Ballycastle Golf Club

Northern Ireland, Ireland

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Golf Course Overview

The course at Ballycastle is one of the most varied in Northern Ireland. The first five holes are parkland and flanked by the Rivers Margy and Carey, with various trees and natural hills as the main landscape. From hole six onwards golfers can expect more of a links layout, with holes running between thick gorse up in the seaside hills, offering fantastic views of the famous North Antrim Coastline, the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and the hills of Donegal.

At a little under 6,000 yards, Ballycastle is not known for its length, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in characters and quirkiness throughout the course. A unique feature to look out for when playing the first five holes is the 12th Century ruin of Bon-a-Margy Abbey, which provides a truly unique out-of-bounds and one that you will hopefully avoid!

Signature Holes

The first five holes play through parkland, with Margy River and ancient ruins of Bonamargy Abbey very much in play. From there, we plunge down to the sea for several phenomenal holes, including the iconic 10th.

The signature hole at Ballycastle Golf Club has to be the par-3 17th. Measuring in at 180-yards, the hole provides a beautiful hilltop vista that golfers can enjoy, with the green a tricky 100ft below, and requiring the perfect club selection. The name ‘Chasm’ tells you everything you need to know about a hole that can play anything from pitching wedge to 3-wood depending on the wind.

With the last few holes running across higher ground overlooking the coast, the views – which can extend to Scotland on a clear day – are somehow even more spectacular. One of nine founding members of the Golf Union of Ireland, the club was founded in 1890 and is one of the most historic in the area. It’s also one of the friendliest, the most unusual and the most playable. Thoroughly recommended.

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Ballycastle Golf Club 2 Cushendall Rd Ballycastle Northern Ireland BT54 6QP