Close House is the talk of the Toon

2016 10 Close House Range The new nine-hole Yearling pitch and putt course is a great addition and a fantastic place to warm-up before your round, taking little over 30 minutes to get round, whilst the practice facilities at the golf academy - one of only four such facilities in the UK to have PGA status - are sensational.

There are indoor and outdoor floodlit hitting bays, where you can also play a clever points-based skills challenge devised by the Close House team themselves to make your practice competitive and interesting, whilst the large short game area is one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time.

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The No.19 clubhouse.
The No.19 clubhouse.

Custom fitting is available, using the Flightscope radar system, with technical video analysis provided through GASP system software. The on-site SAM puttlab, meanwhile, will help you make massive gains with your stroke.

A word, too, for the clubhouse, No.19. A modern, bright, spacious building, it is a great place to relax and unwind either before or after your round. The food is exceptional, particularly the snack menu.

If there’s a group of four of you, I’d recommend buying five or six of these tapas-style dishes and sharing them amongst yourselves.

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What else stands out? The service, for one thing. Everybody genuinely seems to enjoy working there. The staff are all-smiles and nothing appears to be too much trouble for them. I mean that, too.

From the waiting staff, to the people in the shop, to the greenkeepers, I didn’t see anyone who wasn’t smiling and clearly enjoying their work. Little things like that count for a lot.

For a golf break that is just a short drive away and close to the centre of the action in Newcastle - where a great night out is always guaranteed - Close House is an obvious choice.

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