The Club House,
Brancepeth, Co. Durham DH7 8A
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few (steepish) slopes to climb
Woodland and rural countryside.
23 miles S of Newcastle upon Tyne.
From the A1(M) take exit 62 and follow the A690 direction Durham. From the centre of Durham continue to follow the A690 direction Crook. After 4.6 mls you will enter Brancepeth; 200 yards after the Brancepeth village sign, turn left into Brancepeth Castle. After 100 yards turn left just in front of the castle gates. Follow single track road for o.5 miles to golf, which is on your right.
Brancepeth Castle Golf Club: With a clubhouse occupying the former stable block of the neighbouring and very solid looking Brancepeth Castle, your first impression might belie the treat that awaits out on the golf course. Most holes are arranged on a partly wooded plateau, giving wonderful views onto the surrounding Durham countryside.
The "furrowed" fairways are not too constricting and lead to usually excellent and well-paced greens; the bunkering around them is more strategic than excessive or exuberant. Two back-to-back par-3s at the 9th and 10th bring you closest to the castle, which is where the course's main elevation changes occur. Elevation change is also the case at the other three par-3s.
Although not one of Harry Colt's most renowned designs, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable and testing course, usually found in its best condition between May and October (when the ash tree in front of the clubhouse is in leaf!).
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Brancepeth Castle GC has played host to many county and national amateur golf championships. The course was built in the 1920's within the grounds of the castle's deer park, which belonged to Lord Boyne.
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