The 6,142 yard par 70 course is set upon a coastal headland and extensive mature parklands in what was once the historic Carnfunnock Estate.


From the first five holes there are extensive views of the Antrim coast, the Mull of Kintyre, and sea vistas extending to the Scottish Islands of Jura and Islay.

 

The signature hole is the 160 yard par 3 2nd “The Head” which is set upon the exposed headland. Depending on how the wind blows the tee shot to a narrow green can require an extensive variety of shots and poses a club selection dilemma. The remaining four holes on the front nine descend into mature parkland with a variety of trees providing the course’s main defences.

 

The more challenging back nine commences with the Cairndhu version of “Amen Corner”. The 410 yard 10th hole presents probably the toughest drive on the course, the 11th is a daunting 215 yard par 3 and the 12th hole is a 447 yard par 4 is simply the hardest hole on the course. The remaining six holes are a delightful combination of demanding shot-making and birdie opportunities.