County Durham resort Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club will next month open the North East’s newest championship golf course.
The course – called the Ramside ‘Cathedral Course’ – forms part of a £15m redevelopment and has been two years in the making.
The multi-million pound makeover includes a 47-bedroom expansion of the four star hotel, construction of 34 executive residential homes, a new health club, gym, 25-metre swimming pool, spa, restaurant and beauty salon.
Work is currently underway on the hotel expansion, spa and health club and completion is planned for early 2015, and the expansion has also led to a recruitment drive to take on 100 new employees.
The Cathedral Course has been named in honour of nearby Durham Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which is clearly visible from hole three, the stretch between the eighth and the 11th and again when playing the 15th and 16th holes.
The 7,200 yard par 72 parkland course has been designed by Jonathan Gaunt of Gaunt Golf Design, the architect of Ramside’s original 27 holes in 1994, and is the only new championship standard 18-hole golf course to open in England this year.
Ramside Golf Club will open the course in two phases. On July 5 a loop of nine holes will open for play and the complete 18-hole course will open in September, after warmer summer months have helped new fairways and rough grass to bed in around the whole course.
Ramside Hall Estates director, John Adamson, said: “Our vision is for Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club to become a complete golf and leisure destination at the heart of North East England attracting members, visitors and hotel guests to enjoy golf, fitness, relaxation, fine food and beautiful surroundings.
“I’m certain the Cathedral Course will further enhance Ramside Hall’s reputation as one of the most desirable golf resorts and leisure destinations in England.”