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.
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.
Located less than 8 miles from Newcastle Central Station 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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Golf Courses at Close House
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.
|Designed by||Lee Westwood|
|Opened for play||2011|
|Blue||6,813 yards||Par 71|
|White||6,308 yards||Par 71|
|Yellow||5,133 yards||Par 71|
|Red||4,751 yards||Par 71|
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 British Masters
"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 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.
|Designed by||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|
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.
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 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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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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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