Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is of the most scenic links in England!

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Northumberland, England

Overview

The 18 hole layout measures just 5604 yards. Balanced between the two nines, the front measures 2824 and the back 2780 yards.

Uniquely, the round opens with back-to-back par 3's followed by back-to-back par 5's. Of the remaining five holes, two are one-shot holes. That means there are only three par 4's going out! Coming in, there are no Par 5's and only two par 3's.

Risk and reward, half par holes are the name of the game. Of the 10 two-shot holes, only three are over 400 yards.


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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club is known for its stunning beauty with views of Fame Island, the Holy Isle, Bamburgh Castle, and the Cheviot Hills. The little English village's golden age was in the 7th century when it was the ecclesiastical centre of western Europe. A popular tipple in Scotland is Kummel, but here it may just be Lindisfarne Mead.

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club Architectural History

On August 18, 1904, the course opened after Lord Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside donated a clubhouse and funded the construction of the new course. George Rochester, the professional at Alnmouth down the road, laid out the course. An 18 hole affair it was just 4282 yards in length. By 1907, the club acquired more land the course was extended.

In 1910, Bamburgh Castle Golf Club was rerouted around a quarry after it began being mined with the current course taking its present form in 1913. Since then, minor adjustments and changes have been made but the course, in essence, remains the same.

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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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  • Rochester, George

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Northumberland, NE69 7DE, England

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Joe McDonnell & Evalu18 Ltd

Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: 1 - The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. 2 - There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. 3 - There should be little walking...

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