12 reviews of Seaton Carew Golf Club
this is a must-play golf course. i went to play this course after having a bit of a links-craving immediately after the open 2011 and, having never played links before, wasn't disappointed. the many, many deep bunkers and vast dunes ensured the experience was all very coastal and linksy'. the one small snag was that on the layout we played (old course), we never caught sight of the sea.
the pros were very accommodating on arrival and were just as friendly once we had finished and (more significantly) paid.
where 2-4-1s are accepted and as officially the 59th best course in england, this really is one not to be missed.
17th may 2010, on our way home from scotland , pro was hell of a nice lad who couldnt do enough for us, day before they had the seaton salver,so the course was set up for the brabazon , which is thoughest set up they have, we all loved this course, it punished a poor shot but also credited a good shot, greens nice fast true, a good true test of golf also up there with some of the best links ive played, carnt wait to go back, be prepeared to lose a few balls ,not a weak hole on course we played, great finish to the tour, not 1 of us played to our handicaps which was the 1st time all week, seaton carew is a credit to the green staff that put in all the hard work
we played seaton carew on the 14th september and my over all memories of the course are very good.
we arrived on a damp, cold and breezy morning and checked in at the very well stocked pro shop. the pro was friendly and helpful but didnt mention the work been done to the 1st green. needless to say we played to a temporary green which didnt start the round well!!
the rest of the course was a true links type course. 9 out and 9 back and the only real down side to the course is the scenery! on your way around the 1st 9 youre surrounded by all the industrial works spewing cloud after cloud of waste out. its a real pity, because if you could put the same course in the scottish borders region you would have an open qualifier contender.
the greens were beautiful and a pleasure to putt on and the fairways had a good run on them if you struck the ball well. i think either the 12th or 13th were probably my favourite holes but in all honestly there wasnt really a bad hole on the course.
two things that will definately stick in my mind is the stench from the sewage works coming up the 17th and 18th holes and the 13 and 16 shots one of my playing partners had on the 11th and 13th holes. the rough can be VERY punishing and some of the bunkers are VERY deep!
overall 8.5 out of 10
Played carew on Minday 14 September 2009. What a good course this is, on arrival greated by a pleasant pro in shop which got the day off to a good statr. Clubhouse quite big as looks small from outside, the course its self is a real test especially as first time visitors, greens were immaculate if a bit firm so hard to stick the ball, some were being hollotined as we arrived. The fairways are tight as you would expect from a links course and the rough quite thick in places so stay well clear. The only blot on the day was the chemical plant in the background on front 9 but once you turned to come home you could of been in scotland! There is a sewerage pland heading up to the 17 & 18 holes which can be quite a welcome when your wanting to smell some home cooking coming from the clubhouse, so be warned!! All in all a great course which I would have no hesitation visiting again and recommending to fellow friends
I have been a member of seaton 4 2 years now when i first played the course it was very trickey, luckily i have seemed to get used to the course and it is very easy as i no where to hit the ball and where to land the ball on the greens, as i sed for a first time vistor it WILL BE HARD. the arrow fairways and the fast greens hard to cope with, but seaton is a true test for all differnt golfers. One good side, when ever i go and play at junior opens i always seem to do well!
I played at Seaton in the 2nd Division County Championship on a very windy day. First impressions are favourable. Good clubhouse faclities fairly priced. The practice facilities are adequate. The course from the white tees on this day was Brutal. The fairways were good if you could stay on them, the bunkers were consistent and the greens were fast and hard to read. The distance markers did not inspire confidence, some of those 150yd markers were more like 175yds+, I don't think it was just the effects of the wind.
The real downside is the eyesore that is the Teesside chemical industry. The good news is that the coastal views do compensate.
Having played some great links courses e.g. Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Enniscronne, Donegal Murvagh, RossaPenna and many others in Northern Ireland and Donegal (Eire) Seaton is no more than an average links course. However, in the North East it is a gem. Would I go back? Only after checking the weather forecast
I have been a member at Seaton for 1 year "wot" a great course non better in the area.Its a challenge every time you play the conditions change as you play its a classic links not for the faint hearted.Not a long course however you have to be accurate off the tee if you wayward bring a couple of dozen balls you will need them all.
i am a member at seaton and at the moment the course is in satasfactory state seven of the greens have been took of a temps put on the tees have been put back to there orginal places and there is no teeing up any more. the greens that are on a in vgood condition the course is about a 4*.
i played here last year in the Seaton Salver and i have played there as much as possible ever since the course is in good conditon but the greens are going under some repair but the rest of the course is in excelent condition.it is a 5* course.
i played this course in the junior open last year with not many lads there it was much of a challenge but i enjoyed this course because i found if i made a mistake i could make up for it on the next hole.not a course for big hitters but you have to be accurate off the tee i will b bak this year to compete in the open.
Having recently played the old course layout at Seaton Carew I wanted to give my strongest recommendation. This is definitely a course for the purest. Played on what I would imagine was one of the many windy days in this area, the trip back to the clubhouse from the nineth was incredibly difficult but nonethelesss enjoyable. Forget the view of the Petro chemical works this is a superb old links. This being my first time a Seaton Carew it was, unlike many links courses very fair, no real blind shots, just the requirement to think your way round and play solid shots. My favorite hole was the 12th on the old course "Mashie", you just have to hit the green there is no bail out. You won't find a better way to spend £26.
If you like to play golf in its original form on a windswept links course, then you will love Seaton. If you like lush manicured fairways, soft receptive greens and picture postcard views, go somewhere else. Seaton is a great course, certainly the best I have played in the North East (I have only seen Slaley, not played it yet), and is challenging to say the least. The Brabazon layout (the best) is long, the undulating fairways are reasonably wide but the punishment for missing them is severe, and the large greens are usually hard and lightning quick. There are plenty of bunkers, gorse and whins to further hamper progress. All the classic ingredients. The only downside is the view across the Tees estuary to the industrial horrors of Teeside (none of which were there when the course was opened in 1874).
Take plenty of balls, an extra jumper and try to stay calm when your ball refuses to come out of the wiry rough, and you will have a great day out.
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