Lee Westwood Colt Course

DP World and Asian Tour Championship Course

Set in the beautiful and serene Tyne Valley, only seven miles outside the centre of Newcastle and nestled against the north bank of the River Tyne, the 250-year-old Close House estate has been lovingly formed into two of the best courses in the country. 

Our Lee Westwood Colt Course is 7,000 yards in length from the championship tees, having already held two European Tour events and one Asian Tour event, the course has proved to be both enjoyable and challenging for golfers of all abilities. Gaining a place in the UK’s top 100 golf courses, our Lee Westwood Colt Course provides one of the most varied challenges on the golfing map, so much so that we are recognised for being the home of championship golf in the North East.

Close House itself may date back only 250 years but prior to this the Roman Army roamed this land. In fact, the world famous Hadrian’s Wall almost abuts the course itself. Don’t let that put you off, though. This golf course aims to produce the most exciting range of thrills for every level of golfer, and it requires your utmost attention.

Design work on the course began in late 2007. From that moment the team quickly went to work finalising the theme of the design. It was agreed that the best style for this course would be ‘Old English’. We wanted your experience of the golf course to be in tune with the history of the property. To this end, much attention was given to the routing of the course. Apart from finding a way to give you the most pleasurable journey around the property, each hole has been constructed with a gentle footprint and aims to engage the natural features of the property.

You will find numerous little wonders as you move around the course. The highlights may be the ancient forest to the left of the first hole, the old Roman fort to the left of the 11th hole, the lake by the 15th tee, or the ha-ha wall and ice lake on the 18th hole. Each has a story, and each is for you to enjoy.

Scott Macpherson
Lee Westwood Colt Course Architect