Alnmouth Golf Club A trip to Alnmouth Golf Club in the coming months is highly recommended as England’s fourth oldest club is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout 2019.
Overlooking Foxton Bay, an area of natural outstanding beauty on the Northumberland coast, the club has a long and distinguished history.
Designed by HS Colt, it is regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the North East, renowned for the condition of its greens and overall presentation. A Top 100 golf course in the UK, Alnmouth also has first-class practice facilities, a driving range and golf buggies for hire. Only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle, visitors are always given a warm Northumbrian welcome. 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 Auld Cross Keys Inn The Auld Cross Keys Country Inn, Denholm has been at the heart of life in the town for more than 200 years. A popular choice with golfers visiting the Scottish Borders, the former bakehouse offers 12 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 26 people. Within a short drive of some of the best courses in the Scottish Borders, including Eyemouth, Torwoodlee, Minto, Jedburgh, Kelso and the Hirsel, the Auld Cross Keys serves as a perfect base for visiting golfers. www.crosskeysdenholm.co.uk
Bellingham Golf Club Bellingham Golf Club sits in the heart of the Northumberland National Park and offers some of the best golfing views in Northumberland. Situated between Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border, the layout offers spectacular views extending up the Tyne Valley towards the Border Forest Park and Kielder reservoir. One of the oldest courses in England, Bellingham was founded in 1893 as a nine-hole course. Since then it has been extended to 18 holes, and matured into a stunning track. The par of 70 ensures it remains no pushover, and the signature par four 12th is regarded by many as one of the best short par fours in the region. www.bellinghamgolfclub.com
Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel Bellingham Golf Club has a great link with the Riverdale Hall Country House Hotel, which means societies get a great deal on stay and play golf. For those travelling to Northumberland, or playing along the Tyne Valley, a stop over at the Riverdale Hall Hotel is highly recommended. The relaxed feel and hearty breakfast is perfect for those returning from a day on the course, or raring to get out there. www.riverdalehallhotel.co.uk
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 hotel’s extensive leisure facilities. Check out the hotel’s golf breaks Facebook page (@GolfCairndale) for the latest competitions and offers. www.cairndalehotel.co.uk
NI Golf The Open Championship will be played in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 later this year, making this summer the perfect time to sample golf across the Irish Sea. The team at NI For Golf have a wealth of local knowledge covering golf courses and accommodation, making them the ideal partners to arrange a package for your trip.
With more than 90 course and accommodation options available, ranging from five-star resorts and courses including Royal Portrush and Royal County Down to local guest houses and stunning links layouts, Northern Ireland should be at the top of every golfers wish list when planning their next golfing adventure. www.niforgolf.co.uk
Golf Escapes For those in search of guaranteed sunshine and golf a little further afield, Golf Escapes offers a wide range of tailored golfing holidays for people of all golfing abilities. The number of destinations on offer continues to grow and includes the best golfing resorts in Spain, Portugal, Italy and across Europe, some deals closer to home in the UK & Ireland, and long-haul options including South Africa, Mauritius and Dubai. The Golf Escapes team prides itself on having visited and tried out these resorts and courses to get first-hand experience and inside knowledge – ensuring they provide the best golfing getaways. Golf Escapes sends more than 10,000 golfers away each year to various parts of the world and the team has a reputation for unparalleled service and knowledge, and for creating great value holidays. www.golf-escapes.com