Close House Golf Club: Hosts for the British Masters 2020
An Impressive Golf Course Near the Heart of Newcastle
Close House golf course is situated on the North East Coast of England, approximately 15 minutes away from Newcastle’s city centre. The golf course itself sits between acres of breath-taking scenery and provides stunning views of the River Tyne Valley, the Colt course in particular is bordered by Hadrian’s Wall.
In 2011, Close House opened the Lee Westwood Filly course and the Lee Westwood ‘Championship’ Colt course – the only Lee Westwood-designed golf courses that exist.
The filly course has 18 USGA specification greens, is a great 6034yds in length and a par 70 from the medal tees, providing a challenge for even the most seasoned golfers. Just 6 years on from its opening, the 18-hole Lee Westwood Colt Course had the privilege of becoming the official venue for Betfred’s British Masters and had already ranked in The Top 100 golf courses almost immediately after its opening.
These two courses at Close House are considered some of the best in the country. The Westwood Colt course currently ranks at 88th in the UK and is a firm favourite for many with its true greens and architectural brilliance. Both courses were inspired by architect mastermind Harry Colt, with the rectangular tees, the bunker forms, and the variety in Par threes all borrowing from his thematic signature.
So, whether you’re visiting Close House to play on one of the finest British courses, or to witness great golfers put on a show during the 2020 British Masters you’re certain to have a wonderful time at this prestigious golf club.
More about Close House
Close House was built in 1779 but the estate dates back almost 800 years, to the early thirteenth century. It was originally for the private use of the Bewicke family, until the early part of the twentieth century when their wealth began to diminish and the house was mortgaged.
The University of Newcastle sold the entire Close House Estate to Graham Wylie in 2004. He re-opened Close House as a hotel and golf course in 2005 and since then the property has gone through a series of redevelopments. They are also the only PGA Golf Academy in the North East of England, and as a centre of distinction for golf, they provide outstanding teaching and coaching facilities.
Close House hosted the British Masters for the first time in 2017 and it resulted in a Irish 1-2, with Paul Dunne delivering an incredible 61 in the closing round to claim the British Masters title.
The property also has a number of luxurious accommodations: Courtyard Rooms, The Lodge and The Pavilion. Each facility accommodates a different number of guests and all provide views of the lush surroundings.
Close House Hospitality
Close House will host the British Masters this year and VIP hospitality packages are available for their state-of-the-art No.19 restaurant, which is an ideal place to entertain your guests and enjoy the finest foods.
These packages, that offer the highest level of service in a charming and serene setting ensure that your experience at the British Masters 2020 will be like no other, regardless of the occasion.
If you’re interested in this highly anticipated tournament, find hospitality tickets and packages on our British Masters Hospitality page. For more information leading up to the big event, follow our British Masters News page.
The Lookers Junior Masters Final will also be held at Close House on Monday 28th October 2019 on the Lee Westwood ‘Championship’ Colt course.
The first Junior Masters tournament was held at Close House in 2017. Following from the success of that event, Close House will now annually hold the tournament each year.
Aside from golf, there is much to do in the area surrounding Close House. The most obvious being visiting Hadrian’s Wall and the Saxon Church of St. Andrews. Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and functioned as the northern frontier of the mighty Roman empire.
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts is also a must-see facility and is the largest contemporary art institution of its kind in the world.
Anyone who travels to the Newcastle area should also make a trip to see one of its most iconic sights – The Angel of the North, which offers visitors with panoramic views of the city.