The Bann is the most exciting, fun and engaging 9-hole links courses that I have ever played. It’s truly a little diamond and one that should be savoured at least once by everyone who visits Castlerock.
You need to think your way round this quirky layout to have any chance of scoring near handicap. The greens are small, fairways quite narrow and with the views over the estuary to contend with, it’s tough to stay in the zone.
The Bann occupies a near perfect parcel of links land and the sweeping short par five 5th hugging the coastline is maybe the best hole of the 27 at Castlerock. Some will scoff at the Bann’s lack of bunkering and modest yardage. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. Immediately after putting out on the 9th I headed back to the 1st to play it again.
It would be a serious mistake to simply tick off the big names and overlook the Bann when visiting the Causeway Coast.
Date: September 16, 2019