England’s newest championship golf course will open next week Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in County Durham.
Called the Ramside ‘Cathedral Course’ it’s named after nearby Durham Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and this 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.
On July 5th, 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 complete 18-hole course will open in September after the warmer summer months have helped new fairways and rough grass to bed in around the whole course.
As well as taking inspiration from one of Britain’s greatest buildings, the course has its own ‘Amen Corner’ with holes 12-14 inspired by those at Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters.