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Northumberland Golf Courses

The northernmost county in England, Northumberland is home to over 40 golf clubs, many with some fantastic links, parkland and heathland tracks. There are some well-known popular courses, home to European Tour events as well as some hidden gems, with marvellous greens and breathtaking backdrops.

While the golfers among us can spend many an hour plotting which course they want to visit next, take pity on the non-golfing friends and family who have to fill their days finding things to do while waiting for the last hole to be played. Our guide to some of the best Northumberland golf courses also includes a section for these patient non-golfers, who can now enjoy a golfing holiday as much as the dedicated player.

GOLF CLUBS IN NORTHUMBERLAND:

OUR TEN FAVOURITE CLUBS:

Slaley Hall

For the golfer:

This course is renowned for its par-72 1989 design by Dave Thomas and is considered one of the best courses in the North-East by many players, especially the bunkering design on the Hunting course. The course has hosted six European Tour events and offers beautiful surroundings, with rolling fairways surrounded by moorland, parkland and heathland and some challenging water features to navigate.

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For the non-golfers:

Have some adventures of your own at Allout Adventures, just under 2 miles from the course. Try some muddy quad biking; their 10-mile Quad Bike Enduro is the largest quad trek in Northumberland and will keep you busy while the golfers are hard at work. There's also clay pigeon shooting, archery and axe throwing if you are after something more energetic. It's not all about relaxing when your golfing other half is on the green!

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Hexham

For the golfer:

Set on 150 acres of spectacular parkland, this immaculately-kept course is challenging and one for those who like to be kept on the ball. The first and last holes require some tough decision-making; the first hole: in particular the tee shot requires some confident play, as this par five hole can be reached in two. Do you dare?

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For the non-golfers:

Drop the golfer off and have a relaxing afternoon at Hexham Abbey, a popular place of worship for over 1300 years. A treasure trove of artefacts and history, the abbey features lots of interesting artefacts including St Wilfrid's 7th-century underground crypt, a working night stair and beautiful painted panels. Set in the middle of a thriving market town, you can also indulge in a well-deserved cream tea in one of the welcoming tea rooms before popping back to Hexham.

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Hexham golf course
The breathtaking Hexham Golf Course

 

Goswick – Berwick-on-Tweed

For the golfer:

With views of the North Sea, Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle, this one is for you if you like your golf with a view. The course is always in good condition and is thought of as one of the best in the area - it has in fact been ranked as the No 1 course in Northumberland. An Open Qualifying Venue 2018-2022, it is rarely affected by the weather and is playable all year round, from dedicated tees to full greens.

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For the non-golfers:

Under 3 miles from the golf course, you will find the village of Beal. Providing the route to cross to the tidal island of Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island, it is cut off twice daily by the tide so make sure that you check crossing times so that you aren't left stranded. This enchanting village has a wealth of history within its walls and welcomes visitors from all across the world to explore its medieval religious heritage and breathtaking 16th-century castle.

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Alnmouth golf club
The coastal Alnmouth Golf Club

 

Alnmouth - Foxton Hall

For the golfer:

Situated on the coast with views of the North Sea from the cliff-top track, this well-maintained course is one of the oldest clubs in England. Often referred to as the jewel in Northumberland's golfing crown, it looks out over both Foxton and Alnmouth Bay. Though it has a coastal location, the course is home to parkland turf and wonderfully presented greens. 

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For the non-golfers:

Hop aboard a steam train at the Aln Valley Railway to discover this enchanting area without having to lift a foot. Your golfing family member may be enjoying wonderful coastal views, but you'll also be treated to some wonderful countryside vistas on your journey from Alnwick to Alnmouth. In fact, this area is so pretty it was featured on Channel 4's 'Coastal Railways with Julie Walters'. The station at Lionheart welcomes visitors most weekends from spring to late summer and there is also an engine shed, cafe, museum and model railway.

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golfer putting ball into hole

Dunstanburgh Castle

For the golfer:

Established at the beginning of the 20th century, the National Trust-owned Dunstanburgh is situated on one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the country. With the haunting hilltop Dunstanburgh Castle overlooking every shot, it offers a true test of links golf with some difficult par threes, designed by Open Championship winner and course architect James Braid.

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For the non-golfers:

It would be a terrible thing to come to Dunstanburgh and not visit the castle. This ruined castle dating from the 14th century has a twin-towered keep and offers the most amazing views across the North Sea. Make this one for sunny days as there are picnic areas as well as the beach below to sit back and drink in the amazing vistas. Walkers can try the Craster to Dunstanburgh route which passes some glorious sand dunes and the Newton Pool Nature Reserve, both rich in different species of wildlife.

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Magdalene Fields

For the golfer:

Established at the beginning of the 20th century, this original 9-hole layout has turned into a very scenic 18-hole course. With views out across the North Sea to Holy Island, this cliff-top course has some spectacular holes, especially the par three 8th where the tee shot is played over a cove - the views of the cliffs jutting out on the Scottish border are magnificent. 

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For the non-golfers:

Head into the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed to walk the famous Elizabethan Walls, a 1.5-mile circuit offering wondrous views of the town, coast and river. There is also the Lowry Trail which walks in the footsteps of this famous painter, known for his distinctive 'matchstick men' figures. There are guided walking tours from Easter until late summer which gives you an insider's view of Berwick's historical past.

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bag of golf clubs at sunset

The Northumberland

For the golfer:

One for those who like their horse racing as well as their golf, this course is set within Newcastle Racecourse. Known for its firm, fast greens and well-placed bunkering, it has been the host for Regional Open Qualifying for the past few years. Designed by Colt and Braid, it is a challenging course but accessible to most levels of golfer at any time of the year.

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For the non-golfers:

If you've got the car, drop the golfer off and head to the coast at Tynemouth where you will discover the beachside Blue Reef Aquarium. This undersea safari includes underwater tunnels with sharks and stingrays, plus daily seal shows, monkeys and a cafe. Great if you've got little ones with you, it also has a shop to buy some seaside souvenirs as well as the Blue Reef cafe where you can have a quick bite to eat before heading down for a walk or splash about on the beach.

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Close House - Colt

For the golfer:

This Lee Westwood course, a fairly recent one having opened in 2011, has its fairways set out over 160 acres of the serene Tyne Valley. It has a beautiful 18-hole course with an engaging layout set around many historical features including a Roman Fort and an ice lake. Host of the 2017 British Masters, it was the first time that a European Tour event had been held at Close House.

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For the non-golfers:

It would be wrong to visit this area and not take in a little of the county's history. Just a few miles from the golf club is Heddon-on-the-Wall Hadrian's Wall, the longest unbroken section of wall and managed by English Heritage. Whatever the time of year, the wall, thought to be completed in AD 122 or 123 makes a great companion for a walk across the Northumberland countryside. 

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golfer walking across green with bag of golf clubs

Close House - Filly

For the golfer:

Originally built as a 9-hole course for Newcastle University, the Lee Westward Filly course at Close House has been recently refurbished and then altered in 2013 by Scott Macpherson. Not the longest course, it is one for the thinking golfer with USGA greens and wonderful views of the River Tyne.

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For the non-golfers:

You'll need the car for this one as it's a 10-mile trip, but well worth the drive if you want to do something interesting on your free day. The vibrant city of Newcastle is home to not only some fantastic shopping and restaurants but also is a hub of culture. Try the Life Science Centre, the Discovery Museum and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Don't forget to visit the Angel of the North, Anthony Gormley's iconic angel statue.

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Bamburgh Castle

For the golfer:

The views of the beach and castle from this course are some of the best in the county. Darwin agreed saying “There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course." With views of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands and the Cheviots, it is one of the truest links experiences in the country. Though quite a short course, it’s a fun one to play on regardless of the time of year and the club is widely known as friendly and welcoming.

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For the non-golfers:

There's lots to do when your other half is playing a round of golf. Bamburgh Castle, referred to as the King of Castles is a must-visit, with over 3,000 items on display as well as a fascinating virtual tour which unearths the myths and legends of this spectacular fort. Then mosey on down to the village centre to the RNLI Grace Darling Museum where you can learn about the 'Heroine of the Farne Islands', followed by a mouthwatering cream tea in the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms.

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Other golf clubs in the area:

If you need somewhere to rest your head after a long day on the course or at a nearby attraction, have a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Northumberland. From couples' retreats where you can warm your toes in front of a roaring log fire in winter, to coastal cottages perfect for a sunset beach walk during the summer, our collection of cottages in Northumberland will have something for you.

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