Portstewart Strand Course Review
Par 72, 7,004 yards, links
The 8th is a superb dogleg. It measures 427 yards and has a narrow fairway, with a tough second shot played to another well-guarded, raised green. As you stand on the 9th tee, you see the green 365 yards away. It looks pretty straightforward, with a rolling fairway - but catch a bad bounce and you will end up in the rough. And do not hit your approach over the green, as plenty of trouble awaits.
A terrific finishing stretch starts with the 420-yard par 4, 16th. It calls for a drive to the right side of the fairway,which slopes from right to left and will punish anything hit with a draw. A well-contoured green provides some fabulous views.
The 17th, measuring 436 yards, features some quirky tufts of rough in the middle of the fairway, with trouble right and left. It is played to another raised green, with thick rough at the rear.
And the 18th, at 461 yards, is one of the toughest holes on the course, with a green that stands in the shadow of the clubhouse. It is also lightening quick, contoured, and very well protected by bunkers.
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