Practice is perfect for Ramside


Ramside Hall has opened a new £50,000 practice area.

Durham’s only 36-hole golf resort and hotel, Ramside is celebrating its 21st anniversary year and marked the occasion by opening the club’s new practice facilities and covered storage for its fleet of 36 golf buggies.

The improvements include a short-game zone with a 300sqm artificial green where golfers can practice pitching and chipping and an 850sqm putting green located at the entrance to the £3m 18-hole championship Cathedral Course opened in 2014.

The improvements also include two 16m long shelters covered with artificial grass tiles to house the fleet of buggies and provide year-round protection against the weather.

Course manager Roger Shaw said: “This new practice facility is one of only a handful in the North of England and has been built so that golfers can practice on a surface that is weather proof and never changes come rain or shine.

“Our artificial green behaves almost exactly like a real grass golf green when you hit shots into it. When other facilities are waterlogged or bogged down in mud, golfers can come and enjoy high-quality practice sessions at Ramside.”

Helen Roseberry, director of golf at Ramside Golf Club, said: “The buggy shelters are the last piece of the jigsaw, a real talking point when people arrive at the resort.

“They have the wow effect but are also practical, they keep our buggies dry and protected from the changing British weather while blending in against the backdrop of the golf course.”

The short game zone is open to the public as well as club members and visiting guests. Practice sessions are by appointment and booked through Ramside’s Golf Reception,
tel 0191 386 9514.