Ballycastle Golf Club
2 Cushendall Road, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
- par: 71 71
- length: 5.242 m 4.871 m
- par: 71 71
- length: 5.242 m 4.871 m
- architect:Commander Alfred Malcolm Causton R.N.
Situated on one of the most northerly tips of Northern Ireland is the golf course at the Ballycastle Golf Club. Lying within Country Antrim the club lies just outside of the seaside town from which is takes its name. It is perfectly placed to offer some excellent views out across the churning North Atlantic and there is a regular boat crossing from Ballycastle to the nearby Rathlin Island which is the only inhabited island off the coast of Northern Ireland and is as stunning as it is mysterious.
The club has a long and interesting history and is credited as being one of the founding members of the Golfing Union of Ireland. Originally known as “Warren Links” the club was founded in 1890 and has developed well over the years. Obviously the course has seen a number of designers work on it during its lifetime however it has matured well and is a true pleasure to play on.
Of a distinctive links-cum-parkland style, there are a good mixture of holes here that will provide significant challenge for even the most experienced of players. Measuring 5373 metres from the white tees with a par of 71 the course is unique and interesting with a number of natural streams and rivers presenting a major challenge. Gorse and sand dunes combine with mature trees and woodland to create this true fusion of a course. This is perhaps not the best for traditionalists although the combination of styles works perfectly for those looking for something a little different.
Facilities at the club are good and there is everything here that a golfer should need for an enjoyable time. There is a well-stocked bar offering a variety of refreshments for visitors to enjoy after their rounds and the “Warren” restaurant serves a great selection of delicious dishes. There are also locker rooms for both ladies and gentlemen and there is a pro-shop on site offering equipment hire and tuition.
Visitors are warmly welcomed by the club and the best option with regards to tee times is perhaps the open competition that the club holds weekly and is the perfect opportunity for visitors to enjoy the course. Green fee rates are as to be expected for a course of this calibre and prestige however there is a good discount available to those that book their tee times online in advance.
Road links to much of the north and east of the country are good and the capital of Belfast is just over an hour away by car. Onward links from Belfast to the rest of the United Kingdom and nearby Ireland are strong. There are fair accommodation options in and around the local area which should appeal to most tastes and budgets.
For more information about this golf course including ratings and reviews made by fellow golfers please see to the left of this page.
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Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballycastle Golf Club. is the average of 4 ratings obtained from www.top100golfcourses.co.ukI just did not get this course, sorry. I have played over 100 couses in the GB&I including 40+ in Ireland and this is disappointing. I do love quirky courses but this did not have enough charm for me. Absolutely appreciate the fact that the course had to use the parkland area in order to make the 18 and actually these are not bad holes (only downside was having to wait for a lady member practicing up and down the 1st and 5th holes while we were playing !). The 6th and 7th are decent holes and the 15th and 18th holes are very good.
Average rating obtained byThis rating for Ballycastle Golf Club. is the average of 3 ratings obtained from www.ukgolfguide.comI played Ballycastle on 10th June 2011. This is a course of 3 distinct parts. The first 5 holes are parkland and were wet & quite heavy due to lots of rain. The next section contains holes 6,7,8 & 18 and are true lincs golf, these are the best holes. The rest of the holes are on higher ground and are impacted by the wind (an ever present this week in N/Ireland). The greens were in good condition but not as quick as some of the neighbouring courses.It is a good course for most abilities to play with wide open fairways on the high section. The views at Ballycastle are stunning, when you stand on the 15th tee the views are brilliant through the full 360 degrees. The food was good quality,very reasonably priced and served quickly. I will definitely return next year.