Planning your next golf break? Try these…
Alnmouth Golf Club
Celebrating its 150th year in 2019, Alnmouth Golf Club remains one of the region’s most popular stay and play venues. Overlooking Foxton Bay on the Northumberland coast, the has a long and distinguished history stretching back to 1869 and featuring some of the game’s greats – the club was even a sponsor for the foundation of The Amateur Championship. Laid out by HS Colt, the course 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 and host of major regional events this season, Alnmouth also has first-class practice facilities, a driving range and golf buggies for hire. Only 40 minutes drive from Newcastle, Alnmouth is easily accessed and visitors are always given a warm 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
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
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 a 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
The five-star Rockliffe Hall resort mixes on-course fun with off-course luxury.
The championship-hosting golf course, which has been a venue for the European Seniors Tour as well as some of the region’s biggest amateur and professional tournaments, is a golfing challenge which can test the very best players while remaining accessible for players of all abilities with a mixture of tee boxes available. Off the course, the 61-bedroom five-star accommodation in the elegant Rockliffe Hall is perfect for those travelling to the North East or wanting to stay in ultimate luxury, while the award-winning Orangery restaurant and recently expanded spa are the perfect places to relax following a day on the course. www.rockliffehall.com
Northumbria Golf Breaks
Looking to travel further afield for your next golf break? Northumbria Golf Breaks is based in the North East and has more than 20 years’ experience in creating holiday packages for golfers. Recently recognised for the support given to the Adalucia Huelva tourist board in the last 20 years, the team at Northumbria Golf Breaks are experts on the resorts, hotels and courses they work with while their golfing knowledge ensures each package is tailored to your group – whether a small family trip or a big society holiday. Northumbria Golf Breaks is a member of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators and holds an ATOL license, meaning you can book your next trip with total peace of mind. www.golfnorthumbria.com
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 the views of the Tyne Valley. Meanwhile, the Lodge sits at the top of the Close House estate and can accommodate up to four guests. 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 courses and facilities at Close House, guests have the beautiful Northumberland countryside on their doorstep while the shopping, sport and nightlife of Newcastle are just minutes away. www.closehouse.com
Burgham Park Golf Club
Burgham Park is a true championship course, designed to examine every aspect of your golfing ability.
Set in beautiful, rolling Northumberland countryside, Burgham has matured well since being laid out by Andrew Mair and Mark James in 1994, and is now rated as one of the best championship golf courses in the region. The course measures 6,778 yards from the white tees and 6,383 from the yellows, with a par of 72 – making it a real test for the low handicapper, while allowing the high handicappers to enjoy their game.
The course at Burgham is easy walking, the fairways are generous and the rough is kept short making it the ideal lace for a large group of golfers of all abilities. With holiday cottages available on-site, Burgham makes a perfect venue for your next golfing break in Northumberland. www.burghamparkgolfclub.co.uk