Last Sunday we were back at Close House, home of the 2017 and 2020 British Masters and touring pro Lee Westwood to play the Lee Westwood Filly Course. We have previously visited and had a great time playing the Championship Lee Westwood Colt Course, you can find that review here.... Lee Westwood Colt Course
The Filly Course is a 6034 yard, Par 70 course from the medal tees. Sir Graham Wylie purchased the area in 2004 and the course was at first redesigned in 2006, building 18 USGA greens throughout the course. In 2014 further modifications by Scott MacPherson (Architect of the Colt Course) included rebuilding two greens, a change of route on the course and extensive bunker redesigns. It is played on slightly lower ground than the Colt Course but the views of the Tyne Valley and the rest of the facility are just as great.
There is no compromise with the Filly, it doesn't feel like you are playing the "second" course. You can tell it gets the same attention and care from the green staff as the Colt, with it’s excellent greens, superbly maintained fairways and well looked after greenside and fairway bunkers (32 of those)! It really does stand up as a great course in it’s own right offering a challenge and enjoyable round for players of all abilities. The course has a great layout that keeps you interested throughout the round, with some really nice par 3’s, a few drivable par 4’s which is always fun, dog legs and plenty of opportunity for those risk/reward shots
The generous fairways will reward accuracy from the tee, but anything wayward will find trouble. One of the real challenges here is gaining prime position on the greens, they are large with many undulations to navigate, this creates a real test for your putting skill and accuracy.
Our favourite hole would have to be the par 4 8th, a drivable green for the longer hitters, but danger awaits with a water hazard protecting the green. The view from the raised tee box is exceptional. The par 4 7th, is also a fun hole hitting uphill with a real risky shot directly to the green for some over a patch of thick rough. The par 3 12th features a huge bunker which can really ruin your hole if you fall short. We also really enjoyed the 4th hole, playing towards the stone built lodge that sits near the little par 3 area. A hole that is very easy on the eye. Finally the 18th is a nice way to finish your round, with great views of the house and the clubhouse, an uphill par 4 with the green set back over a stone wall, a very enjoyable hole to finish your round.
The Filly really is an amazing alternative to the Championship Colt Course, we can see how it is very popular with both members and guests of Close House!
We have now spent two days here playing the Colt and the Filly Course and enjoyed making the most of the facilities both times. This place has everything, two excellent courses that are very different, but enjoyable for all levels of player, friendly staff, a superb clubhouse (food is exceptional) and separate driving range facility with Top Tracer technology. We would highly recommend that you check out their stay and play deals for a great couple of days golf in the beautiful Northumberland countryside at a very, very reasonable price - https://closehouse.com/golf/play-and-stay-special-offers/
Or check out their memberships deals which are available from £66 per month up to £192 per month for full membership - https://closehouse.com/membership/individual-membership/