Step onto the lush green fairways of Close House Golf Club, and you’ll instantly feel the magnetic pull of golfing excellence. Located just seven miles from the heart of Newcastle, this golfing haven boasts two Lee Westwood-designed courses, the North East’s only PGA Academy, and a 16-suite accommodation to elevate your golfing experience.
The crown jewel of Close House is the Colt Course. Set amid the serene Tyne Valley, this par-71 gem is a nod to the Golden Age of golf course architecture. Thanks to Scott Macpherson’s thoughtful design, it weaves through historic features like a Roman Fort, ancient woodland, and Ice Lake, creating a 6,850-yard marvel. While the Colt Course has already earned its place among the UK’s top 100 golf courses, it also shares the limelight with its sibling, the Filly Course. This revamped gem showcases breathtaking River Tyne views and USGA greens. For those looking for a shorter challenge, there’s also a 9-hole Yearling Course.
Close House’s dedication to excellence extends to its membership offerings. Members enjoy a wealth of privileges, including unlimited golf on both the Colt and Filly courses, access to the Yearling Par-3 course, discounted on-site purchases, discounted guest green fees, and more. Furthermore, the PGA Golf Academy and Driving Range offer state-of-the-art facilities to hone your skills, including designated tuition bays, custom-fit suites, and a specialist short game area.
Off the course, indulge in sumptuous culinary delights at No.19 Restaurant, where seasonal menus showcase the finest local ingredients, and an extensive wine list awaits to perfectly complement each dish. The No.19 Clubhouse also offers stunning views of both courses and the Tyne Valley.
Close House Golf Club owes its splendour to Graham Wylie, the co-founder of Sage software company, who purchased the estate from Newcastle University and invested £25 million into the project. The result is a stunning 18th-century mansion surrounded by captivating Northumberland countryside, close to Hadrian’s Wall and the village of Heddon-on-the-Wall.
Accommodation options at Close House include 12 Courtyard suite-style rooms and four Terrace rooms, all impeccably furnished and equipped with modern amenities. For a more private escape, The Lodge and The Pavillion provide luxurious alternatives for groups.
The Colt Course’s reputation as a tournament-worthy course was solidified when it hosted the 2017 British Masters, marking the first time a European Tour event was held at Close House. Lee Westwood himself, the club’s Attached Tour Professional, praised the course as perfect for members and major tournaments alike.
A visit to Close House Golf Club is more than just a round of golf; it’s an unforgettable encounter with the game’s finest traditions, modern luxuries, and spectacular natural surroundings.
So, why not venture into this golfing sanctuary, where the fairways call your name and memories are crafted on each swing?