About Us

About us

Close House is a premier destination for customers seeking an unparalleled experience in the heart of Northumberland.

Nestled amidst stunning countryside and boasting two championship courses, Close House offers a distinctive blend of natural beauty and world-class golfing facilities.

Alongside the golf courses situated in the beautiful surroundings of Northumberland, Close House’s No.19 restaurant is a contemporary, state-of-the-art facility which offers the highest level of food and service in a relaxed and unrivalled setting.

The Courtyard, Pavilion and Lodge accommodation offer a luxurious retreat amidst spectacular countryside views, inviting guests to immerse themselves in refined comfort within this idyllic setting.

Our Courses

Lee Westwood Colt Course: This 18-hole championship course offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels. Immaculately landscaped fairways, strategically placed bunkers and undulating greens make every round a memorable one.

Lee Westwood Filly Course: Perfect for beginners and seasoned players alike, the Filly Course provides a picturesque setting for a relaxed game of golf. With 18 beautifully crafted holes set against the backdrop of Northumberland’s countryside, it offers a delightful golfing experience for all.

Our History

Close House, with a rich history dating back nearly 800 years to the early 13th century, was initially established in 1779 for the exclusive use of the Bewicke family. Originally owned by the Turpin and Read families, the property eventually came into the possession of Robert Bewicke in 1626, marking the beginning of a long association between the Bewicke family and Close House.

The current Close House mansion, a Georgian-style masterpiece, was constructed in 1779 for Calverley and Mary Bewicke, replacing the old monastic house on the site. Possibly designed by William Newton, the mansion features a symmetrical layout, with notable architectural details such as ionic columns, a pediment, and a grand bay window marking the location of the former monastic house.

Over the years, the estate changed hands multiple times, serving various purposes, including as a Nursing Training College during World War II. In 1953, it was sold at auction to James Rutherford and Sons before being purchased by King’s College Newcastle in 1960.

In 2004, local businessman Sir Graham Wylie acquired Close House mansion and the golf course, initiating its transformation into a premier destination in the North East of England. Close House has evolved into a luxurious retreat offering top-notch facilities, including conferences, meetings and world-class golf experiences, all just a short distance from Newcastle City Centre.

Our Facilities

No.19 Clubhouse:

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Celebrate at Close House

From corporate golf days to private celebrations, Close House provides a captivating setting for a wide range of events. Our experienced event planners will work closely with you to create unforgettable moments tailored to your specific needs and preferences.


Close House members have a wealth of facilities at their disposal. Catering for golfers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to seasoned professionals, we have everything you would want from a club.

Plan your visit

Close House, nestled in the heart of Northumberland, offers a luxurious retreat amidst spectacular countryside views, inviting guests to immerse themselves in refined comfort within this idyllic setting.