Goswick represents links golf near its very best. An isolated coastal location and unusual holes with stacks of variety, the course is played over fairways with springy turf onto firm immaculate greens surrounded by quite penal bunkers. We were lucky to play on a warm sunny September afternoon where the moderate wind at the start was little more than a gentle breeze by the end of our round.
The golf course, just six miles south of Scottish border town Berwick-upon-Tweed, carried the town’s name until recently and is 2 miles off the A1 motorway. It is separated from civilisation by farmland and the London to Edinburgh express train line with about 8 fast-moving trains an hour. The facilities are homespun and comforting, but must not detract from a golf course which is, in my view, correctly regarded as the best in Northumberland.
After a strange start with a dogleg right around a small corpse of trees to a steep-sloping green, and a testing par 3 into a bowl, the next 6 holes are a breath-taking mix of longer holes, all of which are challenging, the highlight being the long 6th with OOB down the right. The back nine was fun from the ‘top drawer’ with a very special stretch from 12 to 15, and two excellent, more conventional, challenges at 16 and 17. The 18th, a downhill very short par 4 surrounded by bunkers was an interesting risk-and-reward finish, and should leave most golfers with a smile on their face and a desire to return.
Date: September 25, 2020