I can only assume that the previous review was submitted by a bitter member of a local club. His comments simply do not reflect the reality that you will find when you visit this course. Unfortunately Northumberland GC has a bit of a historic PR problem locally, with the primary focus less on golf and more on the social standing/calibre of the membership in days gone by. That has all but disappeared now with a younger, more diverse membership but unfortunately the long-held reputation locally is harder to change. In terms of the course itself it is immaculate and in my view there is only one course in the region that provides the same quality on the course and that is the inordinately expensive Colt course at Close House. Northumberland is a much tougher test of golf than the Colt course though, with narrower fairways, less forgiving rough and faster, more undulating greens. The bunkering at Northumberland is also very impressive, both in terms of positioning, sand quality and maintenance. Close House provides visitors with the full bells and whistles visitor experience, but in terms of a golfing test on a quality layout, in my view, Northumberland has no equal in the region. This is evident when Northumberland members play other courses – a handicap from Northumberland travels very well. My own top three standings in this region would be Northumberland, Goswick, Colt in that order.
Date: July 26, 2016