|The 2nd hole - a short but daunting par four.|
Wednesday last (17th May) marked 50 days until the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
at Portstewart Golf Club... which tees off on Thursday 6th July.
The event, as part of the Rolex Series, has raised the profile of this Co. Londonderry golf course considerably. Set on the magnificent Causeway Coast, the golf club boasts three courses but
remains overshadowed by Royal Portrush, a few miles east. The Irish Open is likely to change that, especially as the European Tour and Rory are attracting some big names to come and play. Justin Rose, Jon Rahm and Lee Westwood are all lined up, and a few more are bound to be added to the mix in the next few weeks.
|The double page spread in July's Golf Monthly|
In Ireland, the Portstewart Strand
course is hailed for its dramatic opening hole and also for having what is arguably the best opening front nine in the 32 counties... but the July edition of Golf Monthly
(out now) goes one further, identifying it as the best front nine in the UK
. That's a bold claim but these holes are as muscular and impressive as they come and you are bound to see some dramatic play from the Pros when July rolls around.
|Approach to the Index 1 5th at Portstewart|
Our national Open will be bigger and better than ever before - there's even going to be a music stage - and you can buy daily or season tickets here
. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.
|The stunning 4th hole at Portstewart|
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