No 90 - Castletown

Unlike so many links, at Castletown it is possible to enjoy views of the sea from every hole, and you'll be treated to great value at this dramatic location



Architect: T Morris 2006 position: 87 Stats: 6,544 yds; par 72; SSS 72 GF: £25-£47.50 T: 01624 822220 W:

As the spiritual forebear of Old Head in Ireland and one of a handful of courses on the Isle of Man, Castletown is situated on a rugged peninsula on the southern tip of the island.

Unlike so many links, it is possible to enjoy views of the sea from every hole, and these will not be blocked by trees as there is just the one on the entire course.

The recent bunker redevelopment programme should reap dividends and there are some thrilling holes, with both the 5th and the 17th guaranteed to really set the pulse racing. RS

+ Great value; cliff-top golf in a dramatic location - Not easily accessible; to be avoided during TT fortnight

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Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2022, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He is a member of Tandridge in Surrey where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at