because of its magnificent views of the Donegal Hills and Atlantic Ocean. The Strand is commonly referred to as the ‘sleeping giant’ because it offers a true test of golf – definitely one of the finest links courses in Ireland.  

The Riverside Course 

PAR 68, 5,725 YARDS 

In 1999, more land was purchased to allow the expansion of the latter to 18 holes. This land is now known as The Riverside Course which opened in 2003. A little less hectic than The Stand Course, The Riverside consists of a classic links layout along a peaceful estuary rather than the wild Atlantic. Nevertheless, it’s no less enjoyable than the other courses. The Riverside Course offers a break from the harsh winds that The Strand Course is often exposed to.  


Portstewart Golf Club has hosted many prestigious golfing events over the years. The first major competition to be held on The Strand Course was the Irish Native Professional Golf Championship which took place in 1931. The most recent event to take place here was the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, also at The Strand Course. Jon Rahm, winner of the event said: “The golf course is amazing. It’s probably one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, if not the most.” Several other events played here include the British Ladies Senior Championship, Amateur Championship and The IPGA Championships.  

The team at Best of Scotland Holidays are experts in planning golf holiday packages in Ireland. Our Ireland golf packages allow visitors to play some of the most picturesque and prestigious courses in the world. The 450 courses across Ireland and Northern Ireland offer a mix of old and new, from luxurious clubhouses to rugged natural links that offer a challenge with stunning backdrops.  

Contact us today if you are a travel agent looking to arrange golf holiday packages in Ireland for your clients.  

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