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South Moor Golf Club

18 Hole Par72 Course, Pro Shop
Our Dr Alister MacKenzie designed course is a stunning county championship venue, oozing natural charm as it winds between gorse, heather and bracken around an enticing heathland layout. Each hole presents a different challenge and golfers who like putting on large and Augusta National style greens will enjoy negotiating their undulating surfaces. This is the trademark of a genius whose portfolio also included Augusta, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne. No wonder the name Dr. Alister MacKenzie – "The Good Doctor” is forever enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

South Moor can claim to be one of only 40 heathland courses in the UK. It is partially routed through gorse, heather and birch and there are only a few such examples in the North of England. Heathland courses are more frequently found in the Home Counties, where green fees can cost well over £150. South Moor charges visitors a fraction of that.

And the price is a bargain as the course is one of the top three in the county, along with Brancepeth Castle and Seaton Carew.

It is known as a tough challenge with imposing gorse bushes eager to gather up balls. Although not long, the course is a true examination which tests every facet of the game with an emphasis on accuracy and the big and sloping MacKenzie greens requiring a great touch with the putter.

The club is keen to preserve its expanses of heather and is engaged in a programme to encourage more to grow.

The course has a feeling of space and areas of undeveloped woodland allow for a wide range of wildlife to thrive. Birds of prey including buzzards, owls, red kites and kestrels can be seen by the observant player.