Horsham Golf and Fitness

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Yes. Best hole? None stood out. Après golf? It was a match, so we had average quiche and salad afterwards. Nice round? My opponent was lovely and I played well, so yes. Special memory? My opponent making a rare mistake and going into a pond. All I had to do to win the hole was avoid the pond and put the ball on the green. Simple, no? Splash. Must play...

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Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Pleasant staff? Again, no pro shop. Is it a Northern thing? Again, efficient and nice service from the ladies behind the bar. Best hole? The 13th par 3. It’s not really about the hole, but more about the view you get from the tee of the impressive ruins of 14th century Dunstanburgh Castle. As a backdrop to a green, it doesn’t get much more impressive. It was also quite...

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Bamburgh Castle Golf Club

Type of course? Northumbrian clifftops. Pleasant staff? No pro shop, so the efficient lady behind the bar took our green fees and told us where to find scorecards while cleaning the lines and generally busying herself with running the place. Best hole? The 16th. You have to drive over a chasm and when you get to your ball, you see that the fairway turns sharply left between two rocky outcrops...

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Goswick Golf Club

Type of course? Links. Whoever thought the area between beach and land would make an excellent place to try and hit a stone with a stick towards a small hole in the distance was a genius. Pleasant staff? Super friendly, especially the pro who almost convinced me to pick the sparkly pink ball marker instead of the classy black one. Nice try young lassy, but no. Best hole? It’s hard to pick a hole...

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Linden Hall Golf Course

Type of course? Parkland. Pleasant staff? Very, both in the pro shop and in the bar. Best hole? The meandering 13th is tricky to get right and very attractive, with Linden Hall in the background of the green. Après golf? Delicious pecan tart and carrot cake in the beautiful, cozy bar. Nice round? I was playing in the mixed Open with my brother-in-law’s best friend. I love the greensomes format...

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Northcliffe Golf Club

Type of course? Undulating parkland, but not the bad kind: the grass wasn’t too sticky and the trees mostly kept their distance. Pleasant staff? I liked the pro because when I whinged that women don’t get to drive over the ravine on the 1st, he said we could go off the men’s tee if we wanted. Scandalous! Best hole? It would be the first if I was a man, but as I’m not, it...

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West Hove Golf Club

Type of course? Down the road downland. Pleasant staff? Didn’t interact as we were there playing a match and our opponents welcomed us and bought us a drink afterwards. Best hole? I like the 18th par 5 for its invitingly wide fairway and its tricky second shot – you have to land your ball on a narrow bit of fairway dangerously close to a cluster of bunkers to get a good line into the...

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