Whitley Bay

Founded in 1890, Whitley Bay is a fantastic course located just a stones throw from the Northumberland coastline. Being just slightly inland, Whitley Bay is a parklands course which offers. a great challenge to golfers and is one of the region's top courses.

The club is one of only 50 in the UK to have achieved the GEO Certified excellent award, a mark of the great golfing environment Whitley Bay GC has built and interestingly, it also once hosted a European Tour event, attended by legends of the game like Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman!

So after a bit of putting and loosening up in the nets, we set off down the fairly short 476 yard par 5 first in the midst of a thick coastal haar which made our opening drive interesting, with OB down the left and rough on both sides, thankfully after a few holes the thick fog made way to brilliant sunshine so we could enjoy really enjoy the round.

Our favourite hole was the stroke index 1 par 5 12th, a beast of a hole at over 580 yards, the fairway doglegs left tight to the dene. The tee shot is somewhat blind, go too far right and you find trouble and the fairway slopes to the left towards the dene. The second shot is into a narrowing landing area, the hole really keeps you on your toes. The green is large, two tiered and if you can make it with a par you have done well.

Other great holes include most if not all of the par 3’s, the 11th is a great par 4 which is very playable if you get your drive nice and straight from the tee.

The tricky 16th is also a cracker, which requires an accurate drive to avoid the dene and a tricky approach to the plateaued green. In fact the last 3-4 holes all offer a unique challenge.

The fairly short par 5 18th plays into the wind but is a great opportunity to finish with a birdie.

The course is brilliant, the fairways are undulating with a lot of variation hole to hole, a lot of elevation to navigate, sloping fairways, raised greens, bling tee shots etc. It really is a very fun course to play. One stand out feature of Whitley Bay has to be the greens, they were in excellent condition despite some recent downpours. The fairways are on the whole fairly forgiving, but tight OB, a winding ravine comes into play on many holes and with the course sitting so close to the coast you are often battling against the brisk winds coming in from the North Sea.

We didn't have time to experience the clubhouse and take full advantage of the facilities but the staff and visitors we did come across were very welcoming and friendly. The Pro has a full indoor performance studio which we will have to check out next time round.

So a massive thank you to everyone at Whitley Bay Golf Club for a thoroughly enjoyable round at one of the region's best courses.

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