Lee Westwood Colt Course
The 18-hole championship Lee Westwood Colt Course was opened in May 2011 and was voted one of the top 100 golf courses in England, less than 8 months after it opened. The 6813-yard layout tips its hat to the great English golf architect Harry Colt (who designed Wentworth, St Georges Hill, Sunningdale and Swinley Forest among others). While nothing is copied directly, the rectangular tees, the bunker forms, and the variety in Par threes are all features conceived from the distilled themes of this most brilliant architect.
Lee Westwood says: "The Colt Course is a really good test of golf. There are a lot of good holes on it. It’s fairly undulating and there is quite a drop from the start of the golf course to the finish; some 300 feet in all. For me, the hole I always remember is the par-3 9th. It’s a lovely little par 3 and a very testing hole over a lake with the wall behind. It’s on the side of the drive where everyone drives in and sees the hole so it sits very well. If you make 3 here you should walk away very happy."
As mentioned, Close House will be hosting the 2017 British Masters, and it will mark the first time a European Tour event is played at Close House.
"It's great to see The British Masters back on the European Tour schedule and especially the way the event has been run over the last two years, with a focus on an innovative approach and getting the likes of Luke and Poults to host the event. I'm really proud to have the chance to take over the reigns next year and take the event to the North East and Close House. Obviously I'm connected to the resort and while I have a few ideas for the odd tweak to the course, I think it will be enjoyed by the players as it's a bit different to what we play on tour week in week out and the conditioning is always top class."
Lee Westwood on hosting the 2017 British Masters
Lee Westwood Filly Course
Originally built as a nine-hole course in 1964, the now 18-hole Lee Westwood Filly Course is situated in the grounds of the Close House Estate, providing stunning views of the Tyne Valley. The parkland layout was re-designed and re-opened in 2007. It now has 18 USGA specification greens, measures 6000 yards in length and plays as a par 70 from the medal tees. The undulating greens provide a real test for your putting skills, but accuracy off the tee is paramount for good scoring. Having already held PGA professional events the course has proved challenging to golfers of all abilities.
Lee Westwood says: "The Filly is the easier of the two courses so if you don’t want as quite a demanding test, it’s the one for you. It’s a little less undulating but there are still some climbs and falls on it; it’s also a slightly shorter than the Colt. For the higher handicappers, it’s a nice and steady – although certainly not easy – test of golf."
The resort features top-class practice facilities, including an indoor and outdoor driving range with powertees, a putting green and short-game practice area. Be treated to first-class service, including complimentary club and shoe cleaning, as well as bag drop-off.