Castlerock Golf Club, is a classic links course set amid towering dunes. Situated on the Causeway coast and only a 20 minute drive from both Royal Portrush Golf Club and Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock is a more than worthy neighbour to both of these great Irish links.
Founded in April 1901, the original course comprised nine holes and was laid out on the western part of the present course. Additional land was leased in 1908 and Ben Sayers, the professional from North Berwick in Scotland, was commissioned to design an eighteen hole layout. Though better known as a club maker, Sayers produced a superb layout and insisted that the links of Castlerock would equal those at Troon, North Berwick and Sandwich. Though not officially recorded, it is known that Harry Colt, while spending much time in Ireland with his work at Royal Portrush, was consulted regarding the redesign of the Castlerock links around 1930.
Today, Castlerock is rated as one of Ireland’s finest links courses and its status in the game is reflected by the fact that it has hosted many National Championships both Amateur and Professional.
Mussenden Links Course
Measuring just under 6170 metres from the white tees and with a par of 73, the Mussenden Course is no easy golfing experience and is sure to challenge even the most prolific of players. Due to its location overlooking the churning North Atlantic, the course is of a traditional links style and features are very classical here. Players should expect undulating, rugged terrain combined with lots of sand and a number of natural water features which come together to create this challenging yet visually stunning course.
Consisting of 9 holes, the smaller Bann course has more universal appeal for players and is the more sympathetic of the courses. The style of the course is a mixture between parkland and links and is an intriguing and unique course that still offers its fair share of challenge. Measuring just short of 2240 metres and with a par of 34, this is an enjoyable and picturesque course that still has a good presence of features and hazards to keep players on their toes.