Norton Golf Course

Norton Golf Course, Stockton On Tees, North East, England, TS20 1SU

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20 reviews of Norton Golf Course

Played the course today first time along with my father of 83 who was a good golfer but had not played for a number of years. We both loved playing the course it was challenging and well thought out. Some very tricky greens. A good test for any handicap golfer.

Posted by David fFilby on 19/04/2015
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Played today,25.03.15. Never seen greens in such a state. Would never go again &would not recommend this place to anyone.

Posted by Alan Astill on 25/03/2015
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I have played this course since it opened as a short nine holer over 20 years ago. It is nice to see that the course has developed and matured hugely since it's early days.
When the course first opened it was a 9 hole par 33 which you could whip round in just over an hour. It then extended to 18 holes (and to show you how tight the original 9 were only 5 holes now occupy that space - but you can still see evidence of some of the old greens).
When the course was extended it was not professionally designed - so despite the land it was built on being quite interesting the course in parts was illconcieved and at times a bit of a joke. So for example it would leave you with uphill approaches to rock hard greens which then sloped away from you with a thick hedge oonly 2 feet off the back. What is now 12th and is still stroke hole one used to be an extreme dogleg par 4 with a green sharply downhill an surrounded by trees - on paper it must of looked okay but to get to the green your tee shot had to be in a space no wider than 20 yards and if you missed this you had to chip to this gap and then you had a wedge to a green where little grass grew because it was so surronded by trees! The green was relocated after a couple of years and works well now.
To be fair most of the orginal faults have been ironed out over the years but a proper designer would have avoided these in the first place.
In recent years to first hole car park etc have moved from one side of the course to the other and this subsequent building has reduced the first hole to a very short par 3 which is a bit mickey mouse - but to be fiar the other 17 have matured into decent holes. The second is a 445 par 4 which does stretch the best golfer - but after that the slightly tame start continues with 2 other none to challenging par 3's and a very short par 4. But you do have to put your score together with this easier start as the next half a dozen holes do represent a much greater challenge.
The planting on the course has matured very well - the greens are far better than they were but you do still get inconsistant cutting lengths and the odd fluffy bits but this is after all a play and pay so you can't expect too much.
Nevertheless the course is good value and a pleasent diversion even if it will never rank among anyones most memorable courses.

Posted by Tony Wears on 18/07/2013
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I have played this wee course on many occassions when visiting my mate Paul in Hartlepool. The staff are very friendly and there is a real local stamp on this courSe. The care and attention to the course is very very good. the course can be testing to high and medium handicappers. Its a very well laid out course and I have never had a poor day at the course, by that I mean I have played poor golf but the day has been good. There had been housing developementy work when I was down and as yet I believe the club house is still a temporary affair with very basic facilities, te,coffee,toilets. . Once the course has a club house it can only enhance what is in essence a well kept and well maintained woodland course. I look forward to playing there again this summer with my friend from Hartlepool.

Posted by Bill Mackay on 11/07/2011

i played this course last week for the first time and although its short of a bar its a cracking course far more challenging than most other courses in the area

Posted by john on 23/04/2011
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nice experience overall played today,
worth the travel.

Posted by roberto ramadoro on 25/08/2010
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canny little course, in bad weather it drains well in most places.(something they have worked on i'm led to believe!) it has a good mix of challenges, on the greens when putting you have to really concentrate..even from 3 foot! water features on 3 or so holes, along with some holes where if your tee off goes stray you'll find yourself at the bottom of some big hills with a blind shot back up to the green. I've played this course a few times and always look forward to coming back, it seems to just get better everytime.Good stuff norton.

Posted by Russ baker on 28/05/2009
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Superb course. The course is getting better every time that i go.

Posted by Lee Addison on 03/01/2008
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played today the course is in excellent condition for this time of year well done groundsman.

Posted by scott dexter on 01/01/2008
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played this course every time i play my score comes down. Great course not to pricey can get a bit busy but so what that is a good thing. Even in the winter the green keeper did his best with the greens (well done).

Posted by Gerard Gray on 13/04/2007
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Played the course for the first time on Saturday
It was the most enjoyable round of golf on the best course I have been on since returning to golf last year.
The staff were very helpful both at the club house and on the course with advice on where to go to the next hole and sometimes the best way to play a hole.
The only downside being that the bar was closed and will be for sometime but there is a pub just 2 min along the road which good reasonably priced meals.

Posted by Terry Briggs on 22/01/2006
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returned to the course after a 5 year break impressed by the improvements to the drainage due to the ponds being added i suppose nice course at a nice price can get a bit busy at weekends no wonder

Posted by dave thompson on 25/09/2005
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lovely course,I wish my local pay and play course was as well kept a this little gem. It is a well thought out design, encouraging you to think your way round and some of the contours and subtle borrows on the greens would put a lot of private courses to shame. Great value @£13.50 weekends,but it does get busy ( goes to show how nice it is!!!)Highly recommended.

Posted by P Wallace on 26/08/2005
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A tidy course, offering a collection of challenging holes. The 1st hole is great, as is the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 14th, 15th, & 17th. The greens and fairways are well kept throughout the year. The 5th green is a lot of fun about 4 tiers!!! One thing for sure is that you have to use your imagination playing this course. The wildlife on course is colourful and vast. This course is a true bargin at £13.50 (weekends) or alternatively £10.50 (weekdays). The only drawback is that during the summmer especially weekends due to the course's popularity it can get quite busy, so I would recommend early morning arrivals!

Posted by Stephen Brown on 12/08/2005
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Norton is both a well presented and priced course at £13.50p at weekends. The 1st & 2nd holes set up a great example for the rest of the course. Its a little up and down along the course. The greens are all kept very well and make some interesting putting. Well worth the travel from wherever you come from. well done to all staff involved

Posted by Mark Wright on 05/07/2004
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A thoroughly enjoyable little course with many interesting holes. The Par 3 2nd a particular favourite with a carry over water all the way to the green. Also the 8th hole is a very short par 3 which can be tricky when the pin is placed behind a large tree and last but by no means least the 15th a short par 4 that is a blind tee shot over trees to a green that is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Recommend to any handicapper.

Posted by Paul Heathcock on 15/11/2003
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Just a little update on this beautiful little golf course , green fees £10 weekdays-£12 weekends/bank holidays, excellent value but yes it is popular and can be busy.The most difficult thing I found about the course was the tremendous amount of undulations (humps and borrows) on a lot of the greens, but no complaints highly recommended.

Posted by DAVID ATKIN on 17/04/2003
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A nice course, but quite difficult - especially for beginners. The layout has been changed, so holes are played in a different order to the above review. Price is now £10 during week, and £12 at weekend. The course is very popular and gets very busy. All in all, well worth playing.

Posted by Chris on 16/09/2002
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excellent value for money,in the best condition its ever been.
slicers beware holes 1-5

Posted by stuart langford on 04/07/2002
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A well kept course with some tricky holes. Most of the holes are fairly open with panoramic views of the local countryside on many. It can get very windswept at times with the wind blowing across the holes. Holes that stand out are the second, a par 3 with a carry over water all the way to the green. The fourth, where a huge drive is needed to reach the fairway means many lost balls, as there is a 45 degree slope to the right if you dont reach. The 15th is a short but tricky par 4 where the green is blocked by trees, and there is water on 3 sides.
The price has gone up to £9.50 on weekdays.

Posted by Neil Keenan on 04/06/2000
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