4 reviews of Garesfield Golf Club
I had driven past this course on my occasional visits to the area and luckily found myself with my clubs and a free Tuesday evening so thought I would try a round. First of all I found the pro, the members and the course we're very welcoming but unlike the pro and members the course wasn't always welcoming !
It was in superb condition and very varied but boy did it have some slopes ! As a relatively fit 68 year old (10 hand) I was very tired by the end without my electric trolley. It has a really varied and interesting set up and made you plot your way rather than hit your way, although length on some of the longer par 4s would be a much missed advantage.
It's a beautiful walk with lovely views and a very reasonably priced golf course . Enjoy !
Hidden away behind Chopwell Woods, Garesfield is not on the beaten track - which may explain why so few people visit. The course itself is now 95 years old: designed by the son of an Open winner in 1922. Many newer local courses around this part of the world are little more than fields - the designer here had a good eye and certain elements are shared with the likes of Braid and Colt - washboard fairways like Forfar and tree lined fairways reminiscent of Woodhall Spa. Fairlie certainly used the hilly terrain to full extent.
Like a little Augusta, there is an "amen corner" style bottom of the valley with demanding uphill holes on the back 9. The 4th, 6th, 15th, 18th greens are all adjacent to the high club house which means it is entirely possible to play 9 holes up the hill on relative flat.. or down the hill where there are demanding drives and older style blind shots - such as on 13, where the approach is blind and sharply downhill - much like you may find at Newbiggin GC or the coffin at Cruden Bay.
Fairways are wide enough to not make the course punitive if playing reasonably straight, however there is a lot of out of bounds and mature trees, forest and gorse for the slice or hook. Greens are generally very quick in summer - so much so, that certain downhill putts on 12 and 14 are to be avoided.. but this is a testament to their quality at a small, quiet club with reasonable green fees.
The par 3s are all fun - although the prevailing wind on the 4th means you may find a car windscreen with a poor shot. The carry on par 4 6 is intimidating and rewarding, a 190 yard carry over a dip with two seperate water hazards!
I've been lucky enough to play many courses - especially in Scotland and Garesfield reminded me of the lesser known mature parkland courses such as Forfar. There are a few springs around the course, but these were all pegged off with blue posts for a free drop - or marked GUR - and the fairways proved to run well - probably due to their almost 100 years of greenkeeping.
Outside of the club house, there's little in the way of facilities on the course - around the turn, you're effectively in Chopwell Woods. No ball cleaners, no bins, some of the tee boxes are in need of sponsors or repair.. but the course itself - superb.
I played Garesfield on Monday 21st July and was shocked to find that there wasnt the ability to book a tee time which I found slightly strange. However, the course itself was well laid out with every hole being different. The par 5 7th is a beautiful looking hole and is followed by two or three more with spectacular scenery and you would not think you were on the outskirts of Newcastle/Gateshead. The course was closed the day before we played but this did not dampen our spirits. The greens were not brilliant to putt on due to the fact that they were still too wet to cut, but I imagine that when they are cut and dry, they will be fantastic. Not the longest of courses but can be punishing if you are not on the top of your game. Although very hilly and a tough walk, it is very scenic and a nice course to play so it is well worth a visit and I will definitely be back for another crack at it when the weather improves.
i was lucky enough to be invited to a carlsberg golf day at gairsfield on the 4/6/09 and i just have to say its one of the best courses i have played at in the north east of england!!!!
the clubhouse is very comfortable and we had a 3 course meal as part of the invitation and the food was really nice.
everything about the club feels relaxed and friendly. i spoke to the pro before i went out to play and he was very friendly and helpful with a few tips on how to play some of the blind holes on the course. the shop was well stocked and the prices were reasonable. my one small gripe about the day was the lack of a course planner but it didnt spoil the day for me really.
the course was in magnificant condition and very well presented. its tree lined with gorgeous views from every hole. i honestly couldnt pick out any "stand out" hole as they were all memorable in there own right. the greens were true (if not a little difficult to read) and all in all i thought gairfield was a superb little hidden gem!
i played really well on the day shooting an 82 and won 1st prize which included a free 4 ball voucher and im already itching to return and play this spectecular and special course all over again.
PLAY IT AND I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WONT LEAVE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!
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