Castletown is bound to be the reason why many intrepid travelling golfers head to the Isle of Man, but there’s some interesting golf to be savoured elsewhere on the island for those who’d like to mix things up.
Following an eight course tour of the island last week, I might recommend almost all the Isle of Man’s courses, as each has something of interest – even for the most discerning golfer.
Peel is undeniably an understudy to Castletown, but there’s plenty here to enjoy near the island’s west coast. Parkland-styled holes on flatter ground start and end proceedings and while these holes are fine, it’s the moorland cum heathland holes later in the round that will be remembered for the exciting ground movement which pitches and rolls dramatically.
I simply loved the par four 4th played through a chute of trees to a greensite which is fronted by a stream and a boundary wall backboard. The 10th is a gorgeous short drop par three across a little valley to a sunken green that’s framed at the back by a copse of fir trees. The long par four 11th plays from a high tee across a valley where there’s a heroic carry from the tee across gorse bushes.
Sod hedges, well-drained ground, solid conditioning and some genuinely entertaining holes make Peel a must-play course (for me at least) if visiting the island with golf clubs in tow.
I haven’t mentioned the mountain views either, which are also pretty special. However, either mountain and coast backdrops come free of charge at most of the golf courses that are scattered around this delightful un-sung island.
Date: September 30, 2019