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2-fore!-1 Golf in England: North East

19 Courses in Wooler, SEAHOUSES, Prudhoe , Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham , North Yorkshire, County Durham, Bedlington , Co Durham, Tyne & Wear

The North East of England encompasses Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the former county of Cleveland in North Yorkshire, and contains the cities of Newcastle on Tyne, Sunderland and Durham. This is one of the least densely populated regions of England, so for any golfer wanting to 'get away from it all', you can find your bliss here. And, for the keen golfer a hidden trove of excellent value, understated quality, authentic golf courses await, including fine links courses along the coast and time honored traditional parkland golf courses inland. This region is being slowly and quietly rediscovered by discerning golfers.

Some of the stand-out courses in North East England:

Alnmouth, in Northumberland, lays claim to having the oldest 9 hole links course in England as well as the fourth oldest golf club. The original nine hole links opened in 1869 and that course is still open for play, now as the Alnmouth Village Golf Club. The Alnmouth Golf Club itself is nearby at Foxton Hall, with the newer 18 hole course that opened in 1931. Foxton, as the club is generally known, incorporates a 26 bed Dormy House above the clubhouse, so you are welcome to 'stay & play' at this beautiful and historic club that overlooks the ocean. Alnmouth Golf Club was recently listed in the Top 100 Hidden Gem golf courses in the UK, by Golf Monthly magazine.

Seaton Carew Golf Club in Hartlepool, County Durham, has been open for golf rounds since 1874 and is the 10th oldest golf club in England. Set on the coast of the North Sea, it was already one of England's top golfing destinations by the end of the 19th Century, when its "velvety soft springy turf" received written praise. In 1925 Alister MacKenzie lengthened the course to 6,500 yards, adding new holes and substantial plantings. Today this championship links course is voted 53rd in England's Top 100 golf courses. The course has been described as "one of the most challenging links courses anywhere in the British Isles". [Sky Sports.] Seaton Carew Golf Club regularly hosts many top amateur golf competitions and in 2014 the Brabazon Trophy returned to the club (it was held here in 1985).

Goswick Golf Club links course in Berwick upon Tweed was formed in 1890. It is the top ranking course in Northumberland and is the Open Championship Regional Qualifying Venue for 2018. This James Braid designed championship true links course, set in this invigorating coastal environment, is rarely affected by the weather (although you may need to brace against the wind) and is open for play all year round. 6803 yards, full of variety and "a tough challenge", as the course weaves through the dunes: understated value; authentic links golf. Only an hour's drive from either Newcastle or Edinburgh. Although somewhat isolated geographically, you'll meet a warm and friendly reception whenever you arrive.

Cleveland Golf Club

Cleveland Golf Club in Redcar, established in 1887, was the first golf club to open in Yorkshire. Harry S Colt was involved in the original course design. The club have hosted a number of events on this championship true links course, including the EGU county finals and the Yorkshire County Team Championship. It is set on the vitalising NE Coast and measures 6,921 yards. This is a flat, easy walking course with some brand new, interesting bunkers, fairways kept in good condition and greens are fast and true. Impressively large dunes make their presence felt. The course is safe for all ages and abilities and junior golfers are welcome. The club has its own golfing academy and juniors are welcome here also. The course is close to a steelworks, and as one golfer has said, "It heightens the drama of your round". A very friendly club, and good hot food is available.

Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course

Dunstanburgh Castle is in Embleton Bay, Northumberland, a few miles from Alnwick on Northumberland's Heritage Coastline. Founded in 1900 then updated under James Braid's design in 1922, the course is an 18 hole, 6,298 yard par 70 true links course on sandy dune land. It is set among large, rugged, sometimes gorse-encrusted dunes, where the plants, birds and other wildlife of the surrounding dunes are managed by the National Trust. Here, amongst the beautiful scenery, you can find various rare species. The castle is at the south end of the course where tall cliffs heighten the atmosphere, while the northern end leads into the nature reserve. The clubhouse has all facilities, including showers available for golfers, and a separate fully licensed restaurant. Stay & Play options are available via the Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel and the Blue Bell B&B in Embleton.

Northumberland Golf Club

Northumberland Golf Club at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was founded in 1898. Both Harry Colt and James Braid were involved in the design of the course as it evolved. The course runs alongside, and weaves through, the Newcastle Racecourse. After a golf round here, you appreciate the intricacies of good golf course design, and the way it allows you to interact with the racecourse itself while testing your golfing skills. At Northumberland Golf Club the fairways are maintained in very good condition, the greens are fast and true, the rough can be nasty, and the bunkers are strategically placed, often 100 yards from the greens. Your welcome at the club will be warm and friendly, with bar, lounge and restaurant available. Northumberland is the Regional Qualifying course for the Open Championships (2013 -2017).