Castlerock Golf Club - Mussenden Course

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

  • holes:18
  • par: 73 75
  • length: 6.223 m 5.900 m
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  • holes:18
  • slope: 124
  • year:1909
  • par: 73 75
  • length: 6.223 m 5.900 m

Found in the far north of Northern Ireland is the Castlerock Golf Club and its two excellent golf courses. Lying within County Londonderry, the site lies close to the major town of Coleraine and is just a short drive down the coast from Portrush, which is home to the world renowned Royal Portrush Golf Club. The surrounding area is a true spot of natural beauty and all that visit here are sure to appreciate this fact. 

The foundations of this club date back to 1900 when a meeting was held to consider the feasibility of laying down a golf course in the area. All went well and in the June of 1901 the formal inauguration of the club took place. Originally the club played on a course of just nine holes however the course was soon extended to 18 holes in 1909. Over the years, the club and its courses have grown and diversified and now the club is home to the main Mussenden Course which is the flagship and the smaller yet still enjoyable nine hole Bann 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.

Facilities at the club are generally good and all are sure to receive a warm welcome from the clubhouse as well as a well poured pint of the famous black stuff. There is both a bar and restaurant area for players to enjoy after their rounds and there is a modest pro shop offering an array of equipment and apparel for visitors. 

As the Mussenden is the main course here, tee time availability for visitors is somewhat restricted although there is sure to be a time to suit all if arranged in advance particularly if they are willing to play between Monday and Thursday. Green fee rates for this course are somewhat steep however, when you consider the quality and prestige of both the club and the course it is rather reasonable. There are a number of attractive discounts and offers available for players wanting to combine play on both of the courses that the club has to offer.

The club is well linked to much of the rest of the country and nearby Ireland is also easy to reach by road. As the area is popular with golfing visitors there are a number of accommodation options in and around the local area that are sure to appeal to all. 

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Reviews (31)

  • Player
    3 reviews

    A must play

    If you are over in N.Ireland, this is a must play course. Always in fine condition its has a great variety of holes to test every part of your game. My favourite hole is the par 3 fourth hole, God help you if the wind is blowing left to right :-)
    Castlerock Golf Club - Mussenden Course
    8.1 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L
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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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