Development of the software initiates, which sees the addition of two software engineers. In 2011, Darren won The Open at Royal St. George’s and was appointed as Europe’s team captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Chris Kitson joins the team as lead developer, bringing over 15 years experiences and having worked with Google as well as numerous start-ups. Dress code: No denims, collarless shirts or trainers. And however good your game – from absolute beginner to pro – we’ve got you covered, from gentle links to the most challenging championship courses. With our world ranked players as well as our world class Golf Courses, Northern Ireland has much to be proud of. By the age of 14 I had become a decent player, however I realised that in order to truly test myself I had to compete. As locals say “there’s eating and drinking in it”. The next few months see Ryan and Graham working together to create a visual representation of how their platform will function. Having these high standards for our golf industry means you can enjoy the experience at every step, from the welcome and reception you receive, clubhouse facilities and services as well as the golf course itself. Whilst the caddying season grinds to a halt over the winter months, I am already eagerly waiting making new memories next year as I join my fellow caddies to help more visitors from around the world take on the test of Castlerock. Is there a better stretch of golf anywhere in the world than the strip of coast between Castlerock and Portrush? Caddy Programme. This meant that luckily for me, I was now going to be spending most of my summer around the golf club. This is one of the toughest links courses around, with some exceptional holes. No waterproofs or golf shoes in clubhouse. The course designed by legendary club maker Ben Sayers and Harry Colt underwent significant renovations under the watchful eye of Dr Martin Hawtree in the winter of 2017 and again in the winter of 2019. The hiring of a caddie will enhance your experience and enjoyment on the course. Written by Graham Curry. You can see his card displayed in the Club cabinet. At the beginning, I seriously underestimated the difficulty of caddying. Belfast Tech firm Techstart see’s potential in the concept, and awards a proof of concept grant , enabling the company to begin software development of the final platform. Practice area 1/2 mile from clubhouse. Find out about the best professional and amateur competitions coming to our shores below. Graham continues to work as a caddie at Castlerock, which proves an incredible opportunity to speak to golfers from across the globe about his idea. Caddies are £30. Breweries, Distilleries & Cider Producers. As well as the tough main course, there is also the 9 hole Bann course, which offers an easier test of golf. Course tour: Castlerock has a course tour here. To reserve any of the above hire equipment please contact the Golf Shop: tel 028 7084 9424, Please Contact the office for all society bookings - 028 7084 8314, By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Castlerock is a fabulous links course that lies on the north coast of Northern Ireland, just to the west of Portstewart. With over 230,000 golf fans attending the British Open at Royal Portrush, golf tourism spikes in Ireland . With over 50% of visitors coming from USA, as conditions in the States are typically more, predictable, they can become baffled when the winds pick up and the course becomes fast and firm. more information Accept. Royal Portrush Golf Club holds a course record set by Northern Ireland’s own Rory McIlroy from his amateur days. This service allows you to book a tee time at our golf course over the Internet and get instant on-screen and email confirmation of your booking. Castlerock Golf Club Castlerock is a fabulous links course that lies on the north coast of Northern Ireland, just to the west of Portstewart. And home to the host of The 148th Open, Royal Portrush. Visitors may play Castlerock seven days a week. We offer an extensive Caddy Programme at the Club. Contact the Office or Golf Shop Tel: 028 7084 8314. The caddy rate is £40 per round (plus gratuities). It would be a mistake to overlook this gem, which embodies all the essential charms of links golf. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don't let the fact that it is a 9 hole course fool you though as it is very testing course in its very own right. Despite the challenges the job present, for a guy like myself who has a passion for game, I couldn’t ask for a better job during the golfing season. The course designed by legendary club maker Ben Sayers and Harry Colt underwent significant renovations under the watchful eye of Dr Martin Hawtree in the winter of 2017 and again in the winter of 2019. View what Northern Ireland has to offer and some of the best things to see and do during a visit. James Cleary joins our team as a Software intern, bringing extensive experience in front end technologies. Through the winter of 2017/18 the Championship Course - Mussenden Links went through some major reconstruction. The caddy rate is £40 per round (plus gratuities). Caddies can be booked up to 48 hours in advance of required tee time. Caddies available: Yes (Request in advance through Links Golf). In geographic terms, Northern Ireland is not a huge country. But when it comes to golf, make no mistake: we’re a giant, with 90 clubs – and champions like Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell to prove it. It’s also a good bit cheaper that its more known neighbors. Awarded Ireland's "Hidden Gem" for Links Golf on the North Coast Watch the video. Whilst the caddying season grinds to a halt over the winter months, I am already eagerly waiting making new memories next year as I join my fellow caddies to help more visitors from around the world take on the test of Castlerock. Electric pull carts are £15 (£20 with GPS). At this time, my family had also purchased a caravan right next to the course. Bookings of Golf Clubs, Trolleys, Caddies, Restaurant, etc. The club had engaged with Dr Martin Hawtree a renowned course architect to make some changes to the course which resulted in 6 holes being changed on the course. Caddies can be booked up to 48 hours in advance of required tee time. April through June are the driest months, while the warmest temperatures can be found May through October. Taking up the game of golf at the age of 10 after a friend suggested I should try it out, I didn’t quite realise how it would go on to become one of my greatest passions. This gem of links is only “hidden” because of how brightly its neighbors shine. After only a few trips to the driving range, I was already hooked and was eager to try my skills on the course. The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. Architects: Ben Sayers, with later alterations by Harry Colt and Martin Hawtree. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Electric buggies available: Yes (only 4 available). The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. The multitude of tasks was overwhelming initially; however with the guidance of the senior caddies at the club, I soon began to find my feet. For fun off the course, Northern Ireland has excellent facilities to enjoy that well deserved relaxing time at the 19th hole! Castlerock is a fabulous links course set among rolling sand dunes. But, for me, the best holes at Castlerock are the finishing stretch from 16. Our first Breakthrough, Handicaddie is recognised as one of the top 12 most promising start-ups in Northern Ireland.