4 of the Best Stay and Play Venues in the North East of England
One aspect of golf that is ever present is the demand for stay and play breaks, and rightly so. There are few better ways to spend some time away from the reality of everyday life than a relaxing couple of days at a great golfing venue. At Golfshake, we love to do everything we can to provide you with all the best reviews and information about a plethora of venues, to help you get the most out of your golf trip. Using the interactive map on the Golfshake website users can search for golf clubs and resorts using a range of filters. This article will give you a taste of some of the best stay and play venues in the North East of England which have two courses.
Ramside Hall Golf Club
Rated at Time of Publishing – 4.24
Ramside Hall Golf Club is one of the finest resorts in England and offers 36-holes of championship golf. The club features the Prince Bishops’ Course and the Cathedral Course, both of which offer a brilliant test of golf with multiple risk and reward shots. The Prince Bishops’ course has multiple wide fairways, but mixes in plenty of water hazards to ensure that there is still a challenging element. Accessible for golfers of all abilities, this course is not to be missed. The Cathedral Course is set into some beautiful countryside and has many stunning views of landmarks such as the Angel of the North and Durham Cathedral. The hotel at Ramside Hall is an outstanding base for a golf trip, providing luxury and comfort for all visitors. With a range of rooms and suites available, guests are spoilt for choice when personalising their accommodation options.
De Vere Slaley Hall
Rated at Time of Publishing – 4.53
Outstanding golf and luxurious accommodation are very much the order of the day when it comes to Slaley Hall in Hexham. With two great 18-hole courses and a fabulous hotel, this resort has all the makings of a top stay and play venue. The Hunting Course is a challenging yet enjoyable track, where keeping your ball in play is key to shooting a good score. The course played host to a European Tour event several times between 1996 and 2002 with players such as Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood picking up wins. The Priestman Course is a slightly different type of course and heads a little further afield away from the heart of the resort. A more open layout allows you to test your game in what are likely to be more testing conditions than those on its sibling course, but it is still accessible for golfers of a range of abilities.
Rated at Time of Publishing – 4.79
In more recent European Tour history, Close House saw the British Masters contested on its magnificent Colt Course last year. Lee Westwood brought the event to the Newcastle venue and this really highlighted just how good the resort is. Needless to say, the Colt Course is a superb test of golf and offers golfers a taste of what it is like to play a professional standard course. It’s sister course, the Filly, is also a brilliant track. With plenty of well positioned bunkers, the course demands a little thought but is great for players of all experience. The accommodation at Close House is traditional yet modern and is exactly what you would want from a luxury stay and play venue.
Longhirst Hall Golf Club
Rated at Time of Publishing – 4.51
You may not be familiar with the name Longhirst Golf Club and that would be understandable as according to the club’s official website, the venue is “Northumberland’s best kept secret.” Boasting two stunning courses, the club offers 36 holes of magnificent golf with some lush open fairways and picturesque water hazards, particularly on the aptly named Lakes Course. The wide fairways and slightly more generous greens of the Dawson Course, make for a marginally more simple round of golf which would be suitable for all golfers whilst still providing a challenge to regular players. Whilst on a golf break to Longhirst, you would be able to relax in the comfort of the nearby Portland Hotel, which makes for a lovely location in which to recover from the day’s golf.
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