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A links of endless intrigue , variety and pace , Castlerock Golf Club offers a different links experience to its renowned neighbours , Royal Portrush and Portstewart . Never mind the railway line and the brook , Castlerock ’ s dunes constantly change shape , ensuring you never quite settle into a rhythm . There are flat holes and bumpy holes , doglegs and blind shots . There are plateau greens , hidden greens and sweet bunkering … it ’ s a heady mix that challenges all the way around and entertains all day long .
You can swing freely here , despite the deep rough , so watch your ball race over the bumpy , curvaceous fairways ... and watch carefully . These fairways have a life of their own . The stretch of holes from 7 to 10 sets the course alight , with the 8th hole an absolute double-blind terror . Castlerock recently received a significant upgrade by Martin Hawtree , which has enhanced its quality , and the club has been upgrading its course and facilities ever since , including the introduction of solar panels . The 9-hole Bann course is also highly regarded .