“Have you stayed with us before?” the
receptionist at the four star Roe Park Resort asked with a friendly smile.
|The short par four 14th|
“I have,” I replied. “I slept very well in
your car park.”
She didn’t ask any further, so I didn’t get
to explain that I was referring to a night in my camper van, back in 2008. I suspect she thought I was a drunken wedding guest enjoying a night of comfort with a shrub. Roe Park is a popular destination for weddings,
and when you see the facilities you’ll understand why. The hotel has separate
restaurants, some luxury suites and a driveway that makes the hotel feel as if
it is miles from anywhere – even if the town of Limavady is only next door.
But this is an ideal golf destination too,
for many reasons: it has an entertaining 18-hole parkland wrapped around the
hotel – you drive alongside the 1st, en route to the hotel; it has excellent
golf facilities, including three practice holes and a full scale, floodlit
driving range. There’s the restaurant and bar scenario mentioned above, the
proximity of the pro shop and golf course itself (the 6th hole glides upwards
right outside The Coach House Brasserie)… and then there’s the hotel’s location
for some of the best links courses in the world. Within half an hour’s drive
you have Royal Portrush, Portstewart, and Castlerock; within an hour you have
Ballyliffin and North West. Stretch to 90 minutes and you have Portsalon,
Rosapenna and Ballycastle.
|Views over the first few holes from the hotel.|
In the last year the resort has invested
over £200,000 in the upgrade of the course. The three new practice holes are
only a part of it, as there are also new greens and some fairway realignments. It is all adding to a rapidly maturing parkland and one with an excellent
final flourish. 14, 15 and 17 are the strongest of the lot, with the 15th being
a class act – a short par four that couldn’t be more risk-reward if it tried –
see photo below.
|Views over the 7th green and 8th hole.|
They look after their golfers here, with transport arranged to nearby attractions and golf courses, packed lunches for the organised and a secure private bag store where guests can store and dry their gear and charge their batteries. The latest Taylormade clubs are available for hire as well as shoes, pull trolleys, electric trolleys and golf buggies. Roe Park does everything you'd want of a golf resort hotel.
|The excellent, very short par four 15th. Green is in the sunlight|
on the right side the photo.
He obviously didn't see the bunkers greens never swiped or bunkers raked at weekends. Photographs can lieReplyDelete
If by 'he' you mean me, I played the course in Oct '14 and had no problems with greens or bunkers. They all looked and played fineDelete