Never Forgotten

With spectacular views of the Northumberland coastline, a round at Seahouses is one you will not forget in a hurry - a breathtaking experience.

With spectacular views of the Northumberland coastline, a round at Seahouses is one you will not forget in a hurry - a breathtaking experience. Founded in 1913, the course was initially a nine-hole traditional links course and upgraded to 18 holes in 1976.

Keith Harris is the Acting Secretary and Treasurer at the club. He explained: "We have our centenary coming up in 6 years time so we are planning ahead for that. Seahouses started off as a nine-hole course and later upgraded to 18. It's quite a short course with a few undulations but because we are split by the main road, there are three elements to the course.

"The five holes next to the club house are pure links and holes three to eight verge on parkland. Ten through to sixteen are on the peninsular with super views of the Farne Islands and Lindisfarne."

Keith added: "There are six par 3s and a couple of them are two of the most challenging holes you will ever come across, the 10th, Logan's Loch, and the 15th, The Cove, is recognised as the 16h in the world's top 20, so that's quite significant."

Along with Keith, the 600 members at Seahouses enjoy a well maintained and top quality course. Many Northumberland County events have been played at the club and the course is a regular venue for the Northumberland and Durham Inter-County Foursomes.

The club and its staff have a well deserved reputation for providing a friendly and efficient welcome to everyone. Bar and catering facilities are available everyday except Monday's during the winter months. There is a comprehensive menu available with the speciality being the local seafood - if you are a fish and chips fan, you have to give Seahouses a visit!

Visitors are more than welcome to this very friendly club in the magical kingdom of Northumbria.

The course

Although the course measures only 5542 yards off the medal tees and 5169 yards from the yellows, it is on the short side but take heed, the par of 67 takes some beating and can be very tricky on a windy day.

It opens with a 155-yard par 3, played slightly downhill to quite a large green protected by two bunkers at the front. If you come up short, you will not find the putting surface because of the steep upslope at the front.

The second is a straightforward 470-yard par 5 and a very good birdie chance. There are no bunkers to worry about and following a good drive down the centre of the fairway, a middle to longish iron should be enough to find the green. There is out of bounds left of the green and at the back to take into account with the approach shot.

You then cross the road to play the six parkland holes constructed on reclaimed marshland. Ditches, ponds, trees and gorse all come into play through this section of the course.

The 186-yard par 3 is played into the prevailing westerly and a much tougher hole than the first. The green is not an easy target and there are bunkers front left and middle right to worry about.

The next hole shares its fairway with the seventh so make sure your approach is played to the correct green. As the fourth, this is a 383-yard par 4 and the green is sited to the left of a small copse of trees. Watch out for the pond and ditches on the left as they come into play 220 yards from the tee.

At 429 yards, the fifth is stroke index one on the course and a testing par 4. With out of bounds and a lateral water hazard on the right, more water on the left, the tee shot at this one can be a little intimidating. The second shot is played to a large bunkerless green, sloping right to left and any approach going through will find another water hazard and very deep rough.

More water comes into play at the sixth, a tricky 166-yard par 3 where any tee shot hit left or too long will find a watery grave. Favour the right side of the large green to take the danger out of play and with this one played usually downwind, care has to be taken with club selection.

The seventh is 372 yards where a good drive and an accurate pitch should leave a good birdie chance. You can see the greenside bunker at the front but beware the hidden bunkers middle right and at the back.

The road and out of bounds is tight left at the eighth hole, a shortish par 4 at 328 yards. The approach is played uphill, to a well bunkered green falling away at the rear. Any shot coming up short will find sand, there are of four well placed bunkers short of the green.

Similar to the 4th and 7th, the 9th at Seahouses shares its fairway with the 18th so make sure you

head for the correct flag - it's the one on the right. As the 9th, it is a 383-yard par 4 with a number of pot bunkers to avoid from the tee. The second shot is played to another raised green, surrounded by bunkers and bushes to the right.

The back nine starts with Logan's Loch, an absolute classic and one of the best par 3s in the region. Named after former EGU and Northumberland president George Logan, only a very accurate tee shot will result in a par at this one. Played over water, come up short or go right and you will have one ball less in the bag!

The 11th hole, a 376-yard par 4, played slightly uphill to an awkward saucer shaped green is followed by another strong par 4, played back into the prevailing wind - two long accurate shots are needed at this one to get home. The approach is played downhill to a severely sloping long narrow green with a bunker front right and a grassy hollow front left.

Only 290 yards, the par 4 13th is uphill to the highest point on the course. There is out of bounds on the left to watch out for along with two bunkers on the right 75 and 50 yards short of the green. Not a long hole but the short approach will test your wedge play at this one.

A 212-yard par 3 is next and a semi-blind hole played downhill. Don't miss left or you will be heading for the beach - a very testing hole where a par is a good score.

And then it's "The Cove", a gem of a golf hole and deservedly rated as one of the best anywhere. It might only be 124 yards, but it's played over a sandy inlet to a slick tricky green sited on top of the rocks. If you are going to bale out here, make sure it's to the right but that will leave a tricky up and down to make par.

The 16th is a 322-yard par 4 with water all along the left, favour the right side of the fairway. The second shot is downhill to another severely sloping green with a very steep bank on the right.

Out of bounds on the left is the main problem at the 388-yard par 4 17th hole. Keep the ball in play and you should make par at this one.

Finally the 18th, a 371-yard par 4 and this time it's the green on the left in front of the club house. Having avoided the fairway pot bunkers and found the fairway, a shortish iron to the centre of the green will result in a par or better.

Seahouses is a cracking little course and well worth playing.

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Factfile

Name: Seahouses Golf Club

Address: Beadnell Road, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7XT

Telephone: 01665 720 794

Fax: 01665 721 994

E-mail: secretary@seahousesgolf.co.uk

Web Site: www.seahousesgolf.co.uk

Location: The clubhouse and course is 15 miles north of Alnwick. Turn off the A1 onto the B1340 and follow signs for Seahouses. The golf club is just to the south of Seahouses Village.

Green Fees: Weekdays - £22 a round, £30 a day, Weekends - £30 a round, £38 a day, Juniors - £10 a round, £14 a day, Two Fore One, Bunkered and Greensaver vouchers accepted, Guests playing with a member - £8, juniors £5

Membership: Available Adult £230, 18-21 £145, under 18 £54 Social £10

Societies: Welcome. Society and Party bookings can be made by arrangement with the secretary

Buggies: None

 

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