Portstewart Old Course – The common touch

Portstewart Old Course 18th hole

Portstewart Old Course 18th hole

While the rich play the Strand, the middle class lose their balls on the Riverside, down at the other end of town, hanging out with the cheap pitch and putts is the old course.

The third, and often overlooked of the Portstewart trio is the old course. The seaside holes, of which there are five, are the most interesting of the 18. As they demand some accurate shooting, and they also give you a taste of the randomness of links golf.

Portstewart Old Course Hole three

Portstewart Old Course Hole three

The inland holes are fine, and provide an opportunity to hit the long ball. But be warned, the inland holes don’t take much water.

For the golfer looking for value, the Old Course should be high up on the list. Because for less than 15 quid you can get 18 holes of fun on a Saturday, and even cheaper during the week.

Location: On the coast road leading out of Portstewart heading for Portrush.

Cost: I paid 12 on a Saturday in winter

WB’s favourite hole: The par three third, which is a 170 yard carry across a rocky bay.

Brook running across 1st and 18th holes

Brook running across 1st and 18th holes