New Ramside course has its own Amen Corner

RAMSIDE Hall Hotel and Golf Club in  County Durham will open England’s newest championship course next month.


RamsideThe Cathedral Course and is named in honour of nearby Durham Cathedral – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which is clearly visible from hole three, the stretch between the eighth and the 11th and again when playing the 15th and 16th holes.

The 7,200 yard par 72 parkland course has been designed by Jonathan Gaunt of Gaunt Golf Design, the architect of Ramside’s original 27 holes in 1994, and is the only new championship standard 18-hole golf course to open in England this year.

Ramside Golf Club is opening the course in two phases. On July 5, a loop of nine holes will open for play including holes one to three, eight and nine, then holes 10, 16, 17 and 18.

The soft opening enables visitors and members of the golf club to choose from 27 holes of golf including Ramside’s original Prince Bishops Course.

The complete 18-hole course will open in September after the warmer summer months have helped new fairways and fescue rough grass to bed in around the whole course.

Jonathan Gaunt, said: “Since the first site inspection in 1997 this has been a special project to work on and it is hugely rewarding to see Ramside’s long term vision realised. Not only is the course situated on an exceptional piece of land comprising a rolling valley with a coursing beck, a wide open hilltop plateau and secluded wooded parkland, it also has views over two iconic North East landmarks – Durham Cathedral and the Angel of the North.”

As well as taking inspiration from one of Britain’s greatest religious buildings, the course has its own Amen Corner with holes 12-14 inspired by those at Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters tournament.

The Cathedral course is influenced heavily by its location on the doorstep of Durham City but also by one of the world’s greatest golf courses, Augusta National, home of The Masters.

The new golf course is part of a £15m development taking place at Ramside Hall which includes a 47-bedroom expansion of the four star hotel, construction of 34 executive residential homes, a new health club, gym, 25 metre swimming pool, spa, restaurant and beauty salon. Work is currently underway on the hotel expansion, spa and health club and completion is planned for early 2015.


Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club


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