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Hexham Golf Club
A traditional parkland course on fast draining land on the south side of the River Tyne, Hexham Golf Club is a tough enough test of golf to regularly host County events, yet at 6,312 from the medal tees it is enjoyable for club golfers of all standards. The greens are regularly amongst the best in the County, and the views over the confluence of the North and South Tyne and surrounding countryside are stunning.
One of the interesting things about Hexham is that the first and last holes require some tough decisions and can decide what sort of round you will have. Even if you've started well the 18th hole can be in the back of your mind as you wonder whether risking trying for a birdie on the last.
Certainly the first hole is a major deal and in particular the tee shot. It is a par five hole but can be reached in two. Imagine the thrill of getting an eagle on the first hole! Do you get the driver out and go for it, risking going out of bounds, or play safe and take par? It really forces you into a test of confidence straight away.
Every green will be a challenge to the players. There are a lot of subtle borrows and they play very quick. The greens have a habit of catching a lot of people out so they should study the contours carefully before making their putts.
Spital Park, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3RZ