On arrival you are greeted with an old twee clubhouse, land wrapped by yellow whispy grass and rolling pastel green fairways. With only the passing trains to remind you of urban life a feeling of isolation surrounds you as you prepare for your round. As tranquil and bohemian a setting as you can play golf in.
On the day we played the rough was cut back and there was barely a breath of wind, the course however still held a stern test for even the lowest handicappers in our group. Stand out holes were the 2nd, 6th, 7th, 12th and 14th with some stunning views of the sea on many of the back nine holes. The course has fantastic topography throughout from elevated tees to rolling fairway and was thoroughly enjoyed by all 10 of our group.
Conditions wise it was of the highest standard. The speed of the greens were electric for the time of year and some of the more undulating putting surfaces were very tricky. Major kudos to the green staff.
The course is very charming and exquisitely pretty. It’s a stern test and has a mixture of doglegs and elevations. Goswick rightly sits as the best course in Northumberland and is definitely a top 100 golf course in England. However I do take umbrage with other reviews saying it should be a top 100 Uk. It isn’t anywhere near that for me. The par 3s are a little bit of a mixed bag and it lacks the wow factor of some of the 5 ball reviews i’ve given. However I don’t want this to detract from what is a lovely links course in a fabulous setting and one that i’m excited to come back and play again.
Nobody who plays Goswick leaves unhappy no matter what the score.
Date: November 10, 2020