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).
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Lee Westwood Colt Course
Designed by: Lee Westwood
Open for play: 2011TEES
Blue: 6,813 yards
White: 6,308 yards
Yellow: 5,845 yards
Green: 5,133 yards
Red: 4,751 yards
Signature hole: par 3, 9th hole
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.
Lee Westwood Filly Course
Designed by: Lee Westwood
Open for play: Re-opened in 2007TEES
White: 6,034 yards
Yellow: 5,640 yards
Red: 5,150 yards
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.
Accommodation at Close House
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.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Practice Area
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course
- Banqueting Facilities
- In House Restaurant
- In House Bar
- Award Winning Restaurant
- Private Dining
- On-Site Parking
- Tea/Coffee-making Facilities
- Satellite TV
- Wake-up Call
- Direct Dial Telephone
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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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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Close House Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What time is check-in and check-out times?
A - Check-in from 3pm | Check-out from 11am
Q - What time is breakfast?
A - 7-11am Monday - Saturday, 7-10:30am Sunday
Q - What is the dress code for dinner?
A - Smart Casual
Q - What restaurant do I need to book for dinner?
A - No. 19
Q - Is there a range on site?
A - Yes
Q - Are there buggies available to hire?
A - Yes
Q - How many bars are there?
A - There is 1 bar on site
Q - Is there BT or Sky Sports in the communal area?
A - Sky Sports
Q - Is there a charge for car parking on site?
A - There is complimentary car parking