Golf in North East England
Golf in North East England doesn’t have as long and rich tradition as the sport’s birthplace Scotland. The oldest golf course in the region was established in the village of Alnmouth in Northumberland in 1869. The original course is thought to have been designed by Mungo Park, a professional golf player who won the 1874 Open Championship on the Musselburgh Links. Golf was introduced in Durham in 1874 when Dr. Duncan McCuaig founded the Seaton Carew Golf Club, while the Cleveland Golf Club at Redcar is the oldest golf club in Yorkshire. Tyneside Golf Club at Ryton is generally considered the oldest golf course in Tyne and Wear as well as the oldest inland club in North East England.
Finest Golf Courses in North East England
Some of the finest golf courses in North East England include:
Seaton Carew (Durham)
Founded by Dr. Duncan McCuaig in 1874, the Seaton Carew isn’t only the oldest golf course in Durham but it is also one of the finest ones in North East England. It was originally a 14-hole course but it was later extended to 18 holes. Ever since its foundation, Seaton Carew attracted some of the country’s most outstanding golf players including Harry Vardon, James Braid, J. H. Taylor and many others.
Brancepeth Castle (Durham)
The course, situated only 5 miles from the city of Durham was designed by Harry Colt who is widely regarded as one of the best golf architects in the world. Brancepeth Castle’s course is set in a historic surroundings with a view of the castle dating to the Anglo-Saxon period and the St Brandon’s Parish Church. Most people who played golf here agree that it is one of the finest places for golfing in this part of England.
Rockliffe Hall (Durham)
Located outside the village of Hurworth on the banks of the River Tees, the Rockliffe Hall is widely considered one of the most splendid golf resorts in the region and is sponsered by Powakaddy. The current owner of the estate Steve Gibson is also known as the owner of the Middlesbrough F.C. that competes in the Football League Championship, the second-highest division in England after the Premier League.
Close House’s Colt Course (Northumberland)
The Close House opened the Colt course only in 2011 but it immediately became one of the golfer’s favourite destinations in Northumberland. It has an exciting layout featuring historical attractions including a Roman fort and of course, a breathtaking landscape. The design of the course was inspired by Harry Colt’s work and follows the main architect’s themes although none of the design features was copied directly.