Close House is the talk of the Toon

2016 10 Colt Course The Colt Course 17th hole.

CLOSE HOUSE | COURSES & TRAVEL

Just 15 minutes from the centre of Newcastle and just a short drive over the border into England lies one of the UK’s most exciting and most talked about golf developments - the magnificent Close House.


With Lee Westwood as its attached Tour professional and now confirmed as the host for the 2017 British Masters, quite simply, it’s got the lot: great golf, great facilities, great people and a great location.

You enter along a long, straight, narrow road, flanked by tall trees and inspired by Hawick-born owner Graham Wylie – founder of software company Sage – and his first visit to Augusta National. “I was driving down Magnolia Lane and I thought it was magnificent,” he said.

Read more -> Lee Westwood wants Ryder Cup captaincy

CONTINUES BELOW...

Close House

I had the privilege of playing both courses during my visit to Close House. The Colt Course is the senior of the two and is a quite fantastic track.

Designed by Scott Macpherson, it tips its hat to the famed English golf course architect Harry Colt, the man behind the likes of Sunningdale, St Georges Hill, Wentworth and many distinguished others. The shapes of the bunkers, the rectangular tees and the variety of par-3s all take their inspiration from the English golfing legend.

To say the course holds your attention throughout would be an understatement. No two consecutive holes play in the same direction, so you continually have to recalculate wind direction and strength, whilst the changes in elevation make your yardage calculations all the more tricky.

Read more -> Rules gaffe denies English schoolboy hole-in-one!

CONTINUES BELOW...

The Colt Course 14th.
The Colt Course 14th hole.

The fairways are cleverly designed, too - some are wide, some are narrow - whilst the greens are fast and subtly contoured.

The 13th is a particular standout. You play from an elevated tee down to a massive fairway that slopes down towards what is quite a small, slightly raised green.

Bunkers lurk where the average player’s best hit will likely run out, so taking a line to the right or left of them will give you the best chance at getting tight to the pin.

NEXT PAGE >>>

Prev 3 of 2 Next

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Bryson DeChambeau vows to get better - and bigger - after US Open win
Robert MacIntyre ‘disappointed’ with US Open debut
US Open: Rory Sabbatini just hit the worst putt of all time
WATCH - Pro has SIX-PUTT from four feet at US Open
US Open 2020: Final round tee times

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct way to grip a golf club
Watch
play button
Hold your finish for more compression
Watch
play button
Stop hooking the ball with a weaker grip
Watch
play button
Hold your finish to improve your discipline
Watch
See all videos right arrow