Portstewart golf club Derry

Portstewart golf course Derry

Portstewart Golf Course

Portstewart Club Crest

Portstewart Golf Club was selected as the venue of the Irish Open Championship for 2017 to be held from July 6th to the 9th with the new date being closer to the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and the Scottish Open at Dundonald it is expected to attract most of the world’s top golfers not least our own Rory McIlroy who will be defending his title won at the K Club in 2016. Rory didn't make the cut and the Championship was won by the Jon Rahm with a record score of -24 to win by 6-shots and collect the cheque for €1,019,362.

The boast at Portstewart Golf Club is that it has "the finest opening hole in the game", where the tee shot is hit down into an amphitheatre between the sand dunes. At 427 yards off the blue tees the index 11 lets the golfer know he/she is on a golf course of note. Indeed Portstewart was used for the qualifying rounds of The Open in 1951 when it was played at Royal Portrush. It hosted the Irish Amateur Close Championship in 1960 when Shandon Park’s Michael Edwards lifted the title. The Close returned to Portstewart in 1992 when Kilkenny player Gary Murphy beat J. P. Fitzgerald by 2 and 1 in the final.
Portstewart Golf Club has 54 holes as a consequence of a decision by the members to acquire additional land, known as Thistly Hollow. This acquisition allowed for seven magnificent holes being woven into the Strand Course. The purchase of land in 1999 allowed the Riverside Course to become 18 holes. Along with the 18 hole Old Course, Portstewart Golf Club is the only Golf Club in Ireland to host 54 holes.
A classic links course, with elevated tees, rolling valleys, hogs-back contours and doglegs all combine to give a fascinating challenge of traditional golf. The second is 366 yards played from an elevated tee offering panoramic views of Portstewart strand, the holiday town and the River Bann.

Portstewart Golf Club has a long an illustrious history dating back to 1894. The magnificent clubhouse caters for the golfers every need and the visitor is assured of a warm welcome and a, memorable days golf on this true test of golf.

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 16-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Up-2);

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 18-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-1);

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 17-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-2);

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 15-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Up-2);

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 17-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 17-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 20-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the  No. 18-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the  No. 24-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the  No. 18-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the No. 23-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Portstewart's Strand Course was voted the  No. 14-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Strand Links
 
Green Fees Midweek: £130
Green Fees Midweek Low Season Nov. to April: £40
Green Fees Weekends & B.H.: £130
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Low Season: £60
Green Fees 36-Holes Weekdays: £180
Green Fees with a Member: £15/20
Green Fees for Opens: £20
Riverside Links:  
Green Fees Midweek: £22
Green Fees Weekends: £27
Old Course:
 
Green Fees Midweek: £10
Green Fees Weekends: £15
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: £30
Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Caddies: £40 Yes
Full Membership Available Proposed: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £870
Full Ladies Assoc. Membership Fee: £500
Full Senior Membership Fee: £430
Full Ladies Seniors Membership Fee: £285
Full Student Membership Fee: £290
Entrance Fee: £1,600
Course Type Links
No Holes 54
Designer Willie Park & Des Griffin
Founded 1894
Address

117 Strand Road,
Portstewart,
Co. Londonderry
BT55 7PG

Telephone 028-70-832015
Email michael@portstewartgc.co.uk
Website Portstewart golf club website
Secretary/Manager: Michael Moss
Captain: Paul Hewitt
Lady Captain: Julie Corbett
Presidents': G. Miller & Anne Paul
Vice-Captains': D. McHugh &
Hon. Secretary: Patsy Trolan & Pamela Logue
Club Pro: Neil Graham 028-70-832601
Hon. Treasurer: David Lamont & Hazel Browne
Comp. Secretary: Paul Garrett & Mo Giffin
Portstewart Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.171944
Long:-6.725929
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 12.00am-9.00pm April-Sept
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, no denim
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Sundays & Bank Holidays
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other days Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Portstewart Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event Start Finish Type Duration
Lady Captain's Prize Saturday 27 May   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 29 July   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Wednesday 26 July   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 19 August   Closed 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 3 May   Open 1
Ladies Lafone Cup Singles Stableford Wednesday 21 June   Open 1
Irish Open Championship Thursday 6 July Sunday 9 July PGA 4
Irish Open Championship Friday 7 July   PGA 1
Irish Open Championship Saturday 8 July   PGA 1
Irish Open Championship Sunday 9 July   PGA
1
Ladies Singles Stableford Monday 24 July   Open 1
Singles Stableford Thursday 27 July   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 2 August   Open 1
Senior Scratch Cup (36-hole) Sunday 6 August   Open 1
Junior Scratch Cup (36-hole) Sunday 6 August
  Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 30 August   Open 1
Ladies Singles Stableford Wednesday 27 September   Open 1
The Great North Links Challenge Wednesday 11 October Friday 13 October  Open 3
The Great North Links Challenge Thursday 12 October   Open 1
The Great North Links Challenge Friday 13 October    Open 1

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Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 72 SSS 71 6,606 yd's
Red Par 73 SSS 73 5,853 yd's
Blue Par 72 SSS 73 7,004 yd's

Card

Name Hole No. Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
Tuber Patrick 1 427 417 4 11 400 4 7
Devil's Hill 2 366 360 4 7 347 4 1
The Settlement 3 218 205 3 13 166 3 17
Thirsty Hollow 4 583 522 5 5 442 5 9
Rifle Range 5 461 449 4 1 334 4 3
Five Penny Piece 6 143 135 3 17 110 3 13
Strawberry Hill 7 516 475 5 15 423 5 11
Portnahapple 8 445 411 4 3 357 4 5
Larkhill 9 378 350 4 9 268 4 15
  Out 3,492 3,324 36   2,847 36  
Fisherman's Walk 10 407 396 4 10 370 4 2
Fernside 11 407 376 4 4 312 4 14
Barmouth 12 167 154 3 18 140 3 18
Cashlandoo 13 555 487 5 16 469 5 6
The Hill 14 493 469 5 12 444 5 16
Articlave 15 168 159 3 14 118 3 16
The Plateau 16 418 389 4 6 363 4 4
Agherton 17 436 428 4 2 419 5 12
Strand Head 18 461 424 4 8 371 4 10
  In 3,512 3,282 36   3,006 37  
  Total 7,004 6,606 72   5,853 73  
  SSS 73 71     73    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 67 D. Ballentine & M. Kilgore

Ladies Course Record

Members Achievements

Congratulatulations to Paul Cutler, who together with Gareth Shaw (Lurgan Golf Club), Niall Kearney (The Royal Dublin Golf Club), Jonathan Caldwell (Clandeboye Golf Club), Shane Lowry (Esker Hills Golf Club) retained the European Amateur Team Championship at Turin Heat on Saturday 5th July 2008, when they beat England in the final by 4 ½ matches to 2 ½.

Portstewart Golf Club where Runners-Up in the All-Ireland Junior Cup at Shannon Golf Club on Friday 17th September 2004, having beaten Connacht Champions Galway the previous day. They lost out to Lucan Golf Club by 4 matches to 1 match.

Paul Cutler was selected to represent Ireland in the European Amateur Team Championship at Osterakers Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday 6th to Saturday 10th July 2010. The others on the team were Cian Curley Newlands G. C., Alan Dunbar Rathmore G. C., Paul Dunne Greystones G. C., Dara Lernihan Castle G. C. and Pat Murray Limerick G. C., they were captained by Kevin Flanagan.

Maura Diamond was selected on the Ulster Girls' team for the Smurfit Interprovincial Championship at Enniscrone Golf Club from the 18th to the 20th of April 2001.

Prior to 2001:

Portstewart Golf Club won the All-IrelandIrish Junior Cup at Lahinch G. C. in 1973.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

D. W. Ballentine represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1981 playing 3-matches, won 2-matches and halved 1-match accumulating 5-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1985 to 1988 playing 34-times won 18-matches halved one and lost 15-matches accumulating 37-points;

Paul Cutler represented Ireland as a Senior International from 2007 to 2010 playing 36-times won 23-matches halved three and lost 10-matches accumulating 49-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level from 2007 to 2008 playing 4-matches, won 2-matches and lost 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ireland at Irish Boys level from 2006 to 2007 playing 18-times won 11-matches halved four and lost 3-matches accumulating 26-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 2007 to 2010 playing 24-times won 12-matches halved four and lost 8-matches accumulating 28-points. He represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships from 2006 to 2007 playing 12-times won 9-matches and lost 3-matches accumulating 18-points;

D. Ballentine represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s in 1991 playing 5-times won 3-matches halved one and lost 1-match accumulating 7-points;

Aaron Lundy represented Ulster at the Boys Interprovincial Championships in 1996 playing 6-times won 3-matches halved two and lost 1-match accumulating 8-points;

M. Diamond was selected on the ILGU Junior squad in November 2000;

Patricia Madill played for the Irish Girls' in 1971 and 1972;

Maureen Madill played for the Irish Girls' in 1972 and 1973. She won the Stroke Play Foursomes together with Miss Mary Gorry of Blessington in 1980;

History of Portstewart

Instituted 1894 affiliated 1895

The Coleraine Chronicle on 4th May, 1895, records "On the motion of Mr. Lyle, seconded by Mr. O’Neill, the chair was taken by Mr. Montagu, J. P., who briefly explained the steps which had been taken for the organisation of the club since its origination in September last and the terms upon which the grounds for the links had been leased. The club has, he said, been formed principally for the benefit of Portstewart and the success, which had already been attained, was most gratifying, the membership being about 130. The business of that meeting was the election of officers and the adoption of rules and bye-laws. The Annual General Meeting would be held each September"

The first Captain was Mr. R. A. C. Montagu, with Mr. Marcus Greg J. P. as Hon. Secretary and Mr. George Wilson as the Hon. Treasurer.

The original course was a nine-hole and in 1907 a separate eighteen-hole course was laid out near the town. The club has 54 holes now.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
M. McAllister 1990 Ladies Captain
D. Wreath 1990 Mens Captain
H. E. Doherty 1990 President
D. E. Shackleton 1991 Ladies Captain
Dr. B. Garrett 1991 Mens Captain
H. E. Doherty 1991 President
J. A. McHugh 1992 Ladies Captain
A. McAuley 1992 Mens Captain
H. E. Doherty 1992 President
B. McKenna 1993 Ladies Captain
Dr. J. A. McHugh 1993 Mens Captain
R. J. Smyth 1993 President
D. McCorduck 1994 Ladies Captain
J. McGrotty 1994 Mens Captain
R. J. Smyth 1994 President
W. Balmer 1995 Ladies Captain
E. O'Kane 1995 Mens Captain
R. J. Smyth 1995 President
K. McCarron 1996 Ladies Captain
N. Baldmer 1996 Mens Captain
T. A. D. Martin 1996 President
I. Hall 1997 Ladies Captain
J. P. Donaghy 1997 Mens Captain
T. A. D. Martin 1997 President
M. Travers 1998 Ladies Captain
C. J. Miller 1998 Mens Captain
E. Devenney 1998 President
M. Moffett 1999 Ladies Captain
Des Smith 1999 Mens Captain
E. Devenney 1999 President
H. Johnston 2000 Ladies Captain
Alistair Glenn 2000 Mens Captain
G. S. Meldrum 2000 President
L. McFillis 2001 Ladies Captain
Shaun McCafferty 2001 Mens Captain
G. S. Meldrum 2001 President
Anne Paul 2002 Ladies Captain
David Avery 2002 Mens Captain
P. J. Donnelly 2002 President
T. J. Duffy 2003 Ladies Captain
Adrian Wreath 2003 Mens Captain
P. J. Donnelly 2003 President
Clara Crozier 2004 Ladies Captain
Richard Small 2004 Mens Captain
Des Griffin 2004 President
Noleen Donnolly 2005 Ladies Captain
Ann Bingham 2005 Ladies President
Paddy McLoughlin 2005 Mens Captain
Des Griffin 2005 President
Marie Lynch 2006 Ladies Captain
Isabel Hall 2006 Ladies President
Brian Fillis 2006 Mens Captain
Colm Diamond 2006 President
Sadie De Largy 2007 Ladies Captain
Ann Bingham 2007 Ladies President
Mark Scott 2007 Mens Captain
Des Giffin 2007 President
Jean Robinson 2008 Ladies Captain
Briege McKenna 2008 Ladies President
Ivan McDonald 2008 Mens Captain
Des Giffin 2008 President
Celine Harley 2009 Ladies Captain
Briege McKenna 2009 Ladies President
Patsy Trolan 2009 Mens Captain
Des Wreath 2009 President
Christine Hutchinson 2010 Ladies Captain
Kae McCarron 2010 Ladies President
Derek Agnew 2010 Mens Captain
Bertie McAuley 2010 President
Susan Kelly 2011 Ladies Captain
Kae McCarron 2011 Ladies President
Adrian McNeice 2011 Mens Captain
Bertie McAuley 2011 President
Mary Glover 2012 Ladies Captain
Mary Johnston 2012 Ladies President
John Beadon 2012 Mens Captain
J. A. Hugh 2012 President
Mo Griffin 2013 Ladies Captain
Mary Johnston
2013 Ladies President
Malclom Glover 2013 Mens Captain
J. A. Hugh
2013 President
Rosie Millar 2014 Ladies Captain
Louie Fillis 2014 Ladies President
Mark Windebank 2014 Mens Captain
Jimmy McGrotty 2014 President
Sheila Aicken 2015 Ladies Captain
Louie Fillis 2015 Ladies President
A. Taggart 2015 Mens Captain
J. Donaghy 2015 President
Irene Murray 2016 Ladies Captain
Anne Paul
2016 Ladies President
G. Hassan 2016 Mens Captain
J. Donaghy 2016 President
Julie Corbett
2017 Ladies Captain
  2017 Ladies President
  2017 Mens Captain
  2017 President
Lesley Hemphill 2017 Lowest Ladie's H'cap
Mark Hamphill 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Mark Kilgore 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap
Stephen Garrett 2017 Lowest Men's H'cap

Holes in One at Portstewart

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Rosie King 3 August 2012 12th 7-Wood 140 yd's
Thelma Smith 25 November 2012 12th Driver 140 yd's
Laureen Greenlees 23 April 2014
5th Driver
119 yd's