Berwick-upon-Tweed - Goswick - Northumberland - England

Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club,
Goswick,
Berwick-upon-Tweed,
Northumberland,
TD15 2RW,
England


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Founded in 1890 on links land named Goswick (Goose Farm) by the Romans, Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club, lies six miles south of the Border Town of Berwick, and boasts views of the North Sea and to the south, Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle. It's not known who laid out the club's original course but Willie Park Junior (1903), James Braid (1930) and F.W. Hawtree (1964) have all helped to shape the course that's in play today.

A twisting lane between arable fields reaches Goswick Links between the railway and the dune-lined coastline. The links lie either side of the clubhouse, front nine to the north, back nine to the south. There is little to choose between the two nines, both being equally varied in terrain and challenge.

The 1st rises uphill as a dogleg and is followed by a short 2nd across a chasm. The 3rd is now the longest par four on the course at 437 yards. Exposed to the elements, the challenge on the front nine is variously dunes, out of bounds on 6th and 7th and contoured greens, most notably on the medium length par four 8th.

A long par four – 425 yards – opens the second half, before a par five and the 12th, Pilgrim's Way with a narrow landing area off the tee and a blind second shot.

The mid point of the second half is the most scenic and follows a climb from the 14th green which is surrounded by hills on both sides. A par three follows, and while the finish is only medium length, 16 can deceive after a blind tee shot, 17 requires care, and the fairly short 18th is tempting, but a wayward shot can bring penalty from slope or bunker.

Add the variable of the winds of the East Coast, and quite an experience awaits on a course, which now measures 6,800 yards from the championship tees. In 2018 Berwick-upon-Tweed Golf Club will host Open Championship Regional Qualifying for the first time since 2012.

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Description: Founded in 1890 on 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: 7.9 out of 10 Reviews: 32
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Tom

This is a cracking course which, if it were nestled in amongst others in East Lothian or Lancashire, would be rated far higher I think. It is undoubtedly worthy of being in the English Top 100.

It's a course full of variety (and no little beauty), finishing with a cracking risk/reward short par 4, where many great rounds have been scuppered by greedy drivers no doubt, and was in superb condition. Friendly club and great value too.

January 24, 2017
8 / 10
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Kevin Henley

Super links course in good condition with a great variety of holes and a great risk/reward par 4 18th (I risked, got out of the back bunker and 2 stabbed for a par !!).

REALLY enjoyed the visit which was a warm up for the week at Carnoustie after - and it worked as played OK all week.

Friendly bar - all round nice course and nice Club

September 18, 2016
10 / 10
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Alan
Played it end of March. To be honest I was a bit disappointed. Incredibly nice people and decent value at £30. But I felt the course was a bit ragged and wasn't too impressed by the holes. We were playing off fairly forward tees and to be fair, it looks a different course from the back sticks. But overall it didn't bowl me over.
March 30, 2016
4 / 10
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David Worley
There is no easy start to get your confidence up at Goswick. The opening hole is a real tester. A par four of 392 yards, there is a big dog leg right where out of bounds runs the full length. The green is further away than it looks and is both elevated and tilted from the back.

The par five 6th will also give you plenty to think about. Out of bounds is on the right where there is a line of dunes. Closer to the green are fairway bunkers on the left side. There is a very big hollow in front of the green which is set in the side of a hill.

This is not a course you will enjoy if you are prone to slice. Very thick rough again features on the right on the par four 10th. The par five 11th can be diabolical if you don’t hit straight. Out of bounds runs along the right and there is a wet marshy area all down the left side.

Thirteen is the pick of four par threes. Although the tee is elevated, you are hitting uphill to a green with three bunkers in front and one either side. Fifteen is another good par three, hitting from high up down to a green with water and marshland at the rear.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every English course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
May 03, 2015
6 / 10
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Dan Hare
Played Goswick on a foggy day on the way back down south from two weeks of Scottish links golf, from Machrihanish to Wick. Thus it is no faint praise to say that Goswick was one of our favourite courses, very friendly and outstanding value. Good turf, some outstanding holes, and enough surrounding links land for another two great courses!
April 21, 2014
8 / 10
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Phil B
This is my second review of this course as I have been fortunate to play it on a number of occasions in the last few years.I played this course with a group of friends en route to Scotland on 19/10/2012 after several days of heavy rain. I assured everyone that the course would be in great condition despite standing water being present in almost every field either side of the A1 above Newcastle. The condition of the course was confirmed on arrival, very firm fairways and fast running and true greens, no water on fairways or in bunkers. The greenstaff deserve great credit for keeping this course in wonderful condition.The first thing I noticed was the new entrance and changing rooms which has really transformed the clubhouse. I liked the 'basic' feel of the previous changing rooms but could understand why some people commented on their condition. Not anymore, the improvements are very good and the lady behind the bar advised that other refurbishments are to follow.The course itself is excellent and everyone in our group of 8 golfers agreed that this was a great test of links golf. I don't think this course has a weak hole and every hole is different. The whole layout just seems to be how you would expect a links course to be, two loops of 9 returning to the clubhouse, high dunes and beach on one side and a railway line on the other.I listed my favourite holes on a previous entry so I am not going to go into them here. What I would say is this is a very friendly golf club with a genuine and challenging links course. It represents very good value for money and has a course that is always presented in outstanding condition.Play this course, you will not be disappointed.
October 30, 2012
10 / 10
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nicholas roy
played in March 2012 on a long weekend in the borders/lothians with the lads. played archerfield, muirfield, north berwick & goswick. Goswick is great fun..a super links...weather was sunny but 35 mph winds...goswick really is a special place & cannot recommend it enough. Ok there are perhaps 2 or 3 average holes but the rest of the course really makes up for them (especially the last 5 holes) and a £20 green makes it the best value course i have played. Am heading up there in late august for a week and have already reserved tee time at goswick!
July 30, 2012
6 / 10
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Derek Haswell
I once bought a bag of clubs from a charity shop for £20 and the bag contained a set of mid-size irons, 4 Adams “woods”, assorted drivers and an Odyssey putter. That was the golfing bargain of my life – or at least it WAS until yesterday when I played Goswick Links at the “twilight” rate of £19. I’ll say it again…£19!!! At the weekend!!! And we DIDN’T have to play in the dark!!! If weekend twilight rates are supposed to be an indicator of quality then The Glen is 1.47 times better than Goswick and Dunbar and Gullane No.2 are twice as good. In the humble(ish) opinion of this particular reviewer Goswick offers a more varied, interesting, thought-provoking, challenging and enjoyable game than all three. It is a stonking, genuine links with some cracking holes and very few, if any, poor ones. With areas of lush rough, lateral water hazards, out of bounds (boundary and internal), a number of gentle (and not quite so gentle) dog legs and a sprinkling of cunningly positioned, rivetted fairway bunkers there is plenty to focus the mind from the tee. Arguably the green “complexes” at Goswick aren’t quite complex enough to push the course into the six-ball category; in my experience the truly excellent, six-ball links generally have more dramatic greens with more steep fall-offs, plateaus, swails and hillocks and so on. There are some greens like that at Goswick, just possibly not enough for that elusive six-ball assessment – and Braid, unsurprisingly, made a spiffing job with the natural terrain he had to play with. The Goswick committee may not thank me for banging on about the “twilight” rate (they will want some people to pay the full rate, after all!) but if there is a better value round available in the UK I’ll eat my tartan bunnet. Finally, a quick “shout out” for my old man, with 2’s at the 2nd and 13th – not bad for (almost) 71! Derek, Edinburgh, September 2011.
September 26, 2011
8 / 10
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Phil B
I played this course on 21/6/2011 the day after Open Qualifying had been held there. Our visit also coincide with very heavy overnight and early morning rain. Fortunately this has passed over by the time we played and the course showed no signs of the rain we had just had, other than puddles on the course paths.This is the third time I have played this course and I have to say it gets better and more enjoyable every time I play it. This is a true links course, two loops of 9 going out and back to the clubhouse and using the terrain very well. Something you would expect from a course designed by James Briad.Highlights for me are the opening two holes, a tough dogleg par 4 to an elevated green with OB on the right and a prevailing head wind. Follow this with a lovely par 3 over a large dune and valley before the green and a tee with excellent views all round. Then the tough 7th hole which is SI14(so no shots for me) a par 5 of just under 500 yards with OB all down the right and a wonderful approach to a green that has a deep valley in front of it. Absolutely superb.The greens were not too fast (a result of the rain) but ran very true with some tough pin postions left from the previous days event.The clubhouse has received some disparaging comments but I think it is homely and very welcoming, like many on the Northumberland coast. The pro shop is also very well stocked.I would recommend this course to anyone. A tough but fair challenge, this links course does not beat you up on every hole as the rough is not as punishing as it could be.This is a must play course and is excellent value for money.
June 23, 2011
8 / 10
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Jim McCann

I returned to Goswick sixteen months after first playing here in the winter to see if my somewhat miserly rating of four balls was really justified. I know this visit was made when it was still early season but the course was playing to its full length and in very decent condition.

The holes from 3 to 8 are all pretty challenging, especially the 4th, where I think the narrow green is way too tight, even though I did scramble a par of 5 on it. The long par three 13th was a far better hole than I’d remembered the first time, and it comes in the middle of a delightful trio of strong holes at the most southerly part of the course.

Unfortunately, Berwick-Upon-Tweed Golf Course - photo by reviwerthe punchbowl green of the short 15th is maybe too generous, funnelling half decent tee shots to wherever the pin is placed, and this allowed all four in our group to register a relatively straightforward 3 on the scorecard.

I must say that bunkering throughout the course was exceptional (with obvious signs that a substantial revetting program had been carried out over the winter) and fine examples of these sand traps were found fronting the green of the risk/reward 18th hole.

A couple of maps with old course routings hang inside the clubhouse and they look very interesting indeed – I just wonder if it would profit a modern day committee to review the existing layout to see if the current design could be enhanced by the possible reintroduction of some of the old holes?

Then again, maybe modern day health and safety issues would prevent this happening as there might be too many blind shots brought into play.

I’m awarding 5 balls to average my score over two rounds at 4.5 because that’s the proper score I feel should be given to this course. As I stated before, Berwick-upon-Tweed offers excellent value for the green fee and it truly deserves wide recognition for this.

Jim McCann

April 29, 2011
8 / 10
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