Could they be up the creek?

Some top amateurs could find themselves up the creek when the Northumberland and Durham Inter County Foursomes reach the finals day at Morpeth on Saturday.

Some top amateurs could find themselves up the creek when the Northumberland and Durham Inter County Foursomes reach the finals day at Morpeth on Saturday.

The creek has been added to the 521-yard par five third hole, The Gulley. The serpentine-shaped creek is 70 yards long, varies between 15 feet and four feet wide - and is where you don't want it if you are trying to hit the green in two shots.

Assuming you have drawn your tee shot around a large daunting tree which blocks your ideal flight-path, if you draw it too much then you will indeed be in the creek rather than on the fairway.

"It makes it a tighter and more interesting par five," said club manager Bill Flower, a former pro golfer. "It's not easy to hit a long draw that accurately and I would say even these top quality amateurs will be happy to hit the green in three shots.

"It is a strategic alteration to the course and has been carefully thought out and planned."

Four pairs have battled their way through to the finals day.

Prudhoe tee off against Arcot Hall in the Northumberland final at 9.15am, followed 15 minutes later by Castle Eden against Houghton-le-Spring in the County Durham showdown.

The winners tee off in the two-counties final at 2.15pm.

"It's going to be interesting to see how it goes on Saturday," added Flower. "There's always a fascination in seeing how different golfers cope with the same challenge."

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