Lee Westwood Colt Course
Close House Review - 18/10/2020
DarrenFlethcerGolf were absolutely delighted to be invited by Sir Graham Wylie to come and play at the official venue of the 2017 and 2020 British Masters, the brilliant Close House & the Lee Westwood Colt Course. The top ranked course in the North East and one of England's very best courses.
First impressions were really great, the place is immaculate, you see modern architecture in the club house and the golf academy mixed with the old impressive 18th century house and other buildings spread across a vast, well kept estate which has two course's and a par 3 course.
NO.19, which is the clubhouse, locker rooms and club shop is a very modern looking building with great features throughout. The Managing Director, Jonathan Lupton. was very welcoming, he gave us some great tips and advice before we went off. There's some interesting pieces of memorabilia from the clubs attached pro, former world number 1, Lee Westwood.
The club has the regions only PGA Academy which we visited before our round. There's a nice cafe, a range of specialist tuition bays, a large covered driving area and an open space sharing the same range. The covered bays all have Toptracer technology which is a fantastic aid to help improve your game, as well as fun to play around with.
After hitting a few balls at the range, we headed to the large practice putting green just outside of the clubhouse before heading up to the first!
The course itself is a great but fair challenge, we played off the yellows which offers the average golfer a very enjoyable round on a great course but the championship tees will challenge the games very best golfers. The fairways are generally very forgiving, but there's plenty of bunkers in play, water and other hazards to navigate.
Despite torrential downpours, the fairways were really well maintained, large sloping greens were playing quick despite the weather, a true testament to the layout of the course, its drainage and greenstaff. The course is built into the Tyne Valley, however the slope simply adds to the challenge! The bunkers were also in excellent condition!
There are lots of really great holes to play on the Colt, with a mix of holes that keeps you thinking from hole to hole. The par 3 ninth over the water is really fun, there's not a lot of room for error hitting over the large pond to a narrow green with the estate wall close to the back edge. The signature downhill 13th is also spectacular, with great views over the tyne valley and beyond. The fairway is very wide but the approach to the green has to be accurate!
Another par 3, the 14th is also a very pretty looking hole with a vicious run off to the front right of the green. Following that the 15th has a daunting opening shot, hitting over water, uphill and between what appears to be a fairly narrow line of trees on either side!
To end our day, we headed up to the 19th and had a pint and a bite to eat on the veranda overlooking the 18th green and practice area, the service and quality of the food was as exceptional as the course!
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Close House and would recommend it to anyone. We cannot wait to return to play the sister course, the Filly. Massive thank you so Sir Graham, Jonathan and the whole team at Close House for hosting us.