Search for ‘Best Golf course North East England’ and you will see 2/3 courses at the top of all the lists, this week we were fortunate to play the course regarded by many to be THE best course in the North East, Goswick!
Goswick has been selected as one of The Open qualifying courses since 2018. This is a true indicator of the caliber and challenge offered by this course, it really is exceptional.
Goswick is located just outside the border town of Berwick upon Tweed. About 1 hour from Newcastle and a little further to Edinburgh, it’s a fairly remote setting and a long drive for most but you shouldn’t hesitate in making the journey, it’s worth every mile.
The club house is immaculate, with a good selection of drinks and food on offer. The locker rooms were pristine and clearly well looked after.
The pro was very welcoming when we arrived, pointed us in the right directions and gave us a heads up of the conditions we’d be facing out on the course, windy, very windy.
Before we teed off we hit the practice facility, here we had open air driving range bays marked by posts, a very well maintained putting green and a chipping green.
Onto the course itself. The layout of course is great, an interesting mix of holes that requires you to put significant thought into your strategy and shot selection to give you the right approach shots to the greens. The par 3 15th is great fun and a great looking hole, hitting down onto a large sloping green from a raised tee box. Looks easier than it is.
Today we were playing with a constant 30+mph wind, it felt like were always either hitting into or dealing with very strong side winds all day, which added significantly to the challenge. Playing from the yellows was hard enough I can only imagine how hard the championship tees would play in these conditions.
Deep pot bunkers are waiting for you from the tee and surround the greens, out of bounds and thick rough/dunes line the fairways waiting to punish any wayward tee shots.
Even in March after a fairly wet/miserable winter the greens were in perfect condition, large, lightening quick and with many difficult undulations to navigate, making the accuracy of your approach critical to avoid 3 putting. The fairways were all well maintained too.
The views, like all of the links courses in this region are superb with views of the unspoilt coastline and the Cheviots in the distance! This really adds to the experience.
We’ve played some great courses already this year but this course is hard to beat, it has the feel of a very classy club. We’d have preferred to play in slightly calmer conditions but even in the strong winds we all thoroughly enjoyed our day.