|The most spectacular opening tee shot in Irish golf.|
date so that the tournament precedes the Scottish Open by one week, and the Open Championship by two. Consider that Phil Mickelson has played at the Scottish Open for the past few years, alongside other Americans (Rickie Fowler won in 2015), and there is now a very real possibility that some of these same American Pros – possibly more – will make an appearance at Portstewart, thereby getting a solid two weeks of links golf practice before competing in golf’s oldest Major.
|Views back over the par three 3rd (and 2nd beyond) from |
Portstewart's 4th tee.
|The par three 6th at Portstewart - known as 'Five Penny Piece' - bears|
similar lethal hallmarks to Royal Troon's Postage Stamp.
|The 6th green from the 7th tee shows the sort of slopes you'll|
have to contend with if you miss the putting surface.
|The tricky approach to the par four 8th (a sharp dogleg left)|
* While Portmarnock declines to admit lady members it is unlikely that the Irish Open will return to the Dublin venue.
For Portstewart this is the first time the course will be hosting a European Tour event and there will be other clubs out there hoping to emulate Portstewart in the years ahead… County Sligo, most notably.
|Portstewart's 17th green from the 18th fairway. You approach |
the green from the right.