Our latest review comes from Northumberland Golf Club, an Open qualifying venue and one of Northumberland’s best courses, based at High Gosforth Park, just a few miles from Newcastle city centre.
When you arrive, you enter the car park from the rear of the clubhouse, which is rather unassuming at first but once you get it in it really opens up and it’s a really great looking place, it has a a very classy look to it that matches the course/area very well.
Before we went off we had a chat with a couple of very friendly members who gave us a few pointers and advice, we didn’t catch their names but they were very welcoming.
We had a quick putt on the practice green and then went off down the first, a nice dog leg right to start from a raised tee box.
A really unique and rather cool feature of this course is that it is played within and around the race track at Newcastle Racecourse. There can’t be many golf courses out there where you need to factor in racing fences/jumps, they genuinely come into play on a couple of holes, as well as deceivingly thick rough on the turf sections of the race course. There are a few holes where you play alongside the turf track and couple hitting over the all weather, a great feature of the course.
Besides that, the course is a real test of golf, with a great mix of holes offering a fair challenge that all golfers should enjoy. The fairways are generous and all are in excellent condition. However the rough is really brutal in places, other reviews mention the “links“ like feel to the course, something we definitely agree with. There are some trees that come into play, but not too many. The bunkers are well positioned on the fairways and around the greens and they are well maintained.
One of the best features of the course is the greens. They were in excellent condition, large, deceptively difficult to gauge, fast and true.
Our favourite holes, the par 5 3rd hitting over the track and along side the turf course is one of the signature holes. With strategically placed fairway bunkers that come into play on your second/third shot to the green. The 13th, stroke index 1, was great, with the racecourse ob to your left and wooded areas to the right, one of the tighter landing areas on this tough par 4! The par 3 14 is also an exceptional par 3!
To finish the 18th is a fun hole, hitting over the race track from a raised tee box through what looks like a fairly narrow tree line, it does in fact open up quite a bit but it’s easy to go too far left or right and play into trouble. A mid iron from there to a raised green to finish, a tester in front of the watching members.
After our round we had a nice pint in the sunshine and watched a few groups finish up on the 18th green, a great way to end the day.