It’s time to get next year’s key dates in the diary, including those all important away days.
Looking for inspiration? Try these…
Longhirst Hall Golf Club The two championship courses at Longhirst Hall Golf Club have each hosted the EuroPro Tour in recent years and present two excellent tests of golf. Set in stunning Northumberland countryside, The Lakes course is a demanding layout, rewarding accuracy as water comes into play on 15 holes. Meanwhile, the Dawson course offers players a little more room from the tee, while demanding a great short game to its smaller, well-defended greens. The club is also home to a state-of-the art driving range with short game practice facility, along with a welcoming clubhouse.
Part of the top 100 must-play venues in the UK with Golfshake.com, Longhirst welcomes visitors and societies seven days a week with a range of packages available incorporating multiple rounds, catering and more. www.longhirstgolf.co.uk
Alnmouth Golf Club A trip to Alnmouth Golf Club is always highly recommended. England’s fourth oldest club celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019 and has hosted some of the biggest events in its history this season, including the northern counties Big Six and the Senior Home Internationals.
Overlooking Foxton Bay, an area of natural outstanding beauty on the Northumberland coast, the course was designed by HS Colt. Renowned for the condition of its greens and overall presentation, the course is included in the Top 100 golf course in the UK and is also home to first-class practice facilities and a driving range. Only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle, visitors are always given a warm Northumbrian welcome here. For those staying and playing, the 26-bed Dormy House within the clubhouse is designed to accommodate golfers with twin or single rooms with en-suite facilities while golf breaks can be organised to include a choice of the best courses in Northumberland. www.alnmouthgolfclub.com
The Cairndale Hotel Situated in Dumfries town centre, the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club is the ideal base for those heading north to sample the high quality golf and hospitality in Dumfries & Galloway, and into Cumbria.
The team at The Cairndale are experts in hospitality and golf, with a wealth of contacts locally and further afield to ensure you get the right mix of golf courses around the counties during your break, as well as arranging your tee times, preferred meals and rooms in the hotel. All golf breaks at the hotel include a full Scottish breakfast each morning, a four-course Table d’hôte dinner each evening and complimentary use of the leisure facilities. Tae a look at the hotel’s golf breaks Facebook page (@GolfCairndale) for the latest competitions and offers. www.cairndalehotel.co.uk
Ladybank Golf Club Laid out by Tom Morris, the golf course at Ladybank Golf Club dates back to 1879. Set out over attractive heathland, the landscape features stunning gorse, broom, heather, scots pine and silver birch.
The sandy soil creates tight turf while the gentle undulations to fairways and fast, firm greens make for a memorable occasion on every visit. Deep bunkering adds a links-like feel when matched with the tight fairways. The links resemblances end there however, for the many trees here demand far more accuracy from the tee than the traditional linksland of the coast. There are few straight holes and while just four of the par four holes stretch more than 400 yards, this is no pushover thanks to the doglegs and subtle curves. www.ladybankgolf.co.uk
Golfamore An alternative option for golfers across the region is now available thanks to Golfamore – Sweden’s most popular online golf course booking service.
Golfamore offers golfers discounts on green fees across Europe and rapidly became a movement in Sweden, where more than 20% of all golfers have used Golfamore. Today around 1,000 golf courses across Europe have partnered with Golfamore, opening up half price green fees to Golfamore members.
For £4.95 per month, Golfamore users get access to the 50% green fee discount at all of Golfamore’s partner golf clubs in Europe, including clubs in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Scandinavia and Italy.
For more information and to sign up go to www.golfamore.co.uk