Close House is a high-end golf course hotel with luxury accommodations and refined dining on the 250-year-old estate. It is the premier golf resort in the North East of England near the regional hub city of Newcastle. The estate is found in the Northumberland Valley on the banks of the River Tyne.
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The Close House resort is home to the Lee Westwood Colt Course, Filly Course and 9-hole Yearling Par 3 course. The course has been the home to the British Masters from 2017-2020.
Close House Lee Westwood Colt Course
Scott MacPherson began designing Close House in 2007 and describes the style as Old English. The routing makes the most of the site's natural features and hallmarks. For example, the Ancient Forest to the left of the first hole, the old Roman fort on the 11th, the lake on the 15th, and the HaHa Wall and Ice-Lake on the 18th.
Lee Westwood Filly Course
The 18 hole course is Colt's little sister. Measuring just over 6000 yards, the par 70 course played to be enjoyed rather than to test. The undulating greens are built to USGA specs. The Filly Course was re-designed and re-opened in 2013.
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...