Golfers in and around Morpeth are blessed with some of Northumberland’s best golf courses on their doorstep. While links enthusiasts head to the coast and those who enjoy modern design head to new courses, those who relish the traditional English parkland style head to Morpeth Golf Club.
Designed by six-time Open champion Harry Vardon, who picked some fascinating pieces of ground to layout his golf courses in our region, today the course presents an exacting test of ball striking with its tree-lined fairways leading to a set of 18 unique greens.
Lengthened in recent years to a total of 6,341 yards from the white tees, continued refinements en-sure the course stands up to the modern game. While the fairways are generous, they’re bordered by tall trees – and worse – and those who spray the ball with driver should play cautiously from the tee.
Having made it to the top of the hill, take a moment to enjoy the view from the tee at the signature 14th hole… and catch your breath. A spectacular downhill par three, this 184-yard hole plays a lot shorter than its yardage and can be particularly tricky when the wind blows across the hillside. The bunkers on the right side are popular landing spots, while shots which carry beyond these are re-warded with a simple chip or a chance for a birdie two
While the golf course has benefitted from continued investment in recent years, the clubhouse has not been left behind. The upstairs dining room welcomes some 100 diners for Sunday lunch weekly, while investment has also been made in the locker rooms, swing room and snooker room.