Review for Goswick

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A stone’s throw short of the border near the holy island of Lindisfarne lies Goswick, a tremendous little links course that warrants a stop-off if you’re making the long drive up to Scotland. Goswick is an open qualifying venue, surprising in some ways in that it maybe a little untidy in places around the fairways, but the course comes to life and has the championship feel when approaching the greens, for its bunkering and green sites are first-class.

A collection of dogleg holes come early in the round which seems a little repetitive early on, but there’s enough variation throughout the eighteen holes to keep this course in high regard. The fisherman’s hut beside the side of the tough 6th with a raised banked green adds character, whilst back to back punchbowl greens across 14 and 15 highlights the most enjoyable section of the course.

It’s a course that’s relatively straight forward from the tee with plenty of room available to hit driver, but the green approaches come complete with the full variety of humps, lumps, slopes and opportunities to play off backboards to manoeuvre your ball toward the hole. There are some quirks that I wasn’t a big fan of, the 9th feels like an odd bolt-on hole that’s hemmed in by the driving range, and the internal out of bounds between the 1st and 18th is a little untidy, but don’t let this put you off. Goswick is excellent value for money and plays like and feels like Silloth’s little brother. If only they were allowed the opportunity to expand the course across the dunes that appear nearer to the sea and come into view from the 2nd tee. What a delightful course this could be then.

Date: July 15, 2019

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