Ballycastle - Antrim - Northern Ireland

Ballycastle Golf Club,
Cushendall Road,
Ballycastle,
Co Antrim,
BT54 6QP,
Northern Ireland


  • +44 28 2076 2536

  • Mark Steen

  • Unknown

  • Damien McEvoy

Every June, there is a major amateur golf competition held on the Antrim coast which attracts over one thousand golfers from all parts of Ireland, the United Kingdom and beyond. Formerly known as the “Black Bush” tournament – after a whiskey product of Bushmills, the sponsor – it is now called the Causeway Coast Tournament.

Competitors play a stableford format on four out of five days over the Mussenden at Castlerock, the Strand at Portstewart, the Valley at Portrush and here at Ballycastle. The club is justifiably proud of their involvement in such a prestigious Ulster golfing event where golfers return year after year for a week of great golf played over four top-notch neighbouring courses.

Ballycastle Golf Club was one of nine founding members of the Golf Union of Ireland back in 1891 – the year after they themselves were formed – and members originally played on a 9-hole course that was redesigned in 1906 then extended to 18 holes twenty years after that.

Measuring 5,876 yards, it is regarded by some as a quirky little course with many changes in elevation. Quirky it may be – but uninteresting? Never! The first five holes are played on parkland beside the Margy River and ruins of the Bonamargy Abbey, with the remaining holes laid out along the coast – holes 11 to 17 run up one side of a cliff, along the top, then back down the other side.

Views across to Rathlin Island – and the Mull of Kintyre on a good day – are simply sensational and are an important factor in the golfing experience to be had at Ballycastle. The vista from the tee of the 17th (a 180-yard par three known as “The Pitch”) is also fantastic, with the green lying over 100 feet below. It's just one of many memorable holes at Ballycastle.

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Description: Ballycastle Golf Club is regarded by some as a quirky little course with many changes in elevation. Quirky it may be – but uninteresting? Never! Rating: 4.4 out of 6 Reviews: 5

We played a fourball in Ballycastle one afternoon last August after 18 holes in Portstewart. Ballycastle Golf Course - Photo by reviewerAfter the recent rains, the parkland style holes were flooded, so we could just play along the coast, but I must say we were very pleasantly surprised by this course. It has many interesting holes, some stunning views over the Atlantic, and a staff particularly friendly. Moreover, the price of a green fee afternoon was 10 pounds if I remember correctly. I recommend this course to any golf tourist who is in the area; will not be disappointed. M.M.A., Spain.
5 / 6
Ballycastle
December 03, 2014


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I just did not "get" this course, sorry. I have played over 100 couses in the GB&I including 40+ in Ireland and this is disappointing. I do love quirky courses but this did not have enough charm for me. Absolutely appreciate the fact that the course had to use the parkland area in order to make the 18 and actually these are not bad holes (only downside was having to wait for a lady member practicing up and down the 1st and 5th holes while we were playing !). The 6th and 7th are decent holes and the 15th and 18th holes are very good.
3 / 6
Ballycastle
July 08, 2014


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Played 2010 and 2011 in Causeway Golf Tourney and will play again in 2012 - this course starts in a park and then goes to the sea! The park for warmup and then the shotmaking starts. Fun course even when wind and rain make it really tough. lots of interesting shots required. Well worth the stop and near Morton's for great fish and chips, too!
5 / 6
Ballycastle
April 23, 2012


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It was a "Soft Day" when I played this gem in June 2010. The course varies greatly with a few very memorable holes. I rate this as a delightful experience and I enjoyed it much more than Castlerock, (played the following day). It is suitable for all handicaps and not easy but very playable. CW Jones, Bendigo, Australia
5 / 6
Ballycastle
November 28, 2010


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Great Course with some very interesting holes. A bit of an unusual layout as some of the holes are across a road and away from the shoreline giving it a half links feel. Well wort a visit if up in the North East coast of N.Ireland. Not in the same league as Portrush or Castlerock but the green fees are reasonable and the club house does some lovely food to help wind down after your round. Another course worth considering playing if you are in this area of N.Ireland is Ardglass, a superb links in great condition with breathtaking views.
4 / 6
Ballycastle
August 10, 2007


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Ardglass Member
August 10, 2007
Ardglass is superb. One small point, just so potential visitors to NI are not confused, is that Ardglass is basically at the opposite end of NI on the County Down coast, so probably a 2 hour drive.