Portstewart Golf Club
Incredible, magnificent, breath taking are only some of the superlatives that I would use for this absolute gem. With 3 courses of the highest quality but often in the shadows of its Neighbour Royal Portrush you may be forgiven to think that this is a poor relation. Think again. The Strand Course, host to the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was described by tournament winner Jon Rahm as “probably one of the most beautiful golf courses I have ever seen, if not the most” and I couldn’t agree more.
Is it a course defined by its magical landscape?? No. This huge Par 72 course takes you on an adventure of almost 7200 yards and with the unpredictability of the weather due to the exposure to the Atlantic Ocean at almost every hole you need to be on your best form to make headway on a good score card. With unforgiven sand dunes, lively fairways and perfectly manicured greens this course will test all aspects of the accomplished player. I quickly figured out, accomplished I am not!!
Of all the First Tee boxes I have stood upon and visualised that perfect first shot, there is none more etched in my memory than the 1st at The Strand course. Elevated position, with views unlike no other in word golf, into a dog leg to find an emerald green between the remarkable dunes is 7 shots I will never forget.