Special focus – Away from home

Whether you’re planning an away day, short break, event or organising your next golf break, we have a destination for you…

Alnmouth Golf Club

Alnmouth, England’s fourth oldest golf club, is home to one of the Northumberland coast’s greatest golfing experiences. Overlooking Foxton Bay, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the course around Foxton Hall was designed by the legendary Harry Colt and today is renowned for its overall presentation. Work this winter has continued the development of the golf course in-line with Colt’s design principles, particularly the bunkering. Alnmouth is also home to first-class practice facilities and a driving range, and is just 40 minutes’ drive from Newcastle. All visitors are given a warm welcome here, with the 26-bed Dormy House within the clubhouse offering a unique stay and play experience for golfers – with twin or single rooms and en-suite facilities.

Alnmouth Golf Club, Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, NE66 3BE, tel 01665 830 231, www.alnmouthgolfclub.com

The Auld Cross Keys Inn

The Auld Cross Keys Inn has been at the heart of life in the village of Denholm for more than 200 years, and remains a popular choice for visitors to the Scottish Borders – including golfers. The inn can accommodate up to 26 people in its 12 rooms and offers quality food, drink and accommodation at competitive prices. Some of the Borders’ best courses are just a short drive away – including Eyemouth, Torwoodlee, Minto, Jedburgh, Kelso and Hirsel.

Auld Cross Keys Inn, Main Street, Denholm, Hawick, TD9 8NU, tel 01450 870 305, www.crosskeysdenholm.co.uk

Bellingham Golf Club & Riverdale Hall Hotel

Set out over a spectacular site in the North Tyne Valley in the Northumberland National Park, Bellingham offers some of the best golfing views in the region – with a fun, challenging golf course to match. Founded in 1893, the par 70 course will test and delight golfers in equal measure, with its traditional challenges and unique quirks. The signature par four 12th, Dormouse, is one of the best short par fours in the North East.
The club partners with the Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel to offer packages for societies and travelling golfers. The relaxed feel and hearty food on offer are perfect for those setting out for a day on the course or returning to unwind and head out again tomorrow.

Bellingham Golf Club, Boggle Hole, Bellingham, NE48 2DT, tel 01434 220 530, www.bellinghamgolfclub.com

Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham, NE48 2JT, tel 01434 220 254, www.riverdalehallhotel.co.uk

George Washington Hotel, Golf and Spa

Resort courses can vary a great deal – from the merely acceptable to the fantastic – and from the moment you step into the clubhouse at George Washington Hotel, Golf and Spa you know you’re in for a fantastic experience. The modern clubhouse sits beside the 16-bay driving range, complete with heated bays and six power tees, while the bar and pro shop are staffed by a welcoming, friendly team. The luxury continues in the hotel – which features the Carter & Fitch restaurant, a spa and leisure club. At the heart of the resort is the par 73 golf course, which can be stretched to 6,625 yards from the back tees. Opened in 1979, the tree-lined fairways are generous, though venturing too far off-line and into the woods can lead to disaster.

George Washington, Stone Cellar Road, Washington, NE37 1PH, tel 0191 402 9988, www.georgewashington.co.uk/golf