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Castletown: Links golf in its purest form

Why we'd rather be playing this spectacular track on the Isle of Man
 

Spanning the majority of the historic Langness Peninsula on the Isle of Man, Castletown Golf Links is bounded on all sides by the Irish Sea and represents links golf at its very best.

Yet the course is not just worth a visit for the views alone, spectacular as they are. If you are a fan of links golf in its purest form, where you can smell the sea with every shot and feel a sharp wind with every step, a visit to Castletown should be considered a necessity.

The layout features clifftop fairways, grassy dunes which are peppered with yawning bunkers, improbable outcrops, and beach-lined greens. No two lies are the same here, and the turf boasts that wonderful sandy texture which makes ball striking an absolute delight.

History

An old Tom Morris design, the course was laid out in 1892, partially on the site of the old racecourse.

Revisions were carried out by Dr Alistair MacKenzie just before the onset of the First World War, with the Manchester Guardian reporting that the course had been “reconstructed entirely on modern principles and improved almost out of recognition”.

Phillip Mackenzie Ross then made further revisions after the Second World War to form the course that’s now in play today.

Why it’s special

Without a doubt the landscape.

The Langness Peninsula, on which the course is set, is also a site of specific scientific interest. It contains evidence of human population spanning back more than 8,000 years from the Mesolithic period onwards.

The coast also brings its own special brand of wildlife, bird life and plant life, and a backdrop of the golden gorse flower and the purple heather adds to the colourful island experience. Also, there have been many sightings in Castletown Bay of basking sharks, seals and dolphins.

Where does it rank?

108th in GB&I, 37th in Value

Where is it?

Castletown Golf Links is located on the Isle of Man at the southeastern tip of the island. The club is reachable in just one hour from UK airports.

Get in touch with Castletown Golf Links

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01624 822211.

Have you played Castletown Golf Links? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us.

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Ben Outhwaite

Ben is National Club Golfer's Marketing Editor and the latest addition to our golf equipment review team.

He specialises in testing golf bags, beginner golf club sets, apparel and golf accessories. He also collates our buying guides so you know which are the latest and greatest bits of golf equipment on the market.

Ben picked up his first golf club when he was five years old – which was in fact a left-handed set of clubs!

He is a member at Rudding Park Golf Club and has a handicap of fifteen.

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