Castletown - Isle of Man

Castletown Golf Links,
Fort Island,
Derbyhaven,
Isle of Man,
IM9 1UA


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The Isle of Man is very different from anywhere else in the British Isles. It doesn’t belong to the UK, or the EU. It’s self-governing, with its own currency, culture and postage stamps. During the first two weeks of June, the place goes motorcycle mad. The T.T. – the world famous motorcycle event – is staged on the island’s mountain circuit.

Castletown Golf Links is located at the southeastern tip of the island, on the rocky Langness Peninsula, better known locally as Fort Island. On a clear day, the distant Cumbrian Mountains can be seen. The peninsula is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with a number of formally listed ancient monuments, including an Iron Age fort. The triangular headland is bordered on three sides by the Irish Sea and is connected to the mainland by a thin strip of rocks. It’s breathtaking.

Old Tom Morris originally laid out the course back in 1892 and Philip Mackenzie Ross revised it after the Second World War. Little has changed since.

Castletown is full of natural hazards – wild rough, rocky beaches, gorse and, of course, the wind. The course is laid out high above sea level and, with no sand dunes, there is no protection from the elements. The upside to this are the unrivalled, panoramic views of the Irish Sea. It’s hard to imagine that any other course could possess more coastal frontage than Castletown.

There are many great golf holes at Castletown, but one of the best, and most memorable, is the par four 17th. The tee-shot must carry across a deep rocky gorge. Try not to let the sea – crashing into the rocks below – disturb your concentration.

Some people draw a parallel between Castletown and Turnberry. Mackenzie Ross is certainly a common denominator, as is the dramatic rocky coastline. Turnberry is perhaps a sterner test, but we think Castletown is more thrilling, dramatic and much better value for money.

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Description: Castletown Golf Links is located at the southeastern tip of the Isle of Man on a triangular links headland which is bordered on three sides by the Irish Sea. Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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Ivan
A great day out. This is a links course with fantastic views as it is surrounded by water on 3 if not all 4 sides. The course is not tough but is still challenging and a great venue for all standards of golfer. When playing the top courses I have the camera test, this course past it as you are constantly taking photo's.
July 03, 2008
10 / 10
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John S
Castletown is quite simply one of my favourite courses in the world and I am sure if it wasn't for it's remoteness would be far more famous. This may however detract from the experience, this is a course for golfers so don't expect luxurious changing rooms and great practice facilities. It is a great golf course pure and simple. When the wind blows it really blows with no shelter to speak of from sand dunes or the like. The road hole 5th is one of the most difficult par 4's you can imagine with trouble down the left and out of bounds down the right, a 6 here is often a good score into the wind! The 17th is probably my favourite, especially from the blue tees with a 200 yard carry over the raging irish sea to reach a good position on the fairway for your next shot. Fantastic.
June 12, 2008
10 / 10
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A fantastic links experience and a spectacular setting. The wind is an ever present but the course weaves its way around the pensinula and it is rare that the wind is in your face for more than two consecutive holes. 'Tough but fair' is a cliche but at Castletown it is apt. The 5th is a very memorable hole from an elevated tee to a narrow landing area, but even then the danger isn't over with Out of Bounds just off the right side of the green, use of the contours is essential. Keep it on the fairways and you can score very well round here but equally natural hazards such as the beach, the gorse and the ocean come into play and there is more than one simple enough looking hole that can wreck your card!All in all, a fantastic place to play golf and well worth the trip.
October 26, 2005
6 / 10
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Hugh
Undeniably a true and undiluted test of links golf. I played here last summer in what was considered locally to be a gentle breeze, where I come from, the wind was gale force! You need to master the bump and run shot to score well and for me, Castletown has one of the best collection of finishing holes anywhere. Condition was superb with greens true and fast. Stay in the hotel for the complete experience – I’ll be back to see whether my nerve has improved and with some more golf balls to make up for all those that I left behind!
April 15, 2005
10 / 10
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Hugh
Wild, natural, breathtaking views, tricky greens deep bunkers...Castletown has it all. If you like links golf in the raw, this is the place to come. The course is virtually surrounded by the sea and boy does the wind blow here. This is one of my favourite links courses in the whole of the British Isles and I never tire of playing it. Entertainment right from the off but this beauty saves the best till last.
December 04, 2004
8 / 10
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