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Castlerock Golf Course
The Portstewart Golf Club, Castlerock is a more than worthy neighbour to both of these great Irish links.
It was Founded in April 1901, the original course comprised nine holes and was laid out on the western part of the present course. Additional land was leased in 1908 and Ben Sayers, the professional from North Berwick in Scotland, was commissioned to design an eighteen hole layout. Though better known as a club maker, Sayers produced a superb layout and insisted that the links of Castlerock would equal those at Troon, North Berwick and Sandwich. Though not officially recorded, it is known that Harry Colt, while spending much time in Ireland with his work at Royal Portrush, was consulted regarding the redesign of the Castlerock links around 1930. Today, Castlerock is rated as one of Ireland’s finest links courses and its status in the game is reflected by the fact that it has hosted many National Championships both Amateur and Professional.
The North of Ireland has always been a majestic place to play golf and it is of no surprise that the man tipped heavily by betting sites to win a Grand Slam of Majors, Rory Mclroy hails from this scenic and challenging heartland. Like Rory, Castlerock itself is known for golfing excellence, and is one of Northern Ireland’s favourite courses. Golf course review website top100golfcourses.co.uk rated Castlerock as the 4th best golf course in Northern Ireland, while also noting film star Michael Douglas’ affinity for its wonderful scenery.
What they Say
Paul McGinley: Course record holder Paul McGinley (64) stated "the greens out there were as good as if not better than the ones we played on at the Open at Royal Lytham"
Dave Thomas: “The Mussenden links course is in superb condition with some very formidable rough if you miss the fairways. In particular, I liked the "Leg O Mutton", 4th hole, a par 3 which presents a very testing tee shot even without a testing wind. The course winds its way through dune land and contains several other very good holes of tournament standard with greens that fall away to the wrong shot. The 5th hole par 5 on the nine hole Bann course, alongside the River Bann estuary, would be an asset to any golf course in the country.”
Michael Douglas: “this course is pure heaven”
Castlerock was voted the No. 39-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2023 (Up-2);
Castlerock was voted the No. 41-ranked golf course in Ireland, by “Irish Golfer” in 2022;
Castlerock was voted the No. 40-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2020 (Up-1);
Castlerock was voted the No. 41-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2019 (Up-1);
Castlerock was voted the No. 42-ranked golf course in Ireland, by "Golf Digest Ireland" in 2018 (Down-2);
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;
Golf Deals » Castlerock
Stay & Play @ Portrush Atlantic Hotel €165.00Offer valid from 01 Aug 2022 to 30 Nov 2023 Detail:
Enjoy a one night stay with breakfast served to your room, and a delicious take away afternoon tea box for two people.
|Green Fees Midweek G.I.M.:||£75|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H G.I.M.:||£75|
|Green Fees Midweek:||£135|
|Green Fees Weekends & B.H:||£135|
|Green Fees with a Member:||£25|
|Green Fees for Opens:||£35|
|Club Hire: €30||Yes|
|Buggy Hire: €35
|Full Membership Available:||Yes|
|Full Membership Fee:||£705|
|Full Lady Membership Fee:||£552|
|Full Overseas Membership Fee:||£439|
|Full Student Membership Fee:||£250|
|Full Junior 16-18 Membership Fee:||£145|
|Full Juvenile 13-15 Membership Fee:||£105|
|Full House Membership Fee:||£85|
65 Circular Road,
|Website||Castlerock golf club website|
|General Manager:||Bert MacKay|
|Lady Captain:||Kate Mark|
|Presidents':||Robin Coleman & Joan Sparks
|Junior Captain:||Jonathan Clarke|
|Hon. Secretary:||John McCloskey & Julie Mason|
|Club Pro:||Robert McIrvine 028-70-849424|
|Hon. Treasurer:||Ian Bennett|
|Comp. Secretary:||Gilbert Fallows & Yvonne Mitchell|
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 2023 provisional*
|Open & Major Fixtures 2023 (Confirmed)|
|Captains' Drive-In||Sunday 19 March||Closed||1|
|Captain's Prize to the Ladies||Friday 7 July
|Captain's Prize||Saturday 8 July||Closed||1|
|Lady Captain's Prize to the Men||Saturday 29 July
|Lady Captain's Prize||Friday 4 August
|Lady President's Prize||Friday 18 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize to the Ladies||Friday 25 August||Closed||1|
|President's Prize||Saturday 26 August||Closed||1|
|Professional's Prize||Saturday 16 September||Closed||1|
|St. Patrick's Day Scramble
||Friday 17 March||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 10 April||Open||1|
|Ladies 3-Person Team Event||Tuesday 11 April||Open||1|
|2-Person Team Event||Wednesday 12 April||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 22 May
|Causeway Coast Golf Tournament||Monday 5 June
||Friday 9 June
|Causeway Coast Golf Tournament||Tuesday 6 June
|Causeway Coast Golf Tournament||Wednesday 7 June
|Causeway Coast Golf Tournament||Thursday 8 June
|Causeway Coast Golf Tournament||Friday 9 June
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 26 June||Open||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Tuesday 4 July||Open||1|
|Ladies Singles Strokes||Friday 14 July
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 31 July||Open||1|
|Ladies 4-Person Team Event
||Wednesday 9 August||Open||1|
|Handa World Invitational||Thursday 17 August||Sunday 20 August||DPWT||4|
|Handa World Invitational||Friday 18 August||DPWT||1|
|Handa World Invitational||Saturday 19 August||DPWT||1|
|Handa World Invitational||Sunday 20 August||DPWT||1|
|L. & G. Singles Stableford||Monday 28 August||Open||1|
|Ladies 2-Person Team Event
||Friday 1 September
|Ulster North of Ireland Amateur Open Qualifying Tournament||Monday 18 September||G.I.
Card of the Course
|White||Par 73 SSS 71 6,481 yd's|
|Red||Par 75 SSS 75 5,879 yd's|
|Blue||Par 73 SSS 72 6,780 yd's|
|Hole Name||Hole No.||Blue||White||Par||Index||Red||Par||Index|
Men's Course Record Am: 68 D. Mulholland (0) 1986 Pro. Paul McGinley 64 12/10/2001.
Ladies Course Record:
The Ladies of Castlerock Golf Club qualified for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals of the Intermediate Cup at Knightsbrook Golf Club on Thursday 15th September 2022 where they were drawn against the Ladies from East Cork Golf Club and lost their match by 3½-matches to 1½-matches.
Ita O’Connor led them out and won her match by 4 and 2 against Marie O’Brien, she was followed Valerie Reid who lost her match by 4 and 3 against Kate Daly, next on the tee was Phil McKenna who lost out by 7 and 5 against Mary Walsh, in the penultimate match Rosaleen McGuinness against Claire O’Brien went 4 and 3 to the Midleton Club and the bottom match of Kathryn Mark against Orla Evans was halved when called-in.
The Ladies of Castlerock Golf Club won the Ulster Final of the Irish Ladies Intermediate Cup when they beat the Ladies of Dunmurry Golf Club by 3½-matches to 1½-matches at Ballycastle Golf Club on Sunday 1st September 2019.
They were led out by Kathryn Mark who won her match by 4 and 3 against Ethel McNeill, she was followed by Ita O’Connor who lost her match against Moira Quail by 2 and 1, next on the tee was Valerie Reid who had a 2 and 1 win over Hilary Brady, in the penultimate match Rosaleen McGuinness won her match against Trish Rockett by 4 and 3 and the bottom match of Phil McKenna against Chris Simpson was recorded as a halve when called-in.
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
|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|
|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|
|Mrs. R.C. Sparks||1995||Ladies Captain|
|Mrs. K. Beamish||1995||Ladies President|
|J. S. Knight||1995||Men's Captain|
|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|
|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|
|Doherty McKeown||2006||Ladies Captain|
|Andy McKeown||2006||Men's Captain|
|Maureen Black||2007||Ladies Captain|
|John Sherwood||2007||Men's Captain|
|Sandra Rodden||2008||Ladies Captain|
|Alison Haslam||2008||Ladies President|
|Jim O'Rorke||2008||Men's Captain|
|Margaret Boyce||2009||Ladies Captain|
|Alison Haslam||2009||Ladies President|
|Don Brockerton||2009||Men's Captain|
|Donna Boyd||2010||Ladies Captain|
|Rosemary Kane||2010||Ladies President|
|Maurice Stevenson||2010||Men's Captain|
|Edna Derrick||2011||Ladies Captain|
|Molly Orr||2011||Ladies President|
|Vincent McGuigan||2011||Men's Captain|
|Elaine Taylor||2012||Ladies Captain|
|Molly Orr||2012||Ladies President|
|John Copeland||2012||Men's Captain|
|Diane Steuart||2013||Ladies Captain|
|Barney Mullan||2013||Men's Captain|
|Pamela Telford||2014||Ladies Captain|
|Heather Torrens||2014||Ladies President|
|Andy Lamont||2014||Men's Captain|
|Yvonne Mitchell||2015||Ladies Captain|
|Bobby Rodgers||2015||Men's Captain|
|Maralyn Henderson||2016||Ladies Captain|
|Betty Darragh||2016||Ladies President|
|Darren Mornin||2016||Men's Captain|
|Norma Bennett||2018||Ladies Captain|
|Norma Stewart||2018||Ladies President|
|Eamon McGuinness||2018||Men's Captain|
|Marlyn Henderson||2019||Ladies Captain|
|Phil McKenna||2020||Ladies Captain|
|Joan Sparks||2020||Ladies President|
|Tommy Campbell||2020||Men's Captain|
|Phil McKenna||2021||Ladies Captain|
|Tommy Campbell||2021||Men's Captain|
|Jonathan Clarke||2021||Junior Captain|
|Kate Mark||2022||Ladies Captain|
|Karl Stewart||2022||Men's Captain|
|Mrs. M. Henderson||2023||Lowest Ladies Handicap|
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Andrew Mulhilland (0.5)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Michael O'Donovan (0.6)||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Odhran Mullan (4.3)
||2023||Lowest Men's Handicap|
|Aaron Kearney||2023||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|
|Tony Traynor||4th||Castlerock||184 yd's|
|Tony Trainor||2 April 2021||4th||8-iron||153 yd's|
|Valerie Reid||7 April 2021||16th||11-wood||128 yd's|
|Willie Hewitson||16 May 2021||14th||182 yd's|
|Anne Greaves||21 May 2021||16th||7-iron||128 yd's|
|Pamela Telford||9 June 2021||9th||162 yd's|
|Brendan Mulgrew||27 June 2021||4th||200 yd's|
|Ben Todd||14 July 2021||9th||7-iron||141 yd's|
|Peter Mcmullan||7 August 2021||9th||193 yd's|
|Ryley||9 August 2021||2nd||76 yd's|
|Jack Boyd||22 August 2021||9th||139 yd's|
|Ian Bennett||15 November 2021||9th||rescue club||193 yd's|
|Andrew Thompson||5 June 2022||9th||193 yd's|
|Brad Stewart||September 2022||16th||PW||150 yd's|