What we say
Better known as Berwick-upon-Tweed, Goswick Links is one of the best – and most challenging – golf courses in the north of England.
The list of big-name courses that elicit less pleasure than Goswick links is not a short one.
This James Braid design is in the ‘Next 100’ of our GB&I ranking but would surely not be of place were it to join the illustrious names in the main list and sits well inside the century of the finest GB&I Links.
Goswick (which means Goose Farm in old English) might have begun life in 1890, but at 6,803 yards it can still comfortably challenge even the strongest player – a point illustrated by its status as a Open qualifier from 2008 to 2012 and its return to the rota in 2018.
It lies six miles south of the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed (the club’s full name), so describing it as a traditional Scottish links sounds less daft.
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That is what it is; there is nothing fancy about anything here, from the car park and signs, to the clubhouse and its grand links. It sits between the railway line and the North Sea, but is a quarter of a mile inland and the vast dunes between the links and the beach makes you wonder at the course that could be created in those sand hills.
The 1st runs east towards those dunes as it plays to an elevated green that offers a good view of the property.
The green of the short 2nd has an attractive green site, with slopes everywhere; on the green, around it, and beyond it. It assures that this will be a round to savour, and from this lofty position it is back down to the lower land to holes defined by small dune ridges and waving fescue. There is almost certain to be a breeze blowing over the exposed site and likely to be a train hurtling past. There is gorgeous turf and revetted bunkers (there are also some marram-fringed ones) too); Goswick has the full links DNA.
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Its best stretch begins on the 12th. The drive there might be relatively mundane but it ends on a splendid inverted-saucer green and from it you see the appeal of the 13th, a pretty short hole that plays into the corner of the site, at the point that is as close to the beach as you get.
Turning for home, the expertly-bunkered 14th plays to a green sitting at the foot of a dune to the left and a mound on the right. Partially blind, it requires the use of a bell –another of ‘links’ box ticked.
This terrific run ends with a gripping downhill par 3 to a bowl green surrounded by bunkers. Its elevated tee, like that of the strong par-5 17th, offers panoramic views of this southern section of a links few would not enjoy.
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- Address Beal, , BERWICK-UPON-TWEED
- Tel 01289 387256
- Website www.goswicklinksgc.co.uk
|Course Length||6,631 yards (6,063 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course does not have: Buggy Hire
- Course does not have: Driving Range
- Course does not have: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course does not have: Dress Code
- Course does not have: Club Hire
- Course does not have: Handicap
A real classic links course, always playable any time of the year. Great layout, with the first and tenth tees being right next to the clubhouse, handy if you just fancy a quick nine. One of the fairest links courses where you are usually rewarded for hitting a good shot. Just as much fun in the winter where you play from different tees to normal greens. Really easy to find, about two miles off the A1 just south of berwick upon tweed.
Stunning, simply stunning! Great golf course, a really great test of golf in fantastic condition, it's only this price because of where it is which is a little out of the way, if this was on south coast you could treble the fees easily! If you're heading north make this a stop over on the way, we did just that on the way to St Andrews and it was one of the highlights of the trip.