Portstewart Golf Club, Portstewart, County Derry
Founded 1894. Links Course
Located on the same stretch of coastline as the world-renowned links of Royal Portrush, Portstewart Golf Club boasts a magnificent setting on the famous Causeway Coast. The golf club offers 54 holes of links golf but it is the Championship Strand Course that is the jewel in the crown. Founded in 1894 and redesigned by Willie Park Jr, in the 1920’s, Portstewart is one of the few Irish courses to have hosted final qualifying for the British Open and did so in 1951 when the Open was staged at Royal Portrush. No golfing visit to the area should exclude Portstewart.
Northern Ireland has many stories to tell about its troubled past but thankfully the harrowing historical element is now confined to history and we can more fully appreciate the region for its general beauty and many attractions. The Antrim coastline in particular is breath-taking, with the Giants Causeway a must-see for any visitor.
Playing Royal Portrush & Portstewart provides the ideal opportunity to visit the famous Bushmills Distillery nearby, while you should also take in the imposing ruins of Dunluce Castle and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Belfast is another vibrant city, which offers much in terms of attractions, restaurants and excellent shopping. The recently opened Titanic Belfast is a wonderful experience and should be included if at all possible, while the Ulster Museum and Belfast City Hall are also well worth a visit if time allows. Travelling south from Belfast, your likely destination as a golfer is Newcastle, home to the world renowned golf links of Royal County Down. Highly recommended in this area are Castlewellan Forest Park and Tollymore Forest Park. Both locations offer stunning scenery and beautiful walks.