A great place to play the royal and ancient game 

September 1, 2018

This autumn the doors are open wide at a top class North East golf course, which has been a special venue for the game for over 100 years

Northumberland Golf Club is now offering a limited number of individual memberships for men, women and juniors, while also taking bookings for Corporate Golf Days for the remainder of the year and 2019.

The high quality of Northumberland Golf Club’s course at Gosforth Park has been acknowledged for many years and by many leading commentators.

Perhaps the greatest accolade comes from the Fine Golf website, which describes it as “the best inland course between Ganton (Yorkshire) and Scotland”.

Club Captain Peter McLane reflects: “Golf is sociable, fun and good exercise.”

Peter is a local businessman who is a great advocate of the Royal and Ancient game and his Gosforth Park course.

“Despite our long history – the course opened in 1898 – there are many golfers who have not been fortunate enough to play here.

“I think there’s an assumption that it’s tough, but I’d say it’s ‘interesting’. Set around Newcastle Racecourse, it ranges from nearly 6700 yards off the medal tees contrasted with three other sets of tees that allow the course to be a little less challenging. It means everyone can enjoy playing here.

Peter continues: “We don’t forget the social aspect in the sport either. All our guests are always made welcome, either as individuals or a company bringing clients. The food is really good in the Clubhouse, which has an atmospheric traditional dining room for post-match meals. The bar and lounges are light and airy, with a nice balance between tradition and comfort.

“My own favourite spot for a post-game drink is the lovely terrace overlooking the 18th green.”

The pedigree of the course was established many years ago by leading golf architects James Braid and later Harry Colt who designed the layout.

It is a finely conditioned heathland course, with beautifully kept greens that are carefully maintained by head greenkeeper Paul O’Connor and his team. One of its majors advantages is that the course can usually be played all-year round.

Northumberland Golf Club has also seen a good number of professional and top amateur tournaments take place over the last 100 years.

“Top Major Champion players including Greg Norman and Tony Jacklin have competed here,” reveals Peter proudly, “while the course record score is held by 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett.”

Northumberland Golf Club’s reputation for producing its own good players is noteworthy. Several of the County golf team are members and the new Captain of The Royal and Ancient – the governing body of the game – is longstanding member Chris Hilton.

New members have access to the 18-hole championship course, four extra full-length winter holes and a spacious practice ground, which has a driving range too. In short, there is plenty of room to improve your game.

There are also competitions for men, women and juniors – not to mention a thriving social events programme. The spacious clubhouse is available to hire for private functions and business meetings.

Northumberland Golf Club
If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit please contact Rachel Moran on 0191 2362498 or email admin@thengc.co.uk

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