Type of course? Parkland and ravine

Pleasant staff? Very welcoming

Best hole? It has to be the 9th par 3 into the narrow ravine at the bottom of the castle. Gorgeous. Obviously I missed the green but escaped with a 4.

Après golf? Avant was a delicious wrap and coffee and après was a lovely millionnaire shortbread and tea under the trees. Such a gorgeous setting.

Nice round? Fantastic. We both played well, the course is, as they say, a fair challenge and the setting is beautiful.

Special memory? It’s a sad memory. We were squeezed between two very slow men and two very fast juniors playing a County match (Durham got trounced by Cumbria, apparently), so I couldn’t take the time to truly appreciate the magnificence of Brancepeth Castle.

Must play again? I would love to. The spectacular ravine comes into play a few times (more for men than women) and the course is great fun.