Castletown Golf Links
Castletown Golf Club
Castletown Golf Club – Club and Course History
Castletown Golf Club was formed on 25th May 1892.
On the 26th September 1891 a report in the Manx Sun referred to a Mr. T.M. Dodd, acting on the advice of a Mr. Bruce, having his estate at Fort Island and the greater portion of the race course laid out in the links by Mr. Tom Morris, of St Andrews, Scotland. Also, on the 26th of December 1891 it was reported that the Douglas and Castletown Clubs were invited to the opening of Ramsey Golf Club, but it was not until the following May that “Castletown Golf Club” was formed, or until the 30th June 1892 that the course was opened. It would appear however that the course was being played before then for the Ramsey Golf Club to invite “Castletown Club” to their opening on the 2nd of January 1892.
On the 28th May 1892, the Manx Sun reported that a Mr. T.M. Dodd, at a meeting in the College Pavilion, had at last succeeded in his efforts to get a golf club for the town. On Wednesday 25th may 1892 it was resolved to form a Castletown Golf club, of which Mr. Dodd was elected secretary. Mr Tom Morris, when reviewing the proposed ground for the Links, stated that in his opinion, the Fort Island Links would be second to none in the Kingdom.
Opened on Thursday 30th June 1892
On the 25th June 1892 it was reported “The Castletown Links will be opened with a handicap, open to members of the Insular clubs, on Thursday next, play to commence at 1:00pm. All entries, accompanied by an entrance fee of one shilling and club handicap points, to be sent to the secretary by noon on Wednesday next. Lunch provided at the club house.”
The Links was laid out in 1891 and designed by Old Tom Morris.
The course itself is set on Langness Peninsular and provides views of the Irish Sea from all tees, fairways and greens. Following the war the course was updated by Mackenzie Ross.
The 7th hole is named the Race Course because there, a century and a half before the first English Derby, the Isle of Man and the then Earl of Derby, also the Lord of Mann held the first ever Manx Derby over three furlongs.
Distinguished characters have been involved with the Club including Sir P Stallard KCMG CVO MBE (Governor of the Isle of Man) being our President in the past.
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Following further restriction of movement laid out by the Isle of Man Government and in line with England Golf directive issued 23rd March 2020, regrettably the golf course and practice facilities are now closed until further notice.
Sunday 22nd March 2020
On the day Townell took the top prize by one countback point but Tim Callow was crowned champion of the Eclectic League with an amazing 17 under par nett 55.
Monday 16th March 2020
The victor of the fifth round on Saturday was Kevin Lewin (22). Starting with a four pointer birdie he then appeared to lose focus and finished the front nine in 50 shots for a mere 16 points. Then a different picture emerged as Lewin joined the dots and the putts plopped in. With a fantastic four over par back nine Lewin added an unbeatable 25 points to his tally.
Sunday 8th March 2020
The top-spot two-way tie with 40 points was decided over the last three holes and the next three contenders stepped in with 39 points creating another countback conundrum.
Castletown Golf Links
Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
T: 01624 822211
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