An island a third the size of Hertfordshire, you may be pleasantly surprised that the Isle of Man is somewhat of a golfers paradise with eight 18-hole courses and favourable weather all-year round.
With an extensive coastline, each course offers stunning views as the island lay situated between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. With an array of excellent links courses that are exposed to the Irish wind that whips across the Irish sea, the Isle of Man also boasts picturesque parkland layouts.
One of the top courses on the island is Castletown Golf Links situated on the south-eastern tip. Known locally as Fort Island, golfers have been enjoying playing on this seaside track since 1892 and it has built a reputation as being a golf course of the highest quality. It has hosted amateur and professional events including the 1979 PGA Cup and various Europro Tour events.
The course itself is full of wonderful natural hazards including wild rough and rocky beaches. With no sand dunes, it is unprotected from the elements but on a clear day you are able to see the Cumbrian Mountains. Add that to a number of formally listed historical buildings including the Iron Age Fort and Castletown is truly stunning.
Finally, the 17th hole is one not to be missed. A par-4, you have to carry the ball over a rocky gorge with the sea crashing below.
Located just one mile away from Douglas, the capital of the island, lies Douglas Golf Course and it has its own quality that no course on the island can match. The man responsible for the course is architect Dr Alister MacKenzie who also designed the legendary Augusta and Royal Melbourne.
A true test of golf which will challenge all abilities, Douglas Golf Club has a variety of extremely interesting holes including the par-3 17th which plays from a raised tee to a green that sits 70 feet below. The par-3 13th is another that cannot be ignored and it is reminiscent of Augusta. It requires a 180-yard carry to clear the gorge to a green that is wider than it is long.
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