Last Monday, May 7th, we saw the re-opening of Castlerock Golf Club after months of renovation work. Under the watchful eye of renowned golf course architect Martin Hawtree, 6 of the holes were developed and updated.
“We had intended improving and reshaping the existing bunkers but, after consultation with the designer, we felt that only reshaping the bunkers would still leave some weak holes,” said General Manager, Bert Mackay. After further consultations, a plan to develop 6 holes was conceived and they were given a go ahead with the combination of Hawtrees wealth of knowledge, working on some iconic links venues, as well as Sol Construction.
Hawtree’s plan for the venue was to try and get Castlerock playing and feeling like a true links.
“I want it to really feel like a links. I’m not interested in length for the sake of it. I do want to make the surrounds of the greens more interesting and lively and force players to think about things a bit more,” said Hawtree.
In achieving those aims the most significant changes have been made to two holes, the second and 15th which saw the construction of two new green complexes.
The renovations come at a time when the North & West Coast of Ireland has become such a renowned golfing destination in the world. From last years DDF Irish Open being held at the neighboring Portstewart Golf Club, to this years Irish Open being held at Ballyliffin Golf Club, the massive media exposure is really putting the area on the map. Not to mention, Royal Portrush is set to hold The Open Championship in 2019 which is sure to raise the regions profile to new heights. The new revamped Castlerock Golf Club is primed and ready to take advantage of this surge in golfing visitors.
North & West Coast Links would just like to congratulate Castlerock once again on their very successful course renovations and wish them all the best in the coming years. Be sure to add Castlerock to your Ireland Golf Trip for 2018/19.