If you are an avid fan of the ‘Royal and Ancient’ game, there are a number of very compelling reasons why you should visit the Scottish Borders and Northumberland - over 60 fantastic courses; top quality golfing; special green fee rates; spectacular scenery; and warm friendly hospitality. All in all - a really rather perfect golf destination!
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options. Experience challenging PGA Championship courses, enjoy the raw natural beauty of a coastal links course, or delight in the lush sweeping fairways of the many parkland courses scattered across the area.
For many, ‘links’ golf is the most pure form of the game. It represents where it all started over 500 years ago on the links at St. Andrews, the world’s oldest course. In Northumberland, you’ll find an abundance of courses which hug the outstanding heritage coastline allowing you to sample true links like Goswick, Warkworth, Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, nestling just yards from stunning sandy beaches. And just an hour’s drive from many of our properties are some of Scotland's most famous links courses including North Berwick, Gullane, Muirfield, Archerfield and
Dunbar. Seen as a unique and invigorating experience, why not test your skill and creativity against the natural elements of a links game!
Both the European and Senior golf tours hold regular events in Northumberland, and if you head inland you will find an array of challenging courses, award-winning parkland tracts and championship courses such as Slaley Hall and Burgham Park - host of the PGA North Region Championship. At Slaley you will find 2 championship courses, including ‘The Hunting’, an outstanding par 72 course, where well placed bunkers and tricky greens are sure to present some memorable golfing moments.
Celebrate......or perhaps commiserate in the Claret Jug at the 19th hole!
Across the Tweed, the Scottish Borders boasts some outstanding 9 and 18 hole courses and is known for having some of the friendliest golf clubs in the country. Each has its own very unique features, but all offer an irresistible mix of relaxed scenic courses and fantastic playing experiences. The area includes two iconic venues - The Roxburghe near to Kelso and Cardrona near to Peebles, both designed by Ryder cup player and world-renowned course architect Dave Thomas who created the famous Belfry.
The Roxburghe, a venue for the PGA European Tour Qualifying Tour, is a first-class championship course owned by the Duke of Roxburghe. Set amidst a beautiful parkland setting, it is a ‘must’ for any golf enthusiast. Its signature hole is an unforgettable par 5 called the Viaduct, described by Sam Torrance as a ‘beautiful hole in a glorious setting’. Why not pay a visit and experience its generous greens and deep bunkers while attempting the course record of 66 set by Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia!
Every course has features that will remain with you: the 'Stank' at Kelso, 'Everest' at Minto, or the 6th at Eyemouth, voted Britain's most extraordinary golf hole - a formidable par 3 played across a vast cliff-top gulley with the North Sea waves crashing below! Enjoy hidden gems like The Hirsel with its tricky water hazards; experience the rich golfing heritage of Hawick founded in 1877 where Nick Faldo holds the course record; or pay a visit to the picturesque course at Duns founded in 1894. Cardrona, the newest addition to the Borders, sits in the breathtaking beauty of the rolling Border hills along with Peebles which skirts the River Tweed and offers the perfect setting for a leisurely game.
So.......come, play, enjoy and ‘Haste Ye Back’!
There is some great value golf to be had in the area with green fees starting from as little as £10 per round (Duns - Friday Visitors Rate). For short breaks or longer stays, a golf passport represents terrific value for money and is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the area’s best courses at heavily discounted rates.
The Northumberland Golfing ‘Parsport’ costs £59.00 and allows visitors 3 rounds of golf at 8 participating courses including Alnwick Castle, Magdalene Fields, Dunstanburgh Castle, Rothbury, Seahouses, Burgham Park, Wooler and Percy Wood.
A large number of local courses have a PGA Professional on-hand to offer tuition. This can take various forms from one to one tuition to a group lesson. There are also specialist days available, usually limited to six people and focusing on one area of your game. These include specialist putting schools, chipping schools and a unique 'guaranteed to cure your slice school'!
Organised Tee Off Times
Many courses now offer on-line booking functionality which means that tee-off times can easily be arranged in advance. Please plan your golf itinerary well ahead and book a slot, particularly during busy weekends and peak holiday periods. Any questions can generally be answered by the resident golf pro, including things like dress code, equipment hire and course protocol.
As well as the practice facilities offered at each of the courses, there are a number of dedicated golf driving ranges in the area which will allow you to practice your swing and polish a few of those rough edges!
Meadowfield, Galashiels (17 bays) - Tel: 01896 752413
Mounthooly, Nr. Jedburgh (16 bays) - Tel: 07801 398800
Putton Mill, Duns (12 bays) - Tel: 01361 884433
N1Golf Centre, Morpeth (15 bays) - Tel: 01670 519090
Northumberland Golf Courses
Boggle Hole, Bellingham, Northumberland, NE48 2DT
Longhirst Hall, Longhirst,, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3LL
Magdalene Fields, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1NE
Whitton Bank Road, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7TR
Dod Law Doddington Wooler NE71 6AN
Allenheads Road, Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 9DH
Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, Northumberland, NE66 2BE
Marine Road, Alnmouth, Northumberland, NE66 2RZ
Swansfield Park, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2AB
Dudley, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 7QP
The Hall, Backworth, Shiremoor, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE27 0AH
Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7DE
Acorn Bank, Hartford Road,, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 6AA
South Road, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7HY
Goswick Beal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2RW
New Delaval, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4DB
Nr Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 8QP
Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, NE15 0HT
Embleton, Alnwick , Northumberland, NE66 3XQ
Greenhead, Nr Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9JR
Spital Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3RZ
Longhorsley, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 8XF
Matfen, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE20 0RH
The Common, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2BT
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, NE64 6DW
53 Bell Villas, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9BD
Eastwood Park, Prudhoe-on-Tyne, Northumberland, NE42 5DX
Beadnell Road, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7XT
New Ridley, Stocksfield, Northumberland, NE43 7RE
Tyne Green, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3HQ
Scottish Borders Golf Courses
Hardens Road, Duns, TD11 3NR
Gunsgreen House, Eyemouth, TD14 5DX
Ladhope Recreation Ground, Galashiels, TD1 2NJ
Vertish Hill, Hawick, Roxburghshire, TD9 0NY
Kelso Road, Coldstream, TD12 4NJ
Leithen Water, Leithen Road, Innerleithen, EH44 6NL
Dunion Road, Jedburgh, TD8 6LA
Golf Course Road, Kelso, TD5 7SL
Whitaside, Langholm, DG13 0JR
Galashiels Road, Lauder, TD2 6RS
Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, TD8 6TZ
Dingleton Road, Melrose,TD6 9HS
Hawick, Roxburghshire TD9 8SH
Kirkland Street, Peebles, EH45 8EU
The Roxburghe Hotel
Helton, Kelso, TD5 8JZ
The Hill, Selkirk, TD7 4NW
Braeheads, St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0DE
Edinburgh Road, Galashiels, Tordwoodlee, TD1 2NE
West Linton, Peeblesshire, EH46 7HN