I’m sure that the Top 100 connoisseurs out there already realise that there’s some good golf to be had on the north Antrim coast, but I bet few people realise how good it really is. I have recently come back from playing some of the finest courses in the British Isles- Ballyliffin, Portrush, Castlerock (that Bann course is awesome) – but for me, the highlight of the trip was Portstewart. The Strand is a course for the dune junkies, the dunes are simply gigantic and the front nine is routed directly through them. The scene is set from the off, the 1st has to be one of the best opening holes in all Ireland and things just get better and better. The only anti-climax is the back nine, which in my view is let down particularly by the last three holes. But and it’s a big BUT, the Strand’s front nine is worthy of the trip on it’s own. Simply stunning…Des Giffin thank you.
Date: February 09, 2005