Westerhope Golf Club has stood the test of time as well as any club in our region.
Opened in 1941 as a nine-hole layout and extended to 18 holes 10 years later, the course was designed by 1902 Open champion Sandy Herd. Little has changed since then, though minor alterations and the maturing of the course’s trees has ensured it remains a popular venue for Northumberland county events and continues to produce many talented golfers. Recent work has seen bunkering remodelled and enhanced, while the clubhouse – which offers great views over the 18th hole – remains a welcoming and relaxing place to unwind after every visit.
A test of driving accuracy with high quality putting surfaces, trips to Westerhope are always ones to remember. The toughest driving hole on the course, the 431-yard par four 11th, captures the unique challenge of the golf course perfectly. Played with a slight dogleg to the left, the tee shot favours a right-to-left shape to work around the trees and find the narrow fairway. From here, the long approach is slightly uphill to a green with two bunkers guarding much of its length on both sides. A long, challenging par four that requires two (or three) excellent shots.
Westerhope has a record of producing elite-level golfers and today continues that tradition with several members of the Northumberland county boys team based here. A programme of junior coaching is delivered by professionals Michael Nesbit and George Cowan – both talented players who continue to win regularly on the NE/NW PGA circuit.