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Nestled in the tranquillity of the Tyne Valley, the Close House estate is submerged in natural beauty. With two golf courses artfully woven into the Northumberland countryside, Close House has become one of the top golf destinations in England. The two Lee Westwood-designed courses, The Colt and The Filly, are the only two in the country to bear his mark, Lee also proudly names Close House as his home club. The Colt is the leading attraction, having previously hosted the European Tour’s British Masters in 2017 and in 2020.
Located less than 10 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and Newcastle International Airport, Close House can be reached easily by anyone in the UK, if travelling from the south of England taking the train to Newcastle is a good option and you will quickly find yourself relaxing in one of Northern England's most spectacular golf and leisure retreats.
The main accommodation at Close House is the stunning country house hotel, a timeless property offering exquisitely appointed rooms and facilities. In 2018, Close House added The Lodge and The Pavillion accommodation options, ideal for small groups, both sleep up to four golfers and offer both privacy and luxury in abundance.
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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.
Signature hole: par 3, 9th hole
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."
Lee Westwood on hosting the 2017 and 2020 British Masters
"It was great to see The British Masters back on the European Tour schedule and especially the way the event has been run over the last few years, with a focus on an innovative approach and getting the likes of Luke and Poulter to host the event. I was really proud to have the chance to take over the reigns and bring 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 was 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."
|Designed by||Scott Macpherson, Lee Westwood|
|Opened for play||2011|
|Previously hosted||British Masters (2017, 2020)|
|Blue||6,813 yards||Par 71|
|White||6,308 yards||Par 71|
|Yellow||5,133 yards||Par 71|
|Red||4,751 yards||Par 71|
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."
Like many golf resorts in the UK, the clubhouse at Close House has everything you need to get you ready for your round. You can sit and grab a coffee overlooking the course and chat about the round to come over bacon rolls. The changing rooms are modern and spacious, the perfect place to prepare for your 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.
The PGA Academy at Close House is an incredible facility where you can practice, get lessons or even get custom-fit for some new hardware. There is also the 9-hole Yearling Course which is perfect for working on your scoring game. The short holes allow you to work on your approach game and putting.
The bays on the driving range are fitted with TopTracer technology so that you can get real feedback on how you’re hitting the ball that day. This technology is also absolutely invaluable for working on your swing and improving your skills.
Close House is one of the best new golf resorts in the UK and Europe in general. The golfing experience here is very difficult to beat. At Close House you can expect one of the best golf trips you have ever had.
|Designed by||Scott Macpherson, Lee Westwood|
|Opened for play||1964, re-opened in 2007|
|White||6,034 yards||Par 70|
|Yellow||5,640 yards||Par 70|
|Red||5,150 yards||Par 70|
Located less than 8 miles from Newcastle Central Station and Newcastle International Airport, you will quickly find yourself relaxing in one of Northern England's most spectacular golf and leisure retreats.
Your golf break at Close House may be motivated primarily by the two courses, but luxury accommodation, fine dining and idyllic surroundings await at the resort's magnificent country house hotel. The 12 Courtyard suite-style rooms and four Terrace rooms are impeccably furnished, ensuring a stay that won't soon be forgotten.
Whether you are grabbing a quick bite after walking off the 18th or sitting down more formally to sample some of the Northumberland region's finest produce, Close House ensures a memorable dining experience. The resort's signature restaurant is No. 19, where highly regarded Head Chef Simon Walsh has made his mark with flavour-packed seasonal dishes made from the very best local produce. The restaurant offers panoramic views over the Tyne Valley.
For those looking for a more private golf break, one of the two new additions to the Close House estate is bound to be a perfect fit. The Lodge is a charming space for up to 4 golfers, a welcoming stone exterior leads into a stylish, cosy interior, complete with its own lounge and kitchen. Also able to sleep up to 4 golfers, the Pavillion is located in the heart of the Close House estate. This luxuriously appointed cottage has an elegant, modern feel, boasting two en-suite bedrooms, an open-plan lounge and a private kitchen. The spectacular views over the Northumbrian countryside make this place extra special.
Had two rooms booked for 4ball did the Sunday Driver the rooms were very comfortable and well equipped
Outstanding Facilities !
8 stayed in courtyard lovely spacious apartments.
4 of us stayed at the lodge, great facilities, curtesy car to pick us up & drop us off when required.
Loved the set-up ... rooms are of exceptional quality and the service is v friendly ... food great too
Our accommodation was amazing and wonderful. We could not fault it. Dinner was also brilliant, good menu well served. Breakfast, however, was a disaster both days. If you go allow plenty of time for breakfast, don't be concerned about what you eat and in what order, something will come eventually although you might not know what it is.
The accommodation is of an excellent standard .All the facilities within the suite were of a high standard. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wishing to stay in the area especially if you are playing golf .
Brilliant accommodation, staff were fantastic taking us to and from the course.
Amazing accommodation, couldn’t ask for anymore.
Absolutely loved this trip…. The colt course is unbelievable and super interesting and challenging…. The best course I’ve ever played, just a shame about uk weather! Filly course not so much …. Definitely challenging but to have first 8 holes pretty much up and down and all par 4s is a little boring… does get interesting in the next 4-5 holes but then goes back to being flat forward and backwards…. Definitely not a £100 summer / £50 winter course at all. Hotel rooms were sensational and spacious, modern and well accommodating. There was only one bar on-site and £6 a pint is far too steep … Taxi rides to Newcastle are ~£30 which isn’t great if you have a big group needing 3-4 cabs ….
Our Courtyard Room was extremely spacious and clean. The food in the clubhouse restaurant was always really good, whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner. Staff were always happy to help. Wasn't much to do in the evenings.
Fantastic accommodation & facilities. Staff were a credit to Close House
Lovely room and welcoming staff. Thank you
1st class couldn’t of asked for any more.
Fantastic overnight stay with dinner and breakfast in stunning accommodation. cant recommend highly enough.
6th time to Close House and it doesn’t fail to deliver Would highly recommend a stay and play
The rooms are the best I have stayed in, a bit more expensive but definitely worth it, . Lovely setting and interesting golf courses . I would say it’s a couples or ladies retreat rather than a lads away place
Rooms are fabulous, everything you need after a round of golf. Food ok but a little disappointed as it didnt match up to the standard of the rooms.
Beautiful lodge and fantastic place to stay. The staff were very professional and welcoming. Somewhere you would definitely return to
Our room was excellent, large, clean, comfortable & very well equipped. The bar was ok as a bar but all meals, including dinner, were taken there & it wasn’t up to it. An all male group of 16 created a terrific din, complete with bad language. Couples & small groups shouldn’t be subjected to that, the hotel needs to find a way of segregating large groups from other guests, particularly at dinner. The menu was short & traditional but cooked very well.
Very warm and friendly, perfect for a short break
Upgraded to the Pavilion!! 1st class !!
Would go back in a minute. Fabulous facility, beautiful rooms, amazing staff and great food.
The room was very spacious and at first sight near perfect, however the beige carpet was very dirty and marked. As we sleep without a Duvet we were very surprised when we removed the cover to find the duvet stained with areas of blood and other substances. The restaurant being a medium walk downhill and not under cover with the risk of slipping on wet leaves. The food itself was of good quality but with limited choice and a breakfast menu which would be surpassed by any of the chain hotels(Premier Inn etc.) it was definitely a clubhouse restaurant and not a premium hotel eating experience.
The courtyard rooms were fantastic with every luxury you can imagine. There are no leisure facilities at all which would enhance your experience totally. The restaurant menu was very limited to what you could have given the amount of money, and the staff were very slow, you could wait at least three quarters of an hour for your starter even when the restaurant was quiet.
Accommodation was superb. Stayed in Portrush and the room was fantastic. Staff were brilliant. Everyone person we met was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was lovely and I’m a particularly picky person. On a night the bar is quiet.
Fabulous place to stay, rooms very big and well presented, food excellent would definately recommend
Fantastic bank holiday weekend in The Lodge at Close House. Accommodation was great, large bedrooms and bathrooms were fantastic. Enjoyed a couple of hours in the hot tub which was lovely too. Food was great and staff in the No. 19 bar were friendly, efficient, made us feel very welcome and we couldn't fault them.
Stayed in the Lodge - excellent for 2 couples with shared lounge and kitchen. Only downside it was too far from the main facilities. However we were given lifts to and from our evening meal
Couldn’t believe how much we payed..in a good way when we saw our room it was the best we’ve had when golfing away
We were lucky enough to stay in The Pavilion, a self-contained house in the grounds suitable for 4 people. The bedrooms were fantastic and the bathrooms sumptuous. There was a small kitchen with a fridge and a lovely lounge area. Fantastic!
It had every thing that I needed. Very impressed.
The overall experience was first class. We are a group of 8 golfers who have been going on golfing trips since 1979 and without doubt the accommodation is the best yet so much so this was our third year.
Lovely place rooms where fantastic and the staff where very helpful. Food was lovely in the no19 and drinks was just as better. Would definitely be booking again in the future!
Great venue ...well organised by Tom (YGT)
Excellent place very friendly and helpful
I thought the Hotel, Golf and inparticular the staff were fantastic The food was marvellous The courses were i good condition and enjoyable I highly recommend this place and will definately be going back David Gallagher
Nice trip close house is a good venue but dealing with your golf travel....never again, once they have your money that's it waste of time asking for anything. No one rings you back and no one can be bothered to ring the venue to sort you out.
Accommodation was first class comfortable large bed gorgeous decor beautiful bathroom
I could not fault it , everything was first class the food and hotel were just what we needed after a great day on the course. Our room was not ready after our game as we finished early and the reception staff gave us a pass to play on the junior par three whilst it was getting extra clean due to COVID. First class service.
Excellent accommodation, nice bar and restaurant. Food and beer prices are reasonable. Thought the prices of buggies were very expensive.
Lovely rooms. Good breakfast. But no bars open and no dinner provided. No local restaurants open on a Monday and hotel unhelpful in finding one. £25 cash each for dinner. Taxi to Corebridge and back cost £50 which hotel refused to reimburse. We were £50 out of pocket and had to travel 15 miles each way to get a meal. Poor service from a prestigious hotel and golf complex.
Standard of accommodation was very high, slight walk to the clubhouse as there is no other hotel facility, but this was no problem. Staff were extremely welcoming throughout and the food was great. Really enjoyed it
Really nice accommodation and perfect for a group of 4. Food was of a high quality. The only downside we experienced was the closure of the bar/restaurant during lunchtime hours due to "staff shortage". This was inconvenient upon arrival. Good service from the golf shop.
Good set up with very good accomodation and helpful staff.
A warm welcome by the excellent staff, food fantastic, rooms are top quality. No complaints at all.
Very nice clean large rooms
Everything was excellent especially the staff. Nothing was too much trouble they were more than helpful they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The bar manager and receptionist particularly stood out.
Our second visit to Close House and definitely not our last. The standard of the accommodation and both golf courses is top notch. Food was absolutely delicious and generous portions. The rooms are fantastic, great bath and shower, the staff were lovely, very professional and they have done a very good job at retaining the friendly atmosphere alongside the stricter social distancing rules. Thoroughly enjoyed it, thankyou very much.
Rooms were excellent , large and luxurious . We had a suite with separate lounge area . Staff were attentive and friendly.
Lovely location ,excellent service , staff were all really friendly and efficient , the food was of a high standard . The rooms were super comfortable
The rooms are excellent, but unfortunately the restaurant and club house was not open so we cannot say what they are like, but Close House staff have invited us back free of charge to experience the service and surroundings of them.
Absolutely first rate facilities. Spacious comfortable room in Courtyard. All worked like clockwork in spite of Covid changes. How pleasant to have staff who help and assist.
Very very enjoyable stay at this excellent facility
Excellent stay in luxurious accommodation, helpful staff in restaurant serving very good food. Golf a great challenge on the Colt course and more forgiving on the Filly Course in contrast. Would highly recommend.
What a wonderful experience, even a fridge to store our own beer and wine. Lovely clean room, with so much space, and a glorious bathroom. One small offering, a great deal of money has been spent on the complicated, and very modern switching system for lighting, but the three options available are simply not well thought out. They are too similar. That is in no way a complaint, you did ask though, so I have been, I hope, helpful.
Only downside was the breakfast was just a bacon sandwich. If we wanted a full breakfast we would have to pay extra.
All I can say is we've been 3 years running and will definitely be back. 1st class *****👍👍🏌️♂️
Brilliant hotel... couldnt have asked for anything better
Great weekend lovely accommodation good golf despite the weathers attempt to spoil.
Excellent stay at an excellent location both in terms of accommodation and facilities more generally. The only less than fully positive observation is in relation to rather high bar prices and for pretty standard drinks.
The room was very spacious and beautifully decorated.a little walk from the main building. Friendly staff and nice food
Stayed in the pavilion,will be back.
The room was incredible, I could live in it! The only issues I had was that I paid for dinner bed and breakfast and was disappointed when we could only have 2 of the 3 courses as I was under the impression that I had paid for 3 courses, also I was disappointed when we couldn’t have the breakfast we wanted without paying extra, for example, we had to pay £7.50 for a full English breakfast and £3 extra for eggs Benedict, don’t think I’d book through Your Golf Travel again for this reason.
High standard. Tastefully done
This is top end accommodation at a very reasonable price.
Top facility, and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. The accommodation is superb with respect space, comfort abf facilities.
4th consecutive visit at this time of year and again everything went perfectly as planned. Stayed in the Wentworth room and again comfort levels excellent.
We were placed in the lodge at the front of Close house. Wow!! Unbeliveable!! The room was huge, kitchen, living room and bathroom all to a very high standard.
Room was very good spacious,comfortable and great furniture and fittings.
Excellent hotel in every department
Lovely room. Terrible service at breakfast as it was so slow and almost missed our tee time despite asking them to hasten.
Accommodation first class, we were in Room 11 and our friends above in Room 12. Very spacious, luxurious and clean, my normal bug bear!!
The hotel and all the staft we could not fault at all. Wonderful venue and value for money. Food excellent.
Great accommodation very well presented. All our group were delighted with the standard of the rooms.
The room was stunning and clubhouse was nice. Shame there was no pool but there was a spa. Bit of a long walk to the driving range area so we didn't bother.
The rooms are up there with any 5* hotel
Can not fault a single person thing. What a great place,great warm welcoming staff, beautiful food, unbelievable accommodation. And superb courses
What an amazing place! Luckily the rain kept off as there is a good trek to the club house from the courtyard when you are dressed ready for dinner but guess this would only affect ladies in heels and anyone who struggles walking. Rooms are the beautifully presented a real treat
Courtyard rooms are superbly furnished and wonderfully spacious. Lovely clubhouse, food was slightly disappointing. Particularly good value accommodation.
Very goo couldn’t fault the rooms Disappointing we had to eat our evening meal in the 18th though as it was a special celebration.
Wow is all I can say absolutely stunning
Difficult to fault but a bit odd and not what we expected. The check in was in the golf shop then we had to go to a different car park a bit away to rooms. We were not in the courtyard but slightly past that area. The room was very well appointed with everything you could want . The room was more like a small apartment as on three levels . It was a little dark and we had no view from small Windows . We never saw anyone there , it was like we were only people staying there. There was then a walk back to reception , golf area to get to bad and restaurant. Lucky it was good weather ! The good was very good but I'm a golf clubhouse setting again not in a normal hotel type dinning room. It was fine but not what we expected . My wife brought clothes to dress up for evening meal but that was pointless as everyone there was dressed in their golf atire. Different and not as expected , I really think it should be described as a GOLF CLUB with separate rooms. This is not really a hotel in my opinion and So a bit misleading. Lastly we thought everything was a bit expensive, Two bottles of water to drink in clubhouse 7 pounds , more than 15 pounds for 2 vodka and cokes and 1 bag of crisps !
Absolutely tremendous venue as well as the magnificent courses a good thing about the accommodation is it has limited numbers therefore in the evening our party of 28 were the only guests in the bar area therefore not disturbing other guests. Great golf society venue
The Accomodation was fantastic, huge rooms and more than ample sized bathrooms, the beds were so comfortable, had a grest nights sleep. I would recommend Close House to anyone.
absolutely 1st class
The pavilion was a great place to stay with it being situated in the middle of the golf course so much better than actual hotel rooms the cottage was amazing .
Did go and look at this accomadation and it was superb, all be it a bit of a walk or a short drive from the 19th. With two double bedrooms and a kitchen diner and open plan lounge it would be perfect for two golfing couples who could enjoy the late ecening views from the terrace across the course.
Though I didn’t stay in the lodge, it was reported to be of the highest quality though only accessible via chauffeur driven BMW, (life’s hard).
The quality of the accomadation in general was excellent, however after a long days Golf it is a walk up the hill to get to your room from the 19th hole & you’re not inclined to do it too often!
These rooms are definitely 5 star very comfortable with facilities to suit. The staff and the food were excellent with a varied menu to suit everyone of us. Definitely recommended.
Enjoyed my stay room was really big . Not a lot to do if my wife a non borer had gone.
WE were 'upgraded' to the Courtyard rooms which were very special. Staff were very unintrusive and very efficient. The food was good and plentiful, but breakfast took a long time being served. I'm pleased we weren't in the Lodge because it was a long way from the bar/restaurant (although the Lodge's rooms and facilities looked equally as good as those in the main accommodation block).
The hotel rooms are exceptional for a golf resort The bar and restaurant although not busy this stay were once again welcoming with excellent food. Tom one of the team behind the bar recognised us and welcomed us back, that makes the difference customer service at its best
Fabulous accommodation the rooms are huge. Wonderful bathroom with roll top bath and large shower and lovely underfloor heating. Great setting too.
Unbelievable rooms I’ve never stayed in rooms this nice. All staff were extremely helpful and could not of been more accommodating.
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I think hard isn’t the best description it’s somewhere in between average and hard but yet again very enjoyable. A chance to open the shoulders and have a go. Course condition was very good for time of year. Played off yellows!!!!
Enjoyed the challenge of trying to avoid bunkers and making you think about ur tee shot
Due to frost and snow the course was closed 🥲
Great course but fairways were a little ropey !
A bit featureless really, interesting hole up the hill,ought to be a little more testing.
Every hole was interesting & challenge with good greens.
Tougher than it looks ... great alternative
Early in the season and v windy ... proper challenge ... loved it
Interesting and challenging course with good views. We had a buggy bit had to stay on the paths - big mistake!! Lots of extra walking.
Pleasant course. Pro shop has nothing for ladies! Staff were good.
To play on this course was an enjoyable experience and you fully understand why the British Masters has been held here. For the average golfer I would recommend a buggy as it is hilly in parts. Would recommend this course to anyone.
A very enjoyable experience at the time we were playing the greens had just been bore holed and sanded. The setting is good and there are a couple of challenging holes.
Difficult course but brilliant experience to play .
Nice course in its own right in great condition.
Boring course. Backwards and forwards for most of it. Great condition though for winter is the only positive
Best course I’ve ever played…. Interesting holes from the first to the last.
Very impressive course, 18 holes which each feel different from any other hole that you play on the course. Despite the course playing soft given the time of the year, it remained it pretty good condition. Some very challenging holes that involve fairly blind tee shots from the back tee box, but a great experience. Would love to return and play this course in the Spring/Summer.
The course was fairly forgiving, however given the time of the year, not in great condition. The fairways had been left long and the greens were both fluffy and slow. Some interesting and signature holes and I'm sure in Spring / Summer the course would play much better.
Nice course not a patch on the first very wet under foot
Greens were very good just a little slow due to winter but the course an views another level
We played off the yellow tees & thoroughly enjoyed the course. Would have been a lot harder off the white tees. Great condition & excellent greens.
Well laid out course, with well positioned hazards. Green were in excellent condition for the time of year.
Nice parkland course . Enjoyed it very much.
Very windy so maybe not a fair reflection. Hilly and a few blind shots which surprised me. Some lovely holes
For a 17 handicapper and aged 65 this was a hard but fantastic course. in hindsight i would have hired a buggy due to extremely hilly terrain. Greens absolutely amazing..a must play for all golfers, but hire a buggy.
For November the course was ok, extremely muddy fairways but enjoyable round of golf.
A challenge in the wind Greens in amazing condition given the heavy rain Fairways in excellent condition a real credit to the course management team I only wish my golf was as good as the course
Given the recent heavy downpours the course was well maintained and played well The greens were very good considering the wet weather
Flat after playing the hilly Colt - good to have the variety
Luckily it was not windy - have played it in the wind and it’s a very different story
This was a disappointment experience, the course is mainly flat and dull and when we got the 7th it and the 8th where shut not informed of this when checking in very poor customer service, the whole experience just didn't feel welcoming or special plus over £10 for a coffee and a pint of lager left a sour taste
Very slow, waiting each shot. Course layout great, good test of golf.
Enjoyed playing the course, some lovely holes with character. A little slow at times.
Enjoyed the golf course. Well kept and a good challenge of golf. Glad we hired a buggy both days as there would have been quite a few climbs
This is a harder, more challenging course altogether than the filly. It would provide a good test for even lower handicap golfers.
A straightforward, playable, parkland course. Better signage to the 9th & 10th holes would be helpful but, otherwise, no great difficulty.
Quite hilly but amazing green complex’s. very enjoyable
A good opening course. Quite short in length but still challenging
Although drizzling with rain…sill very enjoyable!
Not as good as the Colt course. Fairways not in the best conditions, nice greens but you could have been playing anywhere. If anyone is interested in playing Close House, would advise to okay this course first.
Really enjoyed this course, really challenging, fantastic condition and stunning views.
Unfortunately Shirley my playing partner was feeling unwell so only I played the course and our third day we cancelled.
Unfortunately one of the club professionals who was running late took a golfer for an on course lesson over the first nine holes causing us to wait before every shot as they practiced with several repeat shots. The course also had a 5 ball playing in front of us slowing play down on the back 9.
The Colt course is excellent, quite tough and hilly. A buggy would be advised but at £40 a round for visitors & £25 for members is well over the top.
The Filly course is relatively flat and not as long as the Colt but well worth playing.
Absolutely stunning course. Played off the whites so made it challenging but it was a beautiful course to play. The condition of the course was brilliant and the scenery was amazing.
Quite short which was fun going for the greens off the tee (didn’t hit one). It was in excellent condition overall.
Great course, play off white tees and it will be a real test.
Good test of golf as a warm up for colt course
We payed off the yellows but should have used the whites as it’s a bit short off the yellows . It’s in great condition and has some quirky holes but you wouldn’t pay £200 a round ! Great if you get a package deal. You need a buggy , it’s a bit spaced out .
Very hilly course, very challenging, green quicker than the Filly course. Beautiful views, very pretty course, with lots of interesting holes.
Really nice course, quite flat, with a few challenging long par fours. Greens were a bit slow when we were there but weather had been wet before our stay.
Definitely a buggy course, with plenty of steep gradients and elevations. Views are stunning. The layout made for challenging holes all the way round. A course to play more than once. Loved it
Well laid out with features on every hole to give it definition and a fresh challenge. Perfect warm up for the Colt course.
Lovely course great view from high up to overlook it all, will recommend a buggy for this which we used as we had already played golf the last two days but still recommend it as it’s very hilly
Tee boxes where starting to overgrow in some areas and the greens had a lot of pitch marks that were left without repairing but that’s down to the individuals playing the course and having bit of courtesy for others, course was still good
I would say this is the easier of the 2 courses and not quite as pretty, but we still enjoyed the course very much. It was less picturesque but still a challenge. Would highly recommend this course too, although had we not had a package, I don't think we could have afforded to play at Close House.
This is the harder of the 2 courses, but soooo interesting. Every hole was different and the greens were lightning. It was a massive challenge, but loved every minute of it. Fantastic views. Absolutely brilliant!
Easier course as a lot flatter.
The colt course was difficult but enjoyable.
Every bit as difficult as the Colt probably not as interesting but a good test and in good condition.
Good course with a varied arrangements of holes helps keep the interest flowing.
Course was in lovely condition fairways and greens where tremendous on the colt course! Played 2 rounds on there. Bit tricky with bunkers place!
Very slow going but excellent Course
Cannot fault it excellent from arriving at reception, from the staff to the fantastic course. Would recommend a buggy.
Filly nice course
Great course we had very wet weather
Really enjoyed this course we got round prety quickly as a number of parties let us through Love to play it again
Enjoyed the course We got round fairly quickly as we were let through by a number of oarties in front of us
Much easier course Lots of bunkers not all in consistent condition. Enjoyed the generous flat fairways
Difficult course have to keep to the fairways did get some very lucky bounces as the course was so dry. Green moderate pace expected them to be quicker
A very challenging but top draw course, get a buggy if you struggle with hills my son waltzed around but I was knackered. Still the best course I have ever played on and the views fantastic. The package price we payed for our break was excellent value for money.👍🏌🏿♂️😎
Very challenging as bunkers all over and you have to plot your way around. Course guide invaluable if you have never played there before.
Slow round in buggies, a lot of other people were walking the course. Excellent condition, and interesting layout.
Thoroughly enjoyed the course playing off white tees, fantastic layout, in excellent condition.
More open and forgiving than the Colt but the two courses complement each other well. Very enjoyable a fair challenge. The golf staff were very accommodating in getting us out as early as possible after the final Pro Am time and pace was reasonable.
Great experience playing the Colt, fair but a challenge in lovely sunny conditions. Fairways and greens were immaculate.
I’d been looking forward to this for months and almost didn’t think it could live up to my own hype. I was wrong, it surpassed all my expectations. Great layout, immaculate condition and such a great use of the landscape for an interesting mix of holes. Some championship courses are just long and overpower the average golfer, but off the yellows this was a fair test with plenty of opportunities to score. Would happily go back and see how it compares off the whites. Loved it.
Course was in great condition, greens were a little on the slow side but it was a Sunday afternoon so perhaps they’d grown a bit during the day. Really nice mix of holes and really enjoyable
Fantastic golf course in immaculate condition. Easy walking in contrast to the Colt. Would definitely come back to play again.
superb course in great condition. Very hilly so buggy required. Great variety of holes and a great but fair test of golf.
The course looked to be in good condition but the greens were slow and not that true, however, it was November but surprisingly the Filly course had better greens to put on. The fairway were extremely wet and we lost balls that landed on the fairway and next to greens on 3 occasions. Would go back and play again from the spring onwards
A little lacking in character. Some good holes but not a such a test. Green were good fro the time of year.
Great test of golf, greens excellent, can't praise it enough, one of the best courses l've had the pleasure of playing. A must for all golfers.
Considering it is the end of October, the course was in very good condition. Fairways in places were a bit wet, but that's not the fault of the green keepers, it has been rather wet of late. The greens were excellent, true and reasonably fast, no complaints from our group.
Top quality course
Nice course for the time of year
VERY hilly, wont rush bck to play this course, surprised lee westwood put his name to this, maybe expected to much, was very disappointed
Very enjoyable, nice layout, some very good holes
Loved this course! Very different some holes quite challenging but overall extremely enjoyable.
Great little course for day one to start your break.
Would give this course 6 stars if I could!
Superb condition , superb course . We had an amazing day and the weather was very kind to us ... enjoyed playing a top course and having been a spectator at the British Masters was great to play the course and see how difficult it was. Choose the correct tee box for your group! Be aware it’s a good old walk but well worth it. Green staff were polite and friendly. Will definitely be back to play the course again.
Really enjoyed the Filly course. For the time of year was in excellent condition. Lots and lots of bunkers ! Ideal warm up to the Colt course the following day. Green staff polite and friendly .
A very well presented course with excellent greens .although flatter and shorter than e colt it is a really pleasant and interesting course. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable round
This a top quality course , which is in places hilly .the views are spectacular and the golf course immaculate. I would highly recommend this course
First game back from a 9 month hiatus so we pleased with the test and our play. The course is a good blend of challenge and reassurance. For a first game a good start.
This course is a lot easier than the colt and a lot flatter, it is easy to walk, and pleasing on the eye.
This is a tough course the greens were fast and tricky and worth a visit.
A number of parkland holes but some more exciting terrain too. A great mixture and very well maintained.
We decided to abandon at 14 because we were soaked through but really enjoyed the challenges. We’ll be back.
Very windy day but the course was amazing
A great course well presented
Whilst it felt a little easier than the colt, once again the fairway bunkers were mostly in play, and had to be considered. Most greens were well protected, and in good condition, if a little firm. I understand why though, as I often repaired several pitch marks for previous groups. All in all, we will be back!!
A tough test of golf, the blow of which is cleverly lessened by the thoughtful placing of the tee boxes, thus bringing fairway bunkering into play for all abilities. The greens were large and true, and they fooled me many times. Hard to get at as well. The practice green however was way faster than the course, which is not helpful. All in all a great course.
This course was in much better condition than the other one.
Most of the Bunkers were not raked with footprints everywhere.
One of my favourite courses. Changed quite a bit over the years but still got a lot of the old course I played many times years ago. Fantastic
Challenging but good
Another great course... great layout and some difficult holes ... good test of golf.
Fantastic course .. even in the winter... great to experience a world class european tour course.
2nd time played this course really enjoyed it if anything damper than filly
disappointed 7th 8th closed on day course was not slippery underfoot
See comments re Colt Course as same apply here.
Thoroughly enjoyable couple of rounds on both the Colt and Filly courses which were in really good condition especially when taking into account the weather!
This course is very hilly we only played 9 holes because the wind was too strong. But will go back in the summer.
Although the weather has been bad the course was in very good condition.
He'd up behind a two ballthen a slow 4 ball
Couldn’t play it as it was closed but got a voucher to use before 31st March 2020.
Amazing, my husband loved it, the storm didn’t effect us too much other than the wind on the higher holes.
Great front 9. Back 9 more standard
Lot of winter adjustments with length and tees but otherwise excellentb
This is a good course to compliment the PGA tour standard partner. I wouldn't hesitate in playing this course again. 6, 7 and 8 are joyful holes to play.
I've marked the greens down because it was February so I'm being a bit unfair perhaps. Overall, it was in great nick for Winter time.
Course is well maintained, well layed out. We played off the yellows as the weather and course was wet under foot, it was a good decision as off the whites and if the bunkers weren't GUR the course is defo a challenge. Some cracking holes and superb scenary.
Course is well maintained, well layed out. We played off the whites and the whole group whom have a handicap range from 6 to 25 managed to put in a decent oerformance.
The perfect challenge for mid to low handicap players. Course was excellent given the poor weather conditions 48hours earlier. Only one hole out of play due to weather but this didn’t spoil the enjoyment The compulsory 10mins at the half way house keeps the pace of the round perfect. Finishing with a birdie was a fitting end to a perfect break Will be back for our fifth visit in 2020
Course although slightly damp played really well I wish I could have said the same about my golf. Pace excellent and the greens ran true even with a slight dusting of sand Good start to our stay
One temporary green on the course but the rest were amazing. Slightly disappointed that the driving range was closed due to grass cutting. The course is much tougher than the filley but still a course that high handicappers can score well on.
The Filley course was well kept considering the amount of rain that had come down the few days before. Greens were exceptional as were the fairways.
Enjoyed this flatter course with good layout and greens Again slower than could have been due to fourballs not letting faster groups through
It had been very wet so difficult on a hilly course with difficult underfoot conditions Slow due to four balls not letting faster groups through.
Did have buggy on this course, unfortunately had to keep to the paths. Did spoil the round i.e.: club selection and distance difficult for me to judge.
Again greens were poor
Course was nice but greens very poor also would have helped on some holes if there was a map of the holes as some blind shots from tee
Delighted to have opportunity to play on this course and amazed at how well it dried out enough to allow play.
Thoroughly enjoyed our game, considering the terrible wet weather, course very good so well done groundsfolk.
Again only Roger played, but was certainly a nice experience having played on such a exceptional course. Would love to play again!
Only Roger played, but I went round in buggy. The course was excellent in all areas.
Our group handicaps range from 7 to 24 and everyone enjoyed the difficulty but fair test. One downside was the sand in the bunkers which we found to be rather compacted
Our group handicaps range from 7 to 24 and everyone enjoyed the difficulty but fair test. One downside was the sand in the bunkers which we found to be rather compacted.
Very very slow round stuck behind women. We went into a 5 ball as group in front did as well but marshal told us off lol
Tricky pin positions not 1 putt was straight.
Buggy a big help as the course is hilly in parts, but a very enjoyable course to play
Nice course for walking round,
Wow, highly recommend and beautiful views. Greens are like snooker tables. Fantastic condition. Only thing i can fault was my own golf 😂
Better doing the filly first to get you warmed up for the colt the next day. Flatter and easier. Green are great. Course perfect
I love this course it is one of my favourites, it’s a challenge but one where you feel it is possible to score. Greens are tricky but run so well. Love it!
Played this 3 years ago and it wasn’t one of my favourites but it’s really come on since then. Excellent halfway house with clean facilities. Wasn’t actually keen to play again after first time but would happily play again now
Good championship layout set on the beautiful Tyne valley hillside. Tough but fair test of golf. Buggy is useful, because there are a number of steep climbs. I look forward to returning for a third visit.
Enjoyable course with a number of interesting designed holes, particularly on the higher part of the course. Gives higher handicapper a chance.
Enjoyed this course more manageable than the other for us oaps
It was in amazing condition you can tell why they play the masters here and y it is returning for 2020
Corse was in amazing condition we teed of at 12 and there was no one in front of us and no one behind us so it was a nice relaxing round
A flatter course and easier than the Colt. I'm great condition . Way too busy and four hours for 14 holes not acceptable. We have up at that point as we were fed up waiting every shot and had a long journey home to follow.
Extremely busy but we were lucky not to be following a party so fine. Course extremely hilly and as we are older we would never have managed it without a buggy which is quite expensive at 35 pounds. Greens were very good although very tricky.
A very nice course a lot flatter and open then the Colt, a good course for the second day. To top it of we met Lee westwood in the car park, great guy
A tremendous course a real experience and I'm looking forward to seeing it on TV during the British masters
Excellent layout not long but demanding
Great test for any standard of Golfer. Hilly with quite tight fairways, one or two querky holes but very enjoyable to play. Loved it!!
The course was in fantastic condition for this time of year (end of April) the greens were not as fast as i expected but i suppose they cant cut them too short because there is still a chsnce of frost. But overall Great! No complaints.
totally different course to the colt but enjoyed the round ,
loved every hole on the course ,one of the best if not the best ive played
As it’s a very hilly course wouldn’t want to tackle it without the buggy’s
Great course lay out green had just been holotined but still wakes us want to come back next year
As with the filly greens were sanded, though quicker. You could see in peak condition it would be a superb course and challenging were you to attack the pin positions.
Unfortunately the greens had been heavily sanded and cored, the forecast rains had not arrived and hence the greens were in poor condition and woefully slow The course is pretty and not overly challenging, would be good to play it when in good condition
Having been told the filly course was hollow tinedwe expected it , but was very disappointed as a group on whole that the colt course was in the same state, we wouldn’t have used this venue if we knew this Regards Jason
Nice course pretty open
Everything at close house was 5* Your golf travel had booked us in on the same course twice when we asked for colt on the morning and filly in the afternoon luckily close house sorted this for us... nearly a 4 unhappy golfers
Tough in places this course was in good condition,the greens were a little inconsistent but fair. Definitely a one to play in the summer months.
Good course and in good condition for February. A good challenge for all inspiring golfers.
Not as good as the colt course very open. If you can hit it straight no problem this course. Heard a lot of fours being shouted.noticed a lot of pitch marks on greens . Mentioned this in club shop.
Enjoyed this course .A lot of shot shaping and blind shots.As I was on my own got waved through several times really good.
We played off the white tees as this was a shorter and flatter course and it played slightly easier than the Colt off yellows. As with most courses played for the first time, hindsight would've made it a more enjoyable experience. If I went back I would buy a stroke-saver for each: a simple distance measurer wasn't sufficient.
We played off the yellow tees as it was winter and the ball wasn't running, therefore my rating of average for difficulty. if new to this course I would recommend buying a stroke-saver - simple distance measurer not sufficient
This course is challenging for the average player like myself The course was once again in pristine condition and although wet from the early morning downpour played very well The green keepers and ground staff do an unbelievable job to keep this course in the condition we found it after heavy rain. Even the MD of the place took time out to ask if we had enjoyed our time what more can you say
This stay there was a club event in front of us which resulted in particularly slow play as all 4 players were adamant they would putt out. They didn't allow us to play through as the two other four balls ahead we're involved in the competition as well. Apart from the length of the round time wise the course was excellent and greens in very good condition
Preferred this course much easier walking yet still a challenge. Great condition even in late October. Fantastic
The rough was really tough as were the greens even after heavy rain they were still really quick.
The Filly is a great little golf course , a lot flatter than the Colt but that’s a welcome break from the hills of the Colt. Some of the pin positions were difficult to make up for how short the course is. Overall though a great course
Although this is there main golf course the front 9 is very average, however the course really comes into its own from the 11th onwards
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