Found on true linksland, amid a stunning Northumberland coastline, this James Braid classic course makes every one who plays it fall “deeply in love”
Goswick is a James Braid masterpiece, open to all who truly love the game. When the celebrated golf writer Bernard Darwin first saw it, he ‘fell deeply in love.’ UK Golf Guide rates it a ‘must play.’
Golf Empire raves that it’s ‘as good as many of the top links in East Lothian and knocks socks off many of its southern counterparts.’
And Golf Club Atlas states simply, ‘If this was your regular, you would think you had died and gone to heaven.’ Rave reviews indeed for this Northumberland links, nestled amid windswept dunes along a vast expanse of stunning coastline midway between Edinburgh and Newcastle.
All you need to know about Goswick Golf Club
On the evening of Friday 21st October 1889, several local enthusiasts of the suddenly booming game of golf met at the King’s Arms Hotel in Berwick-upon-Tweed, ‘to consider a scheme to organise a golf club and to hear a report as to a piece of ground’.
And so began the story of Goswick Golf Club.
The initial 9-hole layout, opened for play in April 1890, was extended to 18 holes in 1894.
The club struggled to survive during the Great War when over a third of its members were on active service.
But by 1930, it had recovered sufficiently to proceed with an ambitious plan to lengthen and strengthen the layout.
James Braid was engaged to guide the transformation and in exchange for his fee of £8.80 per day plus expenses, he produced a detailed plan with recommendations for improvements to each of the holes, including extensive revision of 13 of them.
Braid’s masterful imprint on Goswick Links remains largely intact to this day.
What makes Goswick Golf Club special
This treasure is a bit remote. But that’s one of the many attributes that makes it so special. Seek it out and you’ll be rewarded with an escape from reality to, as Darwin puts it, ‘one of the most naturally magnificent pieces of golfing ground that ever swam into the ken of the golfing explorer.’
You’ll also be challenged and inspired, no matter your skill level. The R&A has designated Goswick as Regional Qualifying venue for the Open Championship through 2024.
And it recently hosted the England Golf County Senior Finals. Yet choose the tee appropriate for your game and you’ll walk off the 18th green with a round to remember as you indulge in a pint in the lounge of the welcoming clubhouse.
Where is it?
Goswick Golf Club is on the Northumberland coast, midway between Edinburgh and Newcastle, just three miles off the A1.
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Get in touch
For more information about the club and course, visit Goswick’s website or call them on 01289 387256.
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