Review for Castlerock (Mussenden)

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Castlerock shouldn’t be missed. It’s a classic links on a fantastic parcel. Dunes, burns and elevation changes make for an interesting course with lots of variation. The second half of the front nine is where it really gets going, with some cracking strategic and long par 4’s and the magnificent 8th, a long one shotter which narrow green makes it look daunting from the green. The back nine is more open but also very enjoyable. The finish however is wordlclass. The 17th is one of my favourite par 5s in the world. Visually stunning with the sea clearly visible and playing towards it and also a great strategic hole with a massive fairway bunker that catches everything right of the middle at 100 meters into the green. The 18th is a wonderful dogleg right playing to a highly raised green with two levels sloping severely back to front. It reminded me of the 18th at Sherwood Country Club, given the clubhouse that is only meters behind the green. Then don’t forget to play the Bann course while you’re here anyway! MO

Date: September 17, 2017

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