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Andy Walker

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Golf in the Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man can offer a truly memorable golfing experience. Although just 33 miles long by 13 wide, the Island has nine golf courses (eight 18-hole ones and a nine-holer) and as the population is scarcely 75,000, there's a good chance that you won't be facing long queues or delays you would with other golfing destinations.

Even if you're staying only a few days you'll have the opportunity to visit a number of different golf clubs and try out a variety of courses. The uncrowded roads and natural beauty of the surroundings is part of the Island's secret to a great golfing experience.

Course Reviews

Douglas Golf Club

Douglas GC located adjacent to the Pulrose estate is a public golf course (owned by Douglas Corporation) with a thriving members club attached. Douglas is an inland course, parkland and hilly. There are many challenging holes but non better than the viciously difficult second playing 340 yeard into the wind a precise iron is required off the tee to get you into position for a fiendishly difficult approach to an elevated green with deep trouble both left and right. The signature hole of the back nine is the 433 yard 16th (formerly the 9th). A long drive here may be rewarded but the vicious slope on the fairway can be very fickle. New bunkers on the left await the faint hearted from the tee.

Douglas Golf Club is 5947 yards from the back tees, par 69 SS 69. A new luxury club house has just been constructed and opened on the site of the old first tee. There is an excellent pro shop staffed by PGA pro Mike Vipond and his rather lovely daughter

For more information, telephone +44 (0)1624 675952 or contact the Pro Shop on +44 (0) 1624 661558.

Glen Truan Golf Club

Glen Truan is the newest course on the Island and is a links course bordering on the Ayres to the west of Bride village and close to the Point of Ayre light house. at Glen Truan you are actually closer to Scotland than England and on a clear day can see Scotland on the horizon This course is an absolute delight. True links golf at its very best. Visitors to Glen Truan have suggested that it is like taking a step back in time to how golf might have been 150 years ago. The feature holes include the devilishly difficult par 3 13th measuring 174 yards frequently into a cross wind to a very swallow green guarded by a burn at the front and a bunker on the left. Glen Truan measures 6395 yards from the back tees with a par of 72 and a SS of 71. Green fees are extremely reasonable for this golfing gem. contact glentruangolf@manx.net for further details.

Peel Golf Club

Situated to the east of the cathedral city of Peel Peel golf Club offers a challenge to all levels of golfer. The course is extremely varied, with many holes having been cut through pine tree plantations. It offers a complete range of natural hazards from streams, turf banks to gorse.

The longest hole is the par 5 seventh but perhaps the most daunting is the par four dog-leg right eleventh. Measurung 440 yards this hole demands a long and accurate tee shot over a long carry of gorse bushes, to set up a mid-iron second to a severely sloping green.

The greens at Peel are always an excellent element of the course and it requires a certain degree of course management to plot a good score. However, the stunning views from the course and the facilities on offer when you reach the clubhouse make any round of golf here pleasurable. I spent my junior years at Peel Golf Club and can certaily attest that it is the most freindly and welcoming club on the island.

Peel measures 5874 yards from the back tees par is 69 as is SS

For more details go to http://peelgolfclub.com/

Port St Mary Golf Club

Port St Mary is the only 9 hole course on the island and offers a real green fee bargain for the cost conscious traveller. The course was designed by 1920 British Open Champion George Duncan and offers a serious challenge to every level of golfer. The feature holes at Port st Mary are the par threes. The 6th called Bay View is 226 from a very elevated tee often into a swirling wind. Clubbing is particularly difficult here and most golfers will rejoice at getting off the green with a par. The 8th "Sennish ny Marrey" at 216 yards requires a very crisp long iron to find the green. Do not rush off this hole take some time to absorb the wonderful view.

Port St Mary measures 5770 from the back tees par 68 SS 68. There is a pleasant cafe attached to course where lessons can be booked fron a EGTF coach

For further information please contact the club on +44 (0) 1624 834932.

Castletown Golf Club

Golf has been played at Castletown since 1892. The course in its present form was laid out by golfing legend Mackenzie Ross in the late 20s and early 30s and provides some of the purest golf links anywhere in the British Isles.

A championship course presenting some real challenges at over 6700 yards off the championship tees, there are some carries to frighen the best, yet off the yellow society tees there is scope for the club golfer to perform as well. The club has held a number of classic championships, the most notable being the PGA cup matches against the USA in 1979.

For further information contact +44 (0) 01624 822211

King Edward Bay

Known to anyone aged 30 or more simply as Howstrake KEB offers a unique headland golf experience with severe climbs and slopes, numerous natural hazards and springy mountain turf. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris there are stunning coastal views to be enjoyed from virtually every hole. 18 holes at KEB will also improve your aerobic fitness although buggies are available!

For further information, please contact professional Donald Jones, +44 (0) 1624 672709.

How to Get to the Isle of Man

For airline information CLICK HERE

For ferry information CLICK HERE

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