Our latest round had us playing at Heworth Golf Club. A 100+ year old parklands course near Gateshead. The course is a par 71 that plays 6,203 yards from the yellows.
Facilities wise the pro shop is in an old quirky building, but it’s very well stocked and has an indoor fitting facility, which looked great.
Tucked behind the 18th green is a little practice area with a very tidy chipping and putting green, two driving nets and a short practice area, probably with only enough distance for a wedge but it’s a nice addition to your pre game warm up.
The course is a very flat so it’s easy on the legs if waking and is set in very well maintained grounds. This parklands course has all the usual obstacles, tree lined fairways, deep rough, fairway/green side bunkers and tricky greens.
The course was in great condition, particularly the greens, with some large, undulating greens that can offer a significant challenge if you leave yourself with a long look.
The layout of the course ensures that players of all abilities can have an enjoyable round. Some stand out holes include the par 3 3rd, a fairly short par 3 but with a green that is well protected by bunkers. Happy to take a par there, similar to situation on the par 3 15th, that plays a bit longer than it looks.
The par 4’s offer a good variety and challenge, a nice mix of lengths, many of them have tight fairways from the tee box. The par 5 9th with the dog leg is a great hole and the par 5 11th is a bit of a beast at 557 yards.
Standing on the 18th tee you’ll be forgiven for thinking you have a nice short par 4 to finish, but no, it’s a fairly tough and long par 3 at 222 yards with out of bounds running along the right side and a well protected, large sloping green. Bit of a card wrecker for some, happy to get out of there with a par or even bogey.
After the round we had a quick stop off in the clubhouse, didn’t have time to try any food but the bar area is fairly large with sky sports and a cracking balcony for a well deserved post game pint.
We all really enjoyed playing Heworth, definitely a course we would come back to enjoy again.