All Eyes To Turn To Close House Golf Club
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2017-09-06
All eyes turn to the North East of England later this month as years of preparation and planning come to fruition at Close House when some of golf’s biggest stars arrive at the venue for the British Masters supported by Sky Sports...
Close House is a 360-acre privately owned venue which boasts the world’s first and only Lee Westwood golf courses and a state-of-the-art No19 contemporary clubhouse.
Set in the beautiful and serene Tyne Valley, minutes from Newcastle and nestled between the banks of the River Tyne and the ancient remains of Hadrian’s Wall, the 250-year-old Close House estate grounds have been lovingly teased into two of the best courses in the country.
The par-71 Championship Lee Westwood Colt Course - named after English Golf architect Harry Colt - measures 6,813 yards and spans 160 acres of land, gaining entry to the UK Top 100 courses club almost as soon as it opened. It remains the only course in North East England to hold that accolade.
The Lee Westwood Filly Course, measuring 6,000 yards and playing to a par of 70, presents a stern test in the form of tight lines off the tee and fast, undulating greens.
Close House is also home to the North East’s official PGA Academy, including five-star practice facilities, and the recently developed par-3 Yearling Golf Course.
What was once a part of Newcastle University, Close House and the affiliated golf course was revived in 2004 after local entrepreneur Graham Wylie invested in the future of his much-loved home town.
From there, Wylie and his team have created one of the most stunning golf venues in the UK. World-renowned for its excellent courses and state-of-the-art facilities; Close House has already gained a reputation as a must-visit for golfers from across the globe.
Whilst at Close House, guests can also enjoy a night in the luxurious surroundings of the Courtyard suites, the venue’s on-site accommodation, and be able to take advantage of the stunningly modern No.19 clubhouse, where picturesque views are coupled with fine-dining.
Close House has already established itself as a force for good within the golfing world, showing commitment to supporting players’ progress in the game by offering free junior coaching to 37 schools in the local area, and playing host to The Looker Championship EuroPro Tour event in July.
At the heart of Close House are its members, who have a wealth of facilities at their disposal. Catering for golfers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to seasoned professionals, Close House members have unique privileges across the estate.
This includes unlimited golf on the Colt, Filly and Yearling courses, a reduction on guest green fees, members rates in the Courtyard Suites, inclusive Academy membership, the opportunity to host a members golf day for up to 24 players, and priority booking on member-hosted golf trips.
The progressive nature of the club and its fantastic facilities have not gone unnoticed by the European Tour, resulting in the decision to bring the British Masters to the venue.
Looking ahead to the event, Close House owner Graham Wylie said: “We are very excited to have the British Masters here at Close House this year. The North East loves its sport, but we don’t get that many events so when we do, people support them in tremendous fashion.
“To have the British Masters will be fantastic not just for Close House, but for the whole region. We are grateful that Sky Sports are supporting the event and Lee Westwood is a great ambassador for the sport and he is our Close House Tour Professional, so we are delighted he has chosen Close House to host the British Masters and we will put on a great event for him.”
To find out more about Close House, visit the club website at www.closehouse.com.