Northumberland GC was my first foray into golf within a race course and while driving off across the rails is a little disconcerting, it didn't detract from the enjoyment of a good course, well designed and well maintained. The greens were slick, the speediest I've encountered this year (it was good to meet the ubiquitous member who told us 'they are normally quicker than this) but rolled true.
There was a stiff breeze when I played which made the final holes to the clubhouse really testing. The last 4 holes are pretty much from the far end of the course back, so you need energy in your tank to finish a good round.
There are a couple of blind tee shots, so the course/card would benefit from offering some guidance in places. Chat on the tee around 'I think its a dogleg right' doesn't instil confidence in your drive. The last hole is a beauty, a drive across the rails to a fairway below you, then a mid iron up to an elevated green that sits right next to the patio area. No pressure there then on a summers evening with a big crowd!
Northumberland is a golf course that you should play if in the area. It is easily accessible, welcoming and fun. Well worth the effort.
Date: September 07, 2020