Northumberland

The northernmost county in England, Northumberland is also one of the least densely populated regions. It’s a largely rural area that was once at the heart of the industrial revolution when its coal mines fuelled the many emerging industries in other parts of the country.

The Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs oversees the activities of 41 member clubs located between Magdalene Fields in the north and Allendale in the south. Members at three of these clubs – Slaley Hall, Longhirst Hall and Close House – are fortunate enough to have two courses at their disposal.

Northumberland Ladies’ County Golf Association was founded thirteen years after the inauguration of the county union for male golfers, in 1920. Its aim is to promote and encourage golf throughout the county within the framework of the R&A’s rules of golf, the Ladies’ Golf Union and England Golf. Currently, there are 42 clubs affiliated to the association.

Because the county is bounded by the North Sea on its eastern flank, there are a number of fine seaside courses to be found in Northumberland, the best of which is Goswick Links at Berwick-on-Tweed. Inland, the Colt course at Close House and the Hunting course at Slaley Hall are the pick of the parkland layouts.

Our Northumberland Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2017. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Northumberland

Berwick-upon-Tweed - Goswick Links

1st Northumberland - Best in Area

Founded in 1890 on links land named Goswick (Goose Farm) by the Romans, Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club boasts views of the North Sea and to the south, Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle.

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Description: Founded in 1890 on links land named Goswick (Goose Farm) by the Romans, Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club boasts views of the North Sea and to the south, Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle. Rating: 5 out of 6

Close House (Lee Westwood Colt)

2nd Northumberland - Best in Area

The Colt golf course at Close House Hotel opened in the Spring of 2011 and its fairways are laid out over 160 acres of the Tyne Valley with many of the holes sympathetically fitted around existing trees and lakes.

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Description: The Colt golf course at Close House Hotel opened in the Spring of 2011 and its fairways are laid out over 160 acres of the Tyne Valley with many of the holes sympathetically fitted around existing trees and lakes. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

Slaley Hall (Hunting)

3rd Northumberland - Best in Area

Dave Thomas is renowned for designing unique and interesting holes and he’s done himself proud at Slaley Hall. His bunkering design on the Hunting course is masterful.

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Description: Dave Thomas is renowned for designing unique and interesting holes and he’s done himself proud at Slaley Hall. His bunkering design on the Hunting course is masterful. Rating: 4 out of 6

Northumberland

4th Northumberland - Best in Area

Renowned for its firm, fast greens, strategic bunkering and racecourse setting, Northumberland Golf Club has played host to the Dunlop Masters and the English Amateur Championship.

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Description: Renowned for its firm, fast greens, strategic bunkering and racecourse setting, Northumberland Golf Club has played host to the Dunlop Masters and the English Amateur Championship. Rating: 4.125 out of 6

Bamburgh Castle

5th Northumberland - Best in Area

"There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course" wrote Darwin. Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, whilst not long, is fun with a capital F.

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Description: "There is surely no lovelier view from any golf course" wrote Darwin. Bamburgh Castle Golf Club, whilst not long, is fun with a capital F. Rating: 4.3888888888889 out of 6

Alnmouth

6th Northumberland - Best in Area

Located close to the North Sea, the historic Alnmouth Golf Club is the fourth oldest in England. The current course is routed in two nine-hole loops that were laid out by Harry Colt.

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Description: Located close to the North Sea, the historic Alnmouth Golf Club is the fourth oldest in England. The current course is routed in two nine-hole loops that were laid out by Harry Colt. Rating: 3 out of 6

Dunstanburgh Castle

7th Northumberland - Best in Area

Owned by the National Trust but maintained by staff at Dunstanburgh Castle, the links has been used for golf since 1900, when a 9-hole course was first established.

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Description: Owned by the National Trust but maintained by staff at Dunstanburgh Castle, the links has been used for golf since 1900, when a 9-hole course was first established. Rating: 4 out of 6

Hexham

8th Northumberland - Best in Area

Additional land on the Spital estate in Hexham was acquired in the early 1950s, allowing C K Cotton to fashion a new course for Hexham Golf Club on 150 acres of prime parkland.

Ponteland

9th Northumberland - Best in Area

Featuring a good number of strong par four holes, the 18-hole layout at Ponteland Golf Club presents a stiffer golfing test than you might imagine.

Close House (Lee Westwood Filly)

10th Northumberland - Best in Area

The Lee Westwood Filly course at the Close House Hotel has its origins in the mid-1960s when it was initially built as a 9-hole layout for staff and students at Newcastle University.

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Description: The Lee Westwood Filly course at the Close House Hotel has its origins in the mid-1960s when it was initially built as a 9-hole layout for staff and students at Newcastle University. Rating: 3 out of 6