18 Northumberland golf courses for anyone inspired by the The Open this weekend

The eyes of the golfing world are focused on Royal Portrush as The Open returns to the Northern Ireland links after an absence of 68 years.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 19th July 2019, 12:45 pm
Goswick, a championship golf course, is situated six miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. It measures a mean 6,803 yards from the medal tees and recently hosted regional qualifying for The Open. Picture by Sky Vantage Productions. Address Goswick, Berwick on Tweed TD15 2RW Website http://www.goswicklinksgc.co.uk/

England’s victory in the Cricket World Cup, together with a wonderful Wimbledon tennis championships, has already revived sporting interest this summer and now, golf clubs in Northumberland will be hoping Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka et al will put on a similar show.

For more information on clubs in this area visit the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs website at www.nugc.org.uk/home.php

Now take a look at some of the courses the county has to offer...

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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is often quoted as one of the most scenic golf courses in Britain and with views of Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands, the Cheviots and of course Bamburgh Castle, the course is one of the most beautiful golfing experiences to be had in England. Address The Wynding, Bamburgh NE69 7DE Website http://www.bamburghcastlegolfclub.co.uk/
Alnmouth Village Golf Club was established in 1869 making it the oldest 9 hole links in England. The course was designed by the famous Scottish golfer Mungo Park, winner of the 1874 Open Championship at Musselburgh. The view from that seventh tee is spectacular with the beach, Alnmouth Bay, the Coquet Island all visible. Address Marine Road, Alnmouth NE66 2RZ Website http://www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk/
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle looming over it, the course is recognised as one of the finest in the area. The first golf course appeared on the links of Embleton Bay in 1900, before being redesigned by the legendary James Braid. A traditional links course, guarded with bunkers and gorse. Address Sea Lane, Embleton, NE66 3XQ Website https://www.dunstanburgh.com/
Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019, Alnmouth Golf Club, Foxton Hall overlooks the splendours of both Foxton and Alnmouth Bay in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It is widely regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the North East of England. Address Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, NE66 3BE Website https://www.alnmouthgolfclub.com/
Originally laid out in 1892 by the legendary Tom Morris, the current layout comprises nine greens, each with two very different tee boxes, providing a true 18 hole experience. Address The Links , Warkworth NE65 0SW Website https://www.warkworthgolf.club/
The championship golf course at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club is one of the most picturesque in the area. Designed by highly regarded course architect Jonathan Gaunt, the par 72 parkland course has wide, undulating USGA specification greens, four memorable yet challenging par 3's and several unique water hazards. Address Longhorsley, Morpeth NE65 8XF Website http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/golf/
With spectacular scenery looking out to the Cheviot Hills over the Glendale Valley and beyond, this 18 tee, Par 72 course occupies the high ground known as Dod Law. Address Dodd law, Wooler NE71 6AN Website http://www.woolergolf.co.uk
The parkland course in beautiful rolling countryside provides a challenging round for all abilities. Address Burgham Park Golf Club, near Felton, NE65 9QP Website http://www.burghamparkgolfclub.co.uk/Home.aspx
Rothbury Golf Course is a picturesque, 18-hole course that nestles in the heart of the Coquet Valley. Address Whitton Bank Road, Rothbury, NE65 7RX Website https://www.rothburygolfclub.com/
The golf club offers golfer’s a stunning 18 hole parkland golf course and invites both members and visitors to sample the warm and friendly welcome that the golf club is renowned for providing. Address Swansfield Park, Alnwick, NE66 2AB Website https://www.alnwickcastlegolfclub.co.uk/
18 holes of tranquil links golf on the coastline, including the signature 165 yard 10th hole across water. Address Beadnell Road, Seahouses, NE68 7XT Website https://www.seahousesgolf.co.uk/
A nine-hole course that can be played as 18 holes thanks to the different tees available. Address South Road, Belford, NE70 7DP Website https://www.belfordgolfclub.com/
Magdalene Fields is the first or last golf course in England depending on whether you are travelling north or south. By the time you reach the signature par three eighth hole (played over a cove) you have a wonderful view of the cliffs leading into Scotland. After the turn, from the tenth there is an equally stunning view of the Northumberland coast with Bamburgh and Holy Island castles clearly in view. Address Magdalene Fields, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 1NE Website https://magdalene-fields.co.uk/
This 18 hole, par 72 undulating parkland course is set within fine mature woodland and offers spectacular views of the Simonside Hills. Website https://www.harrisonholidays.com/our-parks/percy-wood-holiday-park/
Renowned as the 'Augusta Of The North'. The Hunting Course at Slaley Hall is one that should be on every golfer's bucket list. The Priestman stretches away from the resort itself, offering golfers panoramic views of the Northumberland countryside. Address Slaley Hall, Slaley, Hexham NE47 0BX Website http://www.qhotels.co.uk/golf/our-courses/
The championship Lee Westwood Colt course held the British Masters in 2017 and will do so again from July 20 to August 2, 2020,, while the Filly course provides a gentler test. Address Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 0HT Website http://www.closehouse.com/golf/
A superb 27 hole golf course is set out on a classic parkland landscape with challenging water features and unique obstacles, the club is recognised as one of the finest in Northumberland. Address Matfen Hall, Matfen, NE20 0RH Website https://www.matfenhall.com/experience/golf/