Castlerock Golf Club - Bann Course

65 Circular Road, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland

  • holes:9
  • par: 34 34
  • length: 2.450 m 2.450 m
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  • holes:9
  • par: 34 34
  • length: 2.450 m 2.450 m

Lying in the far north of Northern Ireland within County Londonderry are the golf courses at the Castlerock Golf Club. Nestled overlooking the steely North Atlantic Ocean, the views and panoramas that can be had from this site are truly out of this world. The local towns of Portrush and Coleraine have good general amenities for all and the local area is well known in the golfing world thanks to its large number of excellent golf courses, it is particularly synonymous with those of the traditional links style.

The site is home to two golf courses, the main Mussenden and the smaller yet still interesting Bann course which is named after the ebbing River Bann that lies very close to the site. The foundations of golf on the site date back to the early 20th century and therefore the club has a rich and diverse history spanning decades, a fact that is soon apparent to all that visit here. 

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. 

The clubhouse is home to fair general facilities and there is both a bar and restaurant for players to enjoy after their rounds in which they are all sure to receive a warm and friendly welcome. Furthermore there is a pro shop on site offering a selection of goods from a number of international brands and practice facilities include a short game area on which players can refine their skills. 

Usually visitors combine their play on the Bann with a round on the Mussenden meaning that tee time availability is similar however it can be played as a stand-alone course if so wished. Green fee rates reflect the quality of the courses and the club and vary somewhat depending upon the time of the week/season.

The nearby towns of Portrush and Coleraine are well connected to much of the rest of the country as well as nearby Ireland by road. Onward links to elsewhere are strongest from the capital Belfast which is around an hour and twenty minutes to the southeast of the site by car. There are fair accommodation options in and around the local that are sure to 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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Reviews (30)

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    I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with the first 3 holes here, but I was delighted with what followed. After a bland start, the 4th is a fantastic par 3 with out of bounds (and a railway line) all down the right, as with the following par 5. The course then wends it's way through the dunes, with the most punishing rough of any course we played on our Northern Irish tour.Some great elevated tees and greens. We were unfortunate to have a consistent rain throughout our round, which obviously made the course more difficult, but it's a really good golf course. The clubhouse and Pro Shop were hugely welcoming and accommodating. A must play if you're on the Causeway coast.(Round played: Apr 2015 - Score: 93 Handicap: 13.9)
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    We had the three seasons in one day experience here. But I can honestly say that of all the links courses I have played this ranks only below Turnberry in quality. The dunes can be enormous and knowing your way around them key. So it would be nice if the course guide had a bit of pro advice in it for those of us who cannot stretch to caddies. The negative comments below completely amaze me, this is a very very strong links where placement is key and club selection off the the tees absolutely critical. The over all care that has gone into the course (although the greens were slow for a links course) and the obvious pride and family focus that has gone into the place is wonderful. My tour now heads to Portstewart and Royal Portrush and if they are ranked higher then my reports will even more glowing. So if you are a links fan some of the views and vistas and dramatic sweeps of Castlerock will take your breath away.
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    Castlerock gave us the perfect links golf experience during a recent golf tour in Northern Ireland. It may be less well known that some of its prestigious neighbours but the course is outstanding and the scenery spectacular. The huge sand dunes through which many holes make this proper seaside golf, and the greens were among the best I've played on this year.The clubhouse is simple but welcoming, and the dining room is about 12 feet from the back of the 18th green - great for watching your mates hole out, bad for thinned approach shots! After the first three or four holes climb over the hill, you get to two brilliant holes that are stretched right alongside the railway tracks. A small slice = out of bounds. Par-three then par-five, both are stern tests. The 7th and 8th are strong par-4s, while the 9th was perhaps my favourite; it's a long par-3 (200+), almost totally enclosed by dunes that give it a sort of stadium feel.If you've got time, play the 9-hole Bann Course as well, it's a gem. The proximity to the likes of Royal Portrush and Portstewart make Castlerock the ideal choice for golf tourists in the area, and you can stay easily in Derry or Portrush itself. This is among the most enjoyable courses I've played in a long time, big thumbs up.
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    Well, in the surroundings there are better places. Links course with ordinary grass growing where it is not going anywhere up there. Holes 6-11 are "Filler" without leaving big tracks. Clubhouse very easy as I said I don't know.
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