Goswick

Goswick

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A championship course in every sense of the word, Goswick is situated on sublime links land just six miles south of the beautiful and historic town of Berwick upon Tweed and just an hour from Newcastle and Edinburgh. This James Braid masterpiece is widely acknowledged as a truly classic links layout, so much so, that the R&A often choose it as a regional Open qualifier, including in 2019.

The opening hole – Copse Corner – is a 392-yard par four which runs eastwards to the sea. A right to left dog-leg leaves you with a second shot to an elevated green that is guarded by a mound and bunker on the front left side.

As opening holes go it is not the easiest, but leave here with your par and you will have set yourself up for a good score.

The second is a mid-length par 3 which requires a well-struck tee-shot to clear the large grassy depression in front of the green. A bunker back-left will swallow all pulled shots, but you should be leaving this relatively easy short hole with a three on your card.
This James Braid masterpiece is widely acknowledged as a truly classic links layout, so much so, that the R&A chose it as a regional Open qualifier until 2013.

The 4th provides the first par 5 and at 545 yards, it requires three well-struck shots to reach the narrow green. A slight left-to-right hole, you should ideally leave your tee-shot to the left of the fairway to give you the best line – anything right will be eaten by the three awaiting bunkers.

Move onto the 5th and you reach ‘Pennincks Way’, a hole named after famous architect Frank following the several modifications he made to the course.

This stroke index one plays much longer than its 418 yards as it turns slightly left uphill after your tee-shot, towards a green that slopes from front-to-back and has a very narrow entrance due to bunkering on the right and a gully and deep hollow on the left.

There are few weak holes at Goswick so the remainder of the front nine and the start of the latter half should all be played with due consideration.

The closing stretch provides scoring opportunities aplenty, starting with the par-4 16th. The tee shot here is relatively straightforward and with just two small bunkers either side of the green, a well-struck second from the fairway will leave you with a decent birdie effort on the relatively flat putting surface.

The 17th provides marvellous views of the course and gives you the last of the par 5s. Find the fairway with your drive and you’re in a great position on this relatively flat, straight hole.

Anything wayward will be punished however as there are no fewer than 13 bunkers ready to gobble up off-centre hits. The green lies just behind a gravel road and between the two upright stones which give the hole its name – Stonehenge.

Turn west towards the clubhouse and you find the elevated tee of the 18th. This 269-yard par 4 is definitely the easiest hole on the course and well-hit tee-shots will be rewarded with a very short approach to the green and perhaps an easy birdie chance. The green is guarded by four bunkers, leaving plenty to think about for the longer-hitters.

There’s no doubt that Goswick is one of the UK’s best hidden gems and is well-worthy of inclusion on any golfers itinerary.