Played Castlerock the day after Portstewart and it comes a very close second; the outstanding front 9 at Portstewart just edging that course home. Castlerock lures you in with a sedate start but when you make the turn back toward the clubhouse at the 6th, the fun starts especially if the wind is blowing. The next 7 holes provide the sternest of challenges, whilst 13 & 14 allow you to catch your breath, before a very tough finish (don't be fooled by the simple looking 145 yard par 3 16th either!). There are some beautiful views here too, especially from the 17th tee looking back across the course, toward Portstewart.
Date: May 31, 2017