Castlerock is a seaside village, located on the Irsh Causeway Coast. The course lies at the mouth of the River Bann, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, the Isle of Islay is visible to the north, and to the west, the rolling hills of Donegal.
Castlerock Golf Club was founded in 1901, originally as a nine-hole layout. The famous Scottish club maker, Ben Sayers, extended the course to 18 holes in 1908. In 1925, Harry Colt made further modifications. Living in the shadow of its famous neighbors, Portstewart and Royal Portrush, Castlerock Golf Club is every bit as good, and should not disappoint. This is one of the toughest links courses around, with some fantastic holes. Play close to your handicap and you are doing exceptionally well.
The wind is a huge factor and when it blows, it wll no doubt affect scoring. So much so, that in 2001, during the Ireland PGA International at Castlerock, Paul McGinley registered the course record of 64 on a calm day. The previous day, when the wind was up, the eventual winner Des Smyth, was the only player to score better than par.
The entire course lies squarely between the railway line and the river and sea. Many holes meander through inviting dunes, but equally many occupy less rolling ground inland.
Castlerock also has a 9-hole course called the Bann which is routed through majestic sand dunes. The layout is similar to the main Mussenden course, and the par five 5th is considered to be one of the most scenic holes in Irish golf. We recommend 27 holes when you visit to take advantage of all the Castlerock has to offer.