Castletown Golf Links Course, Isle of Man

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Established in 1892, Castletown Golf Links is in the top echelons of links courses within the British Isles. Castletown measures over 6,700 yards and is an 18 hole championship links course. Located on the Langness peninsular you can see the sea from nearly every hole. This is a firm favourite of our Travel Caddies and the final three holes are as good as any finishing holes in the UK.

Castletown Golf Links finds its self-honoured not with one but two prestigious and highly acclaimed awards. Voted 81st in the Top 100 by the Golf World Magazine 2004 for a second time in four years but now also voted 79th out of 120 by Golf Monthly. Old Tom Morris originally designed the course way back in 1892 but after the second world war Philip Mackenzie Ross made some changes that have remained ever since. Castletown has many natural hazards including wild rough, rocky cliff-tops, gorse, rolling fairways, heather and a strong sea wind.

Whilst playing the 7th Hole, named the Race Course, you may just wonder why the name! Well there is a little piece of history attached to that particular hole. A century and a half before the first ever English Derby, the Isle of Man and the then Earl of Derby (also the Lord of Mann) held the first ever Manx Derby over three furlongs. We must also add that this was some thirty-nine years prior to the Newmarket race, which has been proclaimed to be the oldest horse race in existence.

The course from the championship blue tees is 6707 yards, par 72. The respective lengths from the medal and forward tees are 6544 yards & 6063 yards respectively, not forgetting the ladies with a par 73 5636 yards. There is only 1 tree on Castletown Golf Links & no deep dunes to seek shelter from the sea breezes. There are so many outstanding holes, from the three par 3's each one very different, from the wind effecting the 8th 166 yards to the short 13th 133 yards guarded by bunkers to the 16th 185 yards a shaped left to right shot.

Castletown Golf Links boasts its very own 'Road hole', which even the great Greg Norman now treats with respect. This hole only measures 423 yards with a left to right shaped fairway with all the terrain running to the out of bounds road and the beach and sea beyond. With a fabulous bank of yellow gorse (in spring time) down the entire left hand side of the fairway there is nowhere to escape to. Picking your spot for your drive is not for the faint hearted.

Another hole of great discussion at the 19th will always be the 17th. This hole is called 'the Gully' Take your driver and imagine you are 'Tiger' with his 9 Iron and boom a 200yard drive over a deep chasm… rocks and frothy water await the miss hit shot.

The new owner Philip Vermeulen is determined to put the course back into the Top 100 and we have no doubts that Philip will achieve this. A much needed clubhouse has been built and a great deal of time, money and effort has also been spent on the course too. Philip has a passion for the course and this rubs off on his members and staff. They all appear to share his vision of creating a truly world-class links course.


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top links course Summary:Once voted 81st in the Top 100 by Golf World Mag.
RATING : 93%



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