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Founded in 1923, The course was designed by the world famous Dr Alister MacKenzie.
The course is rather unique, for the area anyway, a heathland course. The course has plenty of elevation to cross, the weather was fairly calm on Sunday but I can imagine in the wind this course is a different beast. The recent rainfall meant the greens and fairways were in perfect condition. The greens in particular are exceptional
The fairways are lined with hazards waiting to put the anchors on your progress, a combination of thick rough, heather, horse bush and trees. A course that really will punish you for going offline, accuracy is essential at all times. No more so than on approach to the large, sloping greens!! The greens run true and demand great control of your distance and line.
Our favourite holes? There are some truly brilliant holes at South Moore that are Great fun to play and very easy on the eye. All of the par 3’s are great, 3rd and 11th in particular. The two par 5’s, 10th and 12th, are also exceptional holes. The par 5 16th is also interesting, I imagine the ditch is driveable for some, probably not worth the risk for most. A real potential to ruin your round here!
The course also has two great looking practice areas, one an artificial chipping area, a relatively short driving (iron) range and a very tidy putting green. These were not open due to the ongoing Covid pandemic but they definitely add to the appeal of the course. Clubhouse looked very tidy, didn’t try any but the takeout food smelt great.
We all agreed that we would definitely come back to South Moore, it has to be one of the best courses in County Durham.