The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation will take place for the first time at Portstewart Golf Club from July 6-9, 2017.
After a fantastic 2016 championship at The K Club, Kildare where Rory McIlroy produced two incredible shots in the last three holes to secure victory, the host will defend his title as the Irish Open heads to Northern Ireland for the third time in six years. Located just down the road from where the sell-out Irish Open took place at Royal Portrush in 2012, The European Tour is bringing one of its most popular tournaments back with large crowds expected to turn out to support the event once again.
Set on Ulster’s stunning Causeway Coast, Portstewart features three 18-hole layouts, with the Des Giffin-designed Strand Course – which will host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2017 – considered the jewel in the crown. Enhance in 1986 on natural links land known as ‘Thistly Hollow’, the Strand Course has hosted numerous amateur tournaments including the 2014 Amateur Championship.
“Portstewart is an excellent links course and one of Northern Ireland’s hidden gems,” said Rory McIlroy, who won this year’s event at The K Club.
Tour officials had been in discussions with Portstewart and visited the course – which is regarded as having one of the most spectacular front-nine holes in Great Britain and Ireland – on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
“We have no doubt the Strand Course will provide nothing less than a worthy test of golf,” said Portstewart’s general manager Michael Moss.