Castlerock Golf Club - Bann

4.3333000000 4.3 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 9
  • Par: 34
  • Length: 2446 yards

  • 65 Circular Road, Castlerock, Northern Ireland, BT51 4TJ
  • +44 (0) 28 7084 8314, +44 (0) 28 7084 9424
  • +44 (0) 28 7084 9440
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Type: Public
Style: Links


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: Denim wear of any kind are not permitted.


Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 34 2446 yards N/A N/A

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 5.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews



Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Play it as a 9 hole warm up"

bjm1208's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played it as a 9 hole warm up to the big course - Mussenden. Some decent holes, some that are short, but some large dunes that create dramatic views. Worth playing 9...not sure I would play it 2x for 18.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

I recommend this course

"Affordable Links Golf"

mark102's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2017
First time playing Walked Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is nine holes and was a very affordable way to play links golf without breaking the bank. Although the course is relatively short it is challenging particularly when you play it for the first time as there are several blind shots and shots needing careful placement. Any ball reaching the rough was challenging to find and escaping from the rough when (or if) you found it also proved difficult at times. Playing the nine holes for the second time around made it easier to navigate. A thoroughly enjoyable course with a friendly reception. Thoroughly recommended

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"The best nine-hole links anywhere?"

JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Walked Cold weather

Reviewed on

Stumbling upon the Bann course might have been the most enjoyable discovery of my career. My playing partner and I had just finished a chilly round on the Mussenden Links at Castlerock and lunch in the clubhouse when the sun came out, inspiring us to play nine more holes. What a magical afternoon.

The Bann, a par 34 of 2,446 yards, delivers everything golfers love about links - beautiful scenery, blind shots, wild dunes and quirky holes that are more fun than difficult. Three of the par 4s play shorter than 300 yards, but they're certainly no guaranteed pars. The only par 5, the 491-yard fifth, gloriously follows the river inlet that leads to the sea. The three par 3s are all show-stoppers. The 92-yard third might be the best of the bunch with an hour-glass-shaped green that's difficult to hold downwind. The only knock would be the tiny and very random pond in front of the green on no. 6, a great hole otherwise. If you come to the Causeway coast and skip the Bann, you've missed out on one of the greatest "hidden gems' of all time.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

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