Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club

Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club, Berwick Upon Tweed, North East, England, TD15 2RW

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19 reviews of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Goswick) Golf Club

This is a ‘must play’ course for anyone visiting Northumberland and looking for a ‘true links experience’. The welcome from staff and members was exceptionally warm, the pro shop and bar/food of the highest quality. For the most part, it’s a relatively flat course with a number of raised tees up on the dunes where you play to classic wandering links fairways, where position is at a premium, not power. I was lucky enough to play on a mild, dry fresh evening but I can imagine it would be an absolute beast in poor weather; either way you’ll always remember your round here. The tee beds were in good nick and the fairways, fringes & greens exceptionally well grassed and true. The coastal breeze added another dimension to a hugely enjoyable, testing round of golf. Every hole needs to be played differently and the rarity of using every club in the bag was a treat; indeed I can only recall one ‘ordinary’ hole, a rather straightforward par 3 finish to the front 9. If you play within yourself and treat the course with respect, you’ll score well. However, the course does penalise wayward shots with deep tangly rough and plenty of bunkers to test your course management skills. Decent shots that stray into the semi-rough aren’t unfairly penalised but be prepared to take your medicine with an iron back into position. The deep revetted bunkers were beautifully consistent and really give you no excuse to leave the ball behind. It’s not a difficult course to navigate but I’d recommend buying their strokesaver or perhaps teaming up with a member as some shots are semi-blind. Goswick is a rarity - a really interesting, quality course which I look forward to playing again soon.

Posted by Kevin Gibson on 03/06/2013
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Played here today and felt compelled to post a review quickly. I have played many top notch links courses around the UK and this compares favourably to the vast majority.

The greeting from the professional was great and far more welcoming than anywhere else I have visited. He arranged for me to play with three members who were great company.

The course plays as 2 loops of 9 and is a great mix of holes with every hole making the player think a way around the course. The wind really picked up and made the course more challenging. The course was in excellent condition and the greens were exceptional - even more so considering the terrible weather recently.

Posted by Mark Woodward on 29/09/2012
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Just a quick note. Goswick Links is not North Berwick Golf Course!! We are 5 miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. Our course is an Open Championship Qualifying Course kept to the highest standards so surprised that anyone finds it "scruffy"

Posted by Tina Richardson on 16/03/2011
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Our final course on our October North Berwick tour we played on Friday 15 october 2010. Course was very busy when we arrived its very popular, we were not waiting on tees that long for how busy it was and golfers behind were patient when they had a short wait which was pleasing. The front 9 holes are a real test and can set your card up if you dont play well. I am pleased the wind was not that stong, really enjoyed the course again as its been a while since i have played here. I found the £33 fee a bit pricey for mid October but still worth a game.

Posted by Ian Brodie on 16/10/2010
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Goswick is a very fine links course and features many testing holes and some particularly good ones on the back nine. Holes 12 to 15 consisting of two par 3's and two shortish par 4's are great fun. Very good value for money using the “Coastal Classic” offer. A welcoming clubhouse with good facilities and friendly staff.

Posted by Peter Frost on 24/09/2010
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My first time playing golf in Northumberland. We couldn't get onto Bamburgh so went up the road instead to Goswick and what a wonderful track it is. I particularly enjoyed the front 9, beautifully maintained by a top notch ground staff. The place has a wholesome, unpretentious feel, wonderful for golfing purists and true to the spirit of the game. The clubhouse is modest, but has all a golfer could want with a well stocked shop - the food was good and reasonably priced too.

Posted by Michael Sweeney on 26/04/2010
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I played here 2 weeks back with a party of 8 and I must say that this is a course which should not be missed out on.It was part of a tour of E Lothian (Dunbar & Gullane 1) and Bamburgh and for all 8 of us this stood out head and shoulders above the rest. The club is situated 4 miles off the A1 but you would think you were miles and miles away from anywhere.The clubhouse is at odds with the superb course but that said there is something rather quaint about the clubhouse which is kept tiday and homely and has some cracking looking staff!The Proshop is well stocked and has 2 nice guys working there and the range is a suuperb facility right beside tee 1.Onto the course....set up with the Open Qualifier in mind it was in 5 star condition with the greens being in pristine condition.No real weak holes here with the pick being 1,6,10,11,13,14,15,17 and a great risk and reward last hole to round off a great track.
We will be back here in a heart beat and likely for 36 holes which is way less than 18 at the more famed clubs but for us all better fun and value. Don't miss out!

Posted by Dave McKane on 02/07/2009
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Played two rounds on 12/6/09 in sunny but windy weather.
The clubhouse is traditional and steeped in history and makes you feel that you are at a very historic course.
Clubhouse staff were friendly and the food was okay.
The course is outstanding. This was my first 'proper' links course and I was very impressed. Fast running greens, parched, tight fairways, wonderful bunkering and rough that was punishing but fair all added to the round.
There were a number of blind shots to play and some difficult tee shots having to carry rough to reach narrow fairways.
The wind blew stronger in the afternoon round adding to the challenge as a number of holes are directly into the wind.
We played as part of a society visit and we all said we would be playing next year when we visit the area.
A superb course, one I would recommend to anyone.

Posted by Phil B on 19/06/2009
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Played in glorious weather but a bit breezy. Classic links course with fast running fairways and excellent greens. A few blind shots so a course planner is helpful. Pro very helpful, clubhouse a bit tired and food service OK. Would play again next week if I had the chance!

Posted by Martin Hexter on 13/05/2008
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Played here recently and would recommend to anyone if in the area. The views are spectacular and the course was in great nick. Dog leg par 4 to get you started followed by a tricky par 3 and then it gets serious. I found myself needing to take driver from most tees and the rough can be punishing so take plenty of balls. It's quite a long course and the four par %s all take plenty of reaching. The last hole is the only driveable par 4 and I managed to finish with birdie so that sent me home happy.

Posted by John Murray on 17/07/2007
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May 2006: Fine traditional links with views over wild sandhills and Cheviot Hills. Superb condition especially the greens. Helps to hit the ball both ways and to enjoy playing off elevated tees into strong winds. Around 4 newer greens still to finally bed in. Nitpickers will not like the road in front of the 17th green ( par 5 )which can hinder the 3rd shot ( try a putter ). 12th/ 15th / 18th holes are the only weak holes. Rated 9 for difficulty. 10 for value; 6 for general facilities.
Sensible club which gives the course priority with top-quality practise facilities and professional / assistant all at reasonable prices.

Posted by David Wilkinson on 20/05/2006
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Great Course!! Played on sunday 04 Jan 04. Had great weather not a drop of wind (which helped). Greens and fairways in good condition for the time of year. Clubhouse a bit old looking but comfortable. Well stocked pro shop. Will definately visit again in the next couple of months.

Posted by Ian Brodie on 05/01/2004
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A superb course, played in september. Greens first class, a real link test. Practise facilities excellent and so is the Pro.

Posted by Jim Hughes on 28/09/2003
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This course is simply a masterpiece. By far and away the best course in Northumberland. A beautiful undulating links with ribbon-like fairways, gruesome bunkers, high rough, burns and great sea views. It reminded me a little of Royal Porthcawl. To top it all it's in incredibly good nick for a links course. No outstanding holes to point out, they're all crackers. It's long and tough, a serious challenge if the wind blows. Top class links at a very fair price. 8.5/10

Posted by Harry Putter on 06/07/2003
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Great course.
Well worth a visit. Excellent practice facility and well stocked pro shop. Everyone very friendly. Not a plush clubhouse but who cares. The food is more than adequate.
The front nine are the best. Lots of thought needed. Fair for both low and moderate handicaps. Really quiet on a Monday afternoon. Lovely scenery. Great golf. Few places better. A bit like Southerndown in Dumfries and Galloway. Both lovely links courses. Great value for money. A bit off the beaten track but well worth the effort.

Posted by Doug Gillies on 16/06/2003
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A very welcoming golf club. Very challenging - especially when the wind blows! Fairways & greens always in excellent condition. Really good value for money. A 5* club in all respects.

Posted by Michael Mounsey on 21/08/2002
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Played the course at the start of May off the new blue tees, a bit of a challenge at 6850 par 72. It was in excellent condition with 5 of the holes being redesigned. Well worth a visit.

Posted by Brian Young on 02/05/2002
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Played this one and the course actually in Berwick (Magdalene Fields).
Both courses are good but this one lacks the quality of the other one, not many holes stand out. Some of them make you wander what the designer was thinking of!!

Posted by Hugh Jazz on 06/02/2000
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This was a very exciting and challenging links course along the coast of the North Sea. The day I played it the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes were closed due to flooding; however, the rest of the course was flawlessly manicured. The holes were challenging for every level of player. This was the best course I played in England. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Posted by John Lewis on 10/06/1998
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