For more than 125 years, Newcastle United Golf Club has welcomed golfers to the moorland a stone’s throw from the heart of the North East’s biggest city.
While the club’s origins date back to 1892 and to a course laid out on the Town Moor by Tom Morris Snr, today it occupies a course on Nuns Moor, which was opened in 1973.
Measuring 6,600 yards from the back tees and with a par of 72, the course is a regular host of Northumberland County Golf Union events and matches – including a number of memorable County Championships – the last won by James Wilson in 2020.
A formidable test in the height of summer, the moorland course is defended by its tall rough; long par fours and fives; and challenging, undulating greens and continues to present a stern test of golfing skill and serve as a proving ground for champions.
Hole 1 – Doon The Dip – Par 4 – SI 8
A blind second shot to a green guarded with two front bunkers.
Another generous sized fairway usually played into the prevailing wind. A bunker awaits at about 210 yards from the tee. A good drive will normally mean a long to medium iron into the green.
Hole 3 – The Ostrich – Par 4 – SI 17
A short hole with a slight dogleg to the left. The sensible option off the tee is a fairway wood or long iron, which will help avoid the fairway bunkers and leave a short iron to the green. For the longer hitters, there is a gamble to take on the green aiming the drive over the left hand bunker.
Hole 4 – Little Curl – Par 3 – SI 15
Hole 5 – The Ditch – Par 4 – SI 14
Hole 6 – Hookers Horror – Par 5 – SI 5
This slight right to left par 5 usually plays downwind and can often be reached in two for the longer hitters. With a narrow green, an accurate shot in is required to avoid the bunkers left and right.
Hole 7 – West Wind – Par 3 – SI 16
Hole 8 – The Long Haul – Par 4 – SI 1
This long par 4 often plays into the prevailing wind and a bunker waits up the right side of the fairway to catch an errant drive. A good second shot with a long iron or fairway wood will be needed in order to reach a long two tier green.
Hole 9 – Hedgerow – Par 5 – SI 4
Hole 10 – Racetrack – Par 5 – SI 10
Another long par 5 that is often played downwind. The ideal drive will be down the ‘racetrack’ on the right hand side, where maximum distance will be gained. Two bunkers left and right guard the narrow green.
Hole 11 – The Riggs – Par 4 – SI 13
An decent drive will leave a short shot into a green surrounded by small mounds.
Hole 12 – Centenary Corner – Par 4 – SI 7
A severe right to left dogleg par 4, where a drive with a fairway wood, aimed slightly left of the marker post, will leave an ideal shot into the green. Accuracy with the second shot is important as two pot bunkers are placed either side of the green.
Hole 13 – Hill View – Par 5 – SI 12
A short par 5 with out of bounds all of the way up the left hand side and deep rough to the right. Fairway is very undulating with a strong links feel about it. Two good shots will see a short iron in to the green.
Hole 14 – The Chip In – Par 3 – SI 6
Hole 15 – The Basin – Par 3 – SI 18
Hole 16 – Dynamite – Par 4 – SI 9
Hole 17 – Nuns Moor – Par 4 – SI 11
The ideal drive will be placed down the left hand side of the fairway in order to give the best line into the green and avoid the deep rough on the right. A links style fairway and an undulating green where two putting can be tricky.