The Course

 

Goswick, a championship golf course in every sense of the word, is situated six miles south of the beautiful and historic town of Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, on the east side of the A1 and an hour from Newcastle and Edinburgh. This Northumberland golf course measures a mean 6,803 yards from the medal tees, is rarely affected by the weather and is playable all year round from dedicated tees to full greens. All this set in the most stunning coastal scenery in Northumberland – a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Your visit to this superb gem of a Northumberland Golf Course will be fondly remembered.

Hole 1 - Copse Corner

Hole 1

The opening hole runs eastwards to the sea. The copse is one of the few groups of trees on the course and lies at the elbow of a left to right dog-leg. The second shot is to an elevated green guarded by a mound and bunker on the front left side.

Hole 2 - Crater

Hole 2

North facing, this short hole requires a shot to clear the large grassy depression in front of the green which gives the hole its name. Only one greenside bunker on the back left is there to catch the pulled shot.

Hole 3 - Sheiling

Hole 3

From an elevated tee this hole requires a drive close to a bunker and mound before turning right towards the green which has a front right greenside bunker and a grassy dell which gathers the off-line approach to the left side.   

Hole 4 - Stile

Hole 4 Layout

A strong par 5, there are bunkers on the right side to catch the errant drive, playing your second shot to the left of the fairway affords the best line into this small and narrow green, guarded by a deep bunker on the left.

Hole 5 - Pennicks Way

Hole 5 Layout

Named after Frank Pennick golf architect who modified the course, this par 4 plays longer than its yardage as it turns slightly left uphill after the drive, towards a green that slopes from front to back and has a narrow entrance.

Hole 6 - Cocklaw

Hole 6 Layout

This is a cracking par 5. A difficult tee shot with the out of bounds fence to the right with a prevailing left to right wind. An accurate lay up is required to avoid two fairway bunkers on the left. A fantastic elevated two tier green awaits a well struck pitch that has to carry on to the surface.      

Hole 7 - Valley

Hole 7 layout

There is a high ridge right of this fairway with often fierce rough to avoid and a smaller ridge on the left side. The green is elevated and well guarded by a large mound front left, and four bunkers on the left side. The green is on two levels and longer than you might think.

Hole 8 - Cheswick

Hole 8 layout

Named after the farm just north of the hole. Driving to the right hand side gives you the best approach to this hole. Aim for the right hand side of the green with your second shot.

Hole 9 - Cheviot View

Hole 9 layout

Looking towards the cheviots, this par 3 has out-of-bounds down the right along with a copse of trees. There are three greenside bunkers and small mounds around the left of the green.

Hole 10 - Lang Whang

Hole 10 layout

The drive has to avoid a left side fairway bunker and the approach must carry a bunker well short of the green, which encroaches from the right. A small bunker lies at the front left side. The green may be difficult to hold if the ground conditions are fiery.

Hole 11 - Goswick

Hole 11 layout

Out of bounds down the right. A ridge lies at driving distance running lengthwise. There is a crossbunker about 70 yards from the green. and three further bunkers, one just short and left, and two at the green.

Hole 12 - Pilgrims Way

Hole 12 Layout

In the distance is the Holy Island but your concern is to drive to a fairway which lies obliquely to the tee and lies on a bank beyond a drainage ditch. The green is hidden by a ridge and unless your ball lies on the extreme left of the fairway, not too far from the green, you face a blind second shot. There are no bunkers on this hole.

Hole 13 - Lough

Hole 13 Layout

From an elevated tee you can just see the small river which gives its name to the hole. The green rises from front to back and is protected by bunkers on both sides. Additionally there is a crossbunker short of the green which needs to be carried to reach the putting surface.

Hole 14 - Dune

Hole 14 layout

A classic links hole undulating fairway with a large dune on the left. A tee shot towards the left hand bunker, one of three fairway traps affords the best line into the bowl type green. The green is guarded by a deep bunker on the left but a shot played to the right side will use the natural contours to feed the ball nicely to the middle of the green.

Hole 15 - Bide A Wee

Hole 15 Layout

Elevated Tee to a bowl shaped green which is protected by five bunkers. A shot that is too strong will go into a grassy depression three feet below the green at the back.

Hole 16 - Dowie

Hole 16 Layout

Tee shot is fairly straightforward. There is a ridge that runs halfway across the fairway from the right. Once past the ridge, the approach is relatively simple with only two bunkers protecting the green.

Hole 17 - Stonehenge

Hole 17 layout

Three deep cross bunkers catch your eye from this elevated tee, thankfully these are out of range to normal mortals. Tee shot played towards the left hand bunker gives the best line into the hole. The safe play is to lay up short of the two bunkers guarding the green. Another undulating green with raised front and back means that you need to know which level the flag is on.

Hole 18 - Westward Ho

Hole 18 Layout

A short par 4 where your tee shot should leave you with a relatively short shot to the green. Cross bunkers just short make it difficult to hit with your drive and a further 4 bunkers protect the green.