Whether you’re looking for a last-minute 2020 getaway or preparing for your 2021 golfing holiday, we highly recommend a visit to these clubs and accommodation providers…
If you spend a full day on the golf course you need a relaxing stay in luxurious surrounding – and the Courtyard, Pavilion and Lodge accommodation at Close House ticks all the boxes. The Pavilion, next to the Yearling par three course, is a private two-bedroom residence for up to four people with space to relax in the evening sunshine while enjoying views of the golf course. Meanwhile, the Lodge sits at the top of the Close House estate and can accommodate up to four guests in complete luxury. The Courtyard suites are just a short walk from No.19 and provide a high standard of accommodation with 16 rooms accommodating up to 34 guests. As well as having access to the two Lee Westwood golf courses and excellent facilities at Close House, guests have the beautiful Northumberland countryside on their doorstep while Newcastle is just minutes away. www.closehouse.com
Alnmouth Golf Club A trip to Alnmouth Golf Club is always highly recommended. England’s fourth oldest golf club has hosted some of the region’s biggest events in its history, including the northern counties Big Six and the Senior Home Internationals in 2019.
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
George Washington Hotel, Golf & Spa George Washington is everything you want in a golf resort. The championship course is complemented by a 16-bay driving range with teaching suites. There’s also a five-hole Academy course and the 103-bedroom hotel offers great stay and play rates and dining throughout the day as well as gym and spa facilities. At the heart of the resort is the par 73 18-hole layout measuring 6,625 yards from the back tees. The fairways are generous, however trees await should you fail to find the short grass. www.georgewashington.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