Castlerock golf club Derry

Castlerock golf course Derry

Castlerock Golf Course

Castlerock Club Crest

Castlerock Golf Club was founded over one hundred years ago in 1901. Ben Sayers expanded the original layout to 18-holes in 1908. Castlerock is renowned locally for its good greens - all year round. The best-known hole is the fourth, called the Leg o’ Mutton, a 200-yard par-3 with a railway line to the right, a burn on the left and a raised Green. The course varies from the norm in that it has five par-5’s four par-3’s and nine par-4’s adding up to a par of 73. Changes to Sayers’ layout were, made by Harry Colt in 1925 and in later years slight improvements were, made by Frank Pennick.

Castlerock was voted the No. 40-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2017 (Up-1);

Castlerock was voted the No. 41-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2016 (Same);

Castlerock was voted the No. 41-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2015 (Down-3);

Castlerock was voted the No. 38-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2014 (Down-3);

Castlerock was voted the No. 35-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2013 (Same);

Castlerock was voted the No. 35-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2012;

Castlerock was voted the No. 23-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2012, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Castlerock was voted the No. 28-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2010;

Castlerock was voted the  No. 26-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2010, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Castlerock was voted the No. 28-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2009;

Castlerock was voted the  No. 26-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2009, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Castlerock was voted the  No. 31-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2008;

Castlerock was voted the  No. 27-Links/Shoreline Course in Ireland by "Backspin" Irelands leading Golf magazine in 2008, the panel comprised of a selection of 52 Professional and amateur golfers throughout Ireland;

Green Fees Midweek Mussenden 18-Holes: £80
Green Fees Midweek Mussenden 36-Holes: £110
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Mussenden 18-Holes: £95
Green Fees Weekends & B.H. Mussenden 18-Holes: £120
Green Fees with a Member: £15/20
Green Fees for Opens: £20/25
Practice Area: Yes
Club Hire: Yes
Buggy Hire: Yes
Soft Spikes: No
Full Membership Available: Yes
Full Membership Fee: £550
Entrance Fee: Yes
Course Type Links
No Holes 27
Members 908
Designer Ben Sayers
Founded 1901
Address

65 Circular Road,
Castlerock,
Co. Londonderry
BT51 4TJ

Telephone 028-70-848314
Email info@castlerockgc.co.uk
Website Castlerock golf club website
General Manager: Bert MacKay
Captain: Gregg Thompson
Lady Captain: Sandra Robinson
Presidents': Archie Madden & Norma Stewart 
Vice-Captains': Eamon McGuinness & Norma Bennett
Hon. Secretary: Ivor Platt & Wendy Cameron
Club Pro: Thomas Johnston 028-70-849424
Hon. Treasurer: Ian Bennett
Comp. Secretary: Stephen Hunt & Pat Hunter
Castlerock Golf Course Layout Course Layout

Location Map

GPS Coord*
Lat:55.166122
Long:-6.783028
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General Facts & Information

Course opening hours: Daylight hours Clubhouse opening hours: 8.00am to 12.00pm
Mobile phones: Not on course
Dress Code: Neat and casual, jacket and tie required evenings
Catering: Full catering, facilities Days to Avoid: Saturdays up to 3.00pm
Green Fees and Societies Welcome: Other times Pre-booking for open Tournaments:14 Days in advance

Castlerock Golf Club Fixtures 2017 provisional*

Open & Major Fixtures 2017 (Confirmed)        
Event* Start Finish Type Duration
Professional's Prize Friday 21 March   Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Ladies Friday 23 June   Closed 1
Captain's Prize Saturday 1 July  
Closed 1
Captain's Prize to the Juniors
Tuesday 4 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Juniors Tuesday 25 July   Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize Friday 28 July
  Closed 1
Lady Captain's Prize to the Men
Saturday 29July   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Juniors
Tuesday 1 August   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize to the Juniors
Tuesday 8 August   Closed 1
President's Prize to the Ladies Friday 11 August   Closed 1
President's Prize Saturday 12 August   Closed 1
Junior Captain's Prize Tuesday 22 August   Closed 1
Lady President's Prize Friday 25 August   Closed 1
UGA Pro-Am Monday 23 January   IPGA 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 16 April
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 7 May      
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Sunday 4 June
Friday 9 June
Open 5
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Monday 5 June   Open 1
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Tuesday 6 June   Open 1
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Wednesday 7 June   Open 1
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Thursday 8 June   Open 1
Causeway Coast Golf Tournament Friday 9 June   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 15 June   Open 1
Fourball Betterball
Sunday 2 July   IPGA 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 13 July   Open 1
Pineherst Open any Combination Sunday 16 July   Open 1
Junior Boys
Wednesday 19 July   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 3 August   Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Thursday 17 August
  Open 1
L. & G. Singles Stableford Sunday 24 September   Open 1

*Please check information before travelling

Card of the Course

KeyData
White Par 73 SSS 71 6,506 yd's
Red Par 75 SSS 75 5,904 yd's
Blue Par 73 SSS 72 6,805 yd's

Card

Name Hole No. Blue White Par Index Red Par Index
Knocklayde 1 367 346 4 9 328 4 6
Sconce 2 375 366 4 5 328 4 2
The Whins 3 523 493 5 13 425 5 8
Leg O'Mutton 4 200 184 3 11 163 3 12
Railway 5 477 472 5 15 452 5 10
Burn 6 347 336 4 7 287 4 4
Armchair 7 418 407 4 1 394 5 14
Bulldozer 8 411 400 4 3 320 4 16
Quarry 9 214 193 3 17 162 3 18
  Out 3,332 3,197 36   2,859 37  
Fairy Dell 10 415 386 4 4 348 4 3
Coastguards 11 529 485 5 16 422 5 9
Spion Kop 12 430 420 4 2 412 5 5
Swallow Hill 13 382 363 4 14 342 4 15
Corner 14 192 182 3 8 166 3 11
Homewards 15 518 510 5 6 482 5 1
Summit 16 157 145 3 18 128 3 17
Irishowen 17 493 485 5 12 435 5 7
Mussenden 18 357 333 4 10 310 4 13
  In 3,473 3,309 37   3,045 38  
  Total 6,805 6,506 73   5,904 75  
  SSS 72 71     75    

Notable rounds

Men's Course Record Am: 68 D. Mulholland (0) 1986 Pro. Paul McGinley 64 12/10/2001.

Ladies Course Record:

Members Achievements

Castlerock Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2009 and were drawn against Munster Champions West Waterford Golf Club at Tullamore Golf Club in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in September.

First on the tee was David Mulholland who came up against Mark Shanahan at his best and lost out by 6 and 5. Next up was Dan Beattie who lost out to Gary Hurley by 2-holes. They were followed by Gordon Forbes against Philip Spratt who also lost his match by 2 and 1. The following two matches of Aaron Kearney against David Curran and Donal Mulholland against Philip Walsh were halved. So the Munster Champions went on to play Galway Golf Club in the All-Ireland Final, the eventual winners of the green-pennant.

Castlerock Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Junior Cup in 2003.

They won the Ulster Final of the Irish Senior Cup in 2002.

They won the Ulster Final of the Irish Junior Cup in 1997.

They won the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell Shield in 1977.

They were Ulster Champions in the J. B. Carr Diamond Trophy in 2002 and county champions in 1998.

They won the county Shield in 1996 and again in 1999.

The Ladies won the Black Bush Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament in 1991 and 1994.

They won the ILGU Smurfit Ulster Juvenile Girls in 1991.

Members who played representative golf for Country or Province;

W. Meharg represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1957 playing 6-times, won 3-matchs halved two and lost 1-matches accumulating 8-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1956 to 1957 playing 12-times won 7-matches halved two and lost 3-matches accumulating 16-points;

D. Mulholland represented Ireland as a Senior International in 1988 playing 5-times, won 3-matchs halved one and lost 1-matches accumulating 7-points. He represented Ireland at international Youths level in 1986 playing 2-matches, won 2-matches accumulating 4-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1988 to 1993 playing 21-times won 10-matches and lost 11-matches accumulating 20-points. He represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in1986 playing 6-times won 6-matches and lost 0-matches accumulating 12-points;

S. Parkhill represented Ireland at Irish Boys level in 1989 playing 4-times won 1-match and lost 3-matches accumulating 2-points. He represented Ulster in the Senior Interprovincial’s from 1983 to 1992 playing 12-times won 7-matches and lost 5-matches accumulating 14-points;

C. Buller represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1977 playing 3-times won 2-matches and lost 1-match accumulating 4-points;

C. McCarter* represented Ulster as a Youth in the Interprovincial Championships in 1965 playing 2-times;

History of Castlerock

Instituted 1900 affiliated 1902

The first meeting of the inaugural members of Castlerock Golf Club was held on the 4th May 1900, in the Pavilion Castlerock. At the meeting, it was agreed to ask the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Co. to send Mr. Baillie, a golfing expert, to survey the land and report on the probable expenditure required to layout the golf course. The Rev. Mr. Beckett was elected Hon. Secretary.

There were two ladies on the first committee, which had an expert from St. Andrews lay out a nine-hole course, which was opened in 1900. The Belfast Newsletter on 17th January records a professional match over the new links and that the official opening would take place at Easter that year.

It was not too long before it was extended to eighteen-holes this was achieved in 1908, under energetic Mr. J. G McVicker the Hon. Secretary.

In the summer of 1913, a catastrophe struck when the clubhouse burned down. The members were not long about overcoming the setback and a new clubhouse was built before July 1914.

On May 4th 1900 a public meeting was held in the Pavilion, Castlerock for the purpose of considering the advisability of laying down golf links at the resort and of making the preliminary arrangements.

The inauguration meeting of this prosperous club took place in the Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon of 16th April 1901, the Rev. William Irwin, D.D., occupying the chair, when a large body of members met together to appoint a council for the season.

It was also agreed "That the best thanks of the members be tendered to Sir H. Hervey Bruce and Colonel Bruce for their kindness and generosity in placing such a large tract of ground at the disposal of the club for the purposes of golf."

By this time the trustees had erected a handsome and commodious clubhouse on the ground, and the links had been carefully and satisfactorily laid out.

What is now described as the formal inauguration of the new links of Castlerock took place on Saturday June 22nd 1901, in the afternoon with an open stroke competition for prizes valued ?3, ?2, and ?1-0-0. The event evoked much interest and there was a large attendance of the general public as well as golfers. The winner was J. Hunter Steen - Cheltenham G.C. Gross 84, H. 5, Nett 79 but unfortunately, however, the weather turned out disagreeable for all.

In 1906 the A.G.M. empowered the Council to enter negotiations for the leasing of extra land sufficient to provide an additional nine holes, thus making the course one of eighteen holes.

It was subsequently reported at the following Annual General Meeting on 8th May 1909 that the Council had entered into negotiations with the tenants adjoining the 9 hole course, and succeeded in arranging with Mr. James Dugan and Mr. Robert Dugan for sufficient ground to make an additional nine holes at an increased rent of ?24 and ?18-10s respectively for a thirty-eight years' lease. Sir H.J.L. Bruce, who took a keen interest and gave great assistance in all the proceedings connected with the extension, extended the lease of the ground held under him for a like period at the nominal rent of 5s per year for which the Club tendered its heartiest thanks.

The Formal Opening of the New Eighteen Hole Course was carried out by Sir Hervey and Lady Bruce on 15th July 1909 when the former drove the first ball from the first tee, in the presence of a large number of ladies and gentlemen, and declared the new course open for play.

The Captain of the Club, Mr. David Craig, when the ceremony was performed, said - "On behalf of the Council and the members of the Castlerock Golf Club, I beg to offer you, Sir Hervey, the heartiest thanks for the generous support and the constant interest you have taken in the Club and for the kindness of Lady Bruce and yourself in coming here today to perform the ceremony in opening the new course for general play."

The opening competition then took place with 18 holes medal play under handicap with an entry of over 30 players, but only four cards were returned.

Roll of Honour

Member Year Hon. Position
Mrs. R. Darragh 1989 Ladies Captain
G. F. Morrison 1989 Men's Captain
J. F. Wilton 1989 President
Mrs. A. L. Stewart 1990 Ladies Captain
T. A. Norwell 1990 Men's Captain
J. F. Wilton 1990 President
Mrs. G. Kee 1991 Ladies Captain
J. Graham 1991 Men's Captain
R. Mulholland 1991 President
Mrs. C. F. Spratt 1992 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Boamish 1992 Ladies President
W. Oliver 1992 Men's Captain
A. J. Lamont 1992 President
Mrs. A. J. Madden 1993 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Boamish 1993 Ladies President
Reg McMullan 1993 Men's Captain
A. J. Lamont 1993 President
Mrs. M. E. Kane 1994 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Beamish 1994 Ladies President
W. J. Ferris 1994 Men's Captain
J. Maguie 1994 President
Mrs. R.C. Sparks 1995 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Beamish 1995 Ladies President
J. S. Knight 1995 Men's Captain
J. Maguie 1995 President
Mrs. D. C. Brockerton 1996 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Beamish 1996 Ladies President
Thomas Boyd 1996 Men's Captain
J. M. Lockhead 1996 President
Mrs. J. C. Connor 1997 Ladies Captain
Mrs. K. Beamish 1997 Ladies President
R. A. McDermott 1997 Men's Captain
J. M. Lockhead 1997 President
Mrs. J. Graham 1998 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. W. D. Beresford 1998 Ladies President
S. A. Madden 1998 Men's Captain
W.H. Eakin 1998 President
Mrs. M. Walker 1999 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. W. D. Beresford 1999 Ladies President
W. J. Dickson 1999 Men's Captain
W. H. Eakin 1999 President
Mrs. T. Pumphrey 2000 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. W. D. Beresford 2000 Ladies President
Mr. T. McMullan 2000 Men's Captain
W. R. Robinson 2000 President
Mrs. Fiona Moore 2001 Ladies Captain
Mrs. J. W. D. Beresford 2001 Ladies President
Mr. John Haslam 2001 Men's Captain
Mr. R. Robinson 2001 President
Hilary Mullan 2002 Ladies Captain
Dr. S. E. K. Meharg 2002 Ladies President
Jim Todd 2002 Men's Captain
W. J. L. Duddy 2002 President
Mrs. W. A. Bloomfield 2003 Ladies Captain
Dr. S. E. K. Meharg 2003 Ladies President
Billy Dickson 2003 Men's Captain
W. J. L. Duddy 2003 President
Eileen Moore 2004 Ladies Captain
Dr. S. E. K. Meharg 2004 Ladies President
Perry O'Connor 2004 Men's Captain
W. J. L. Duddy 2004 President
Julie Mason 2005 Ladies Captain
Dr. S. E. K. Meharg 2005 Ladies President
Jim Lamb 2005 Men's Captain
Derek Irwin 2005 President
Doherty McKeown 2006 Ladies Captain
  2006 Ladies President
Andy McKeown 2006 Men's Captain
Adam Erwin 2006 President
Maureen Black 2007 Ladies Captain
  2007 Ladies President
John Sherwood 2007 Men's Captain
Derek Irwin 2007 President
Sandra Rodden 2008 Ladies Captain
Alison Haslam 2008 Ladies President
Jim O'Rorke 2008 Men's Captain
Derek Irwin 2008 President
Margaret Boyce 2009 Ladies Captain
Alison Haslam 2009 Ladies President
Don Brockerton 2009 Men's Captain
George Morrison 2009 President
Donna Boyd 2010 Ladies Captain
Rosemary Kane 2010 Ladies President
Maurice Stevenson 2010 Men's Captain
George Morrison 2010 President
Edna Derrick 2011 Ladies Captain
Molly Orr 2011 Ladies President
Vincent McGuigan 2011 Men's Captain
George Morrison 2011 President
Elaine Taylor 2012 Ladies Captain
Molly Orr 2012 Ladies President
John Copeland 2012 Men's Captain
Jackie Graham 2012 President
Diane Steuart 2013 Ladies Captain
Heather Torrens
2013 Ladies President
Barney Mullan 2013 Men's Captain
Jackie Graham
2013 President
Pamela Telford 2014 Ladies Captain
Heather Torrens 2014 Ladies President
Andy Lamont 2014 Men's Captain
William Oliver 2014 President
Yvonne Mitchell 2015 Ladies Captain
Betty Darragh
2015 Ladies President
Bobby Rodgers 2015 Men's Captain
Reg McMullan
2015 President
Maralyn Henderson 2016 Ladies Captain
Betty Darragh 2016 Ladies President
Darren Mornin 2016 Men's Captain
Reg McMullan
2016 President
Sandra Robinson
2017 Ladies Captain
Norma Stewart
2017 Ladies President
Gregg Thompson
2017 Men's Captain
Archie Madden
2017 President
Mrs. M. Henderson 2017 Lowest Ladies Handicap
Aaron Kearney 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap
Mr. M. Howey 2017 Lowest Men's Handicap

Holes in One at Castlerock

Member Date Hole No. Club Used Distance
Stephen Hart 20 July 2009   9th   201 yd’s
Betty Lamb 20 November 2009 9th Mussenden 162 yd's