Slaley Hall (Hunting) - Northumberland - England

Slaley Hall,
Hexham,
Northumberland,
NE47 0BY,
England


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Critics have described Slaley Hall as the ‘Gleneagles of the North East’, the ‘Woburn of the North’ the ‘Augusta of the North’ and the ‘Gleneagles of the South’ but it was Golf World which described Slaley Hall as the “Manchester of the North East – every time a tournament goes there, such is the deluge.” Regardless of the weather, the Hunting course at Slaley Hall is a challenging layout, located in a county devoid of many top-notch golf courses.

The Hunting course opened for play in 1989 and was designed by Dave Thomas. The resort at Slaley Hall is now part of the QHotels portfolio, formerly the De Vere Group. It’s a big golf course, carved through a dense pine forest. Rhododendrons and cherry trees provide welcome seasonal colour, but it’s the pines that will punish the wayward shot, for they are predominant throughout the round.

Dave Thomas is renowned for designing unique and interesting holes and he’s done himself proud at Slaley Hall. His bunkering design is masterful. No doubt there was some land to be moved, but he appears to have skilfully used nature’s features effectively, especially the streams on the front nine.

As we have already said, the Hunting course is a big course, measuring over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The layout plays across varied ground, and whilst the majority of holes are park-like in nature, there are some holes that have distinct moorland characteristics with springy crisp turf. Either way, the Hunting has been immortalised by the European Grand Prix, formerly called the Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge, and it’s seen some famous champions, including Retief Goosen and Colin Montgomerie.

There’s an American feel to the course and the resort in general. With plenty of tees to choose from, make sure you select wisely, because the Hunting plays its length. The layout is invariably in good condition and there is absolutely no doubt that the Hunting is one of the better young courses in England.

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Description: Dave Thomas is renowned for designing unique and interesting holes and he’s done himself proud at Slaley Hall. His bunkering design on the Hunting course is masterful. Rating: 5.9 out of 10 Reviews: 15
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duncan douglas
i am a junior member at slaley hall and i must firstly say i am shocked at what the previous review says about the course being 'too difficult', it is a championship course what do u expect???? the course is also the best design in the north and must be doing something right to be linked with Augusta!! The 9th, 13th and 18th are quite possibly 3 of the greatest holes in the north east of england and to say the best players cannot get onto the 9th green in 2 is just rubbish as i know players who hit 2iron, 6iron into the green. i do think the course needs a facelift but this does not take away the shear class the course shows every time i step onto that 1st tee!! i still think it is the best course i have ever played and will be for some time to come!!
July 21, 2007
10 / 10
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Mark Pearce
I've played the Hunting many times and have never enjoyed it. Yes, it's tough but long soggy courses will be. It is not, however, a good design. Some holes are simply too difficult (the 450 yard uphill 9th, where a decent hitter can't hit driver because of the stream crossing the fairway at an angle but then has all of a three wood left, the 12th a par 5 back into the wind with a fairway barely 15 yards wide), some are a bit silly (the 13th (I can't believe someone else thought this was a highlight) has water in the middle of the fairway which can mean playing a 7 iron off the tee to lay up (no, even the pros won't carry the lake/pond) and then a 3/4/5 iron to the green). Indeed the 13th is one of three holes where you will be playing a very high tariff shot with a long iron or wood for your second, having played a short or mid iron off the tee (the others being the 8th, a sharp dogleg (it is possible to blast the ball over the deep forest on the inside of the dogleg, but that brings water into play) and the 18th where a mid or long iron is played downhill short of a steeply banked stream before hitting a long iron uphill off a downhill lie to the green.There are good holes (the 4th is an excellent downhill par 5, the 7th an excellent uphill par 4 with a three level green) but this is, overall, a very disappointing design. For my money the adjoining Priestman course (used when the European Seniors tour visits) is a better course and, importantly more fun.One more warning - like many "Tour Venues" Slaley attracts golfers of mixed ability and etiquette. Expect a slow round.
October 04, 2006
2 / 10
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Keith Baxter
Slaley Hall could be one of the best, if not the best course in England's notheast but it needs a facelift. The ground is perfect for golf with some excellent elevation changes and huge stands of mature pines. The backdrop is spectacular but Dave Thomas's original design is tired. There are some truly magnificent holes and the closing six or seven are amongst the best I have ever seen but there are few bland holes which could easily be spiced up. This is an "as tough as nails" championship test and don't expect to play to handicap otherwise you will be disappointed. They do allow you to play from whichever tee you like which is nice, but it obviously gets harder the further back you go. It's certainly worth playing and the hotel and facilities are really good.
April 27, 2005
6 / 10
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Andy
Modern course built on a great piece of land – plenty of variety here although there is something lacking. The course suffers out of season and does look a little weather beaten at times. There were about 4 holes that I more or less forgot instantly and three of them were back to back from the 10th. After this poor start to this nine, the course comes to life at the 13th and to be honest the last six holes are really good with a big last hole – plenty of drama to end your matchplay games here. Slaley Hall gets a 'average' rating from me, although I anticipated a 'good' prior to playing.Certainly worth a trip but not as good a course as I had hoped.
April 26, 2005
4 / 10
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CA
Slaley Hall has much to commend it. Some of the holes, particularly the 9th are stunning. You really do feel like you are playing at Augusta. Having said that, the course as a whole lacks consistency. Many of the holes are instantly forgettable. Overall impression: overrated.
October 27, 2004
4 / 10
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