No 91 - Seaton Carew

Seaton Carew is the 10th oldest club in England. It is great value and undoubtedly the north-east’s star links


Architect: Mackenzie 2006 position: 58 Stats: 6,633 yds; par 71; SSS 72 GF: £37-£58 T: 01429 266249 W: Seaton Carew is the 10th oldest club in England and is most unusual in that it has 22 holes offering up five different configurations, with the Old and the Brabazon the most common.

While there is no doubt that this is a well-laid-out and stern test of golf, with a number of dramatic shots, the conditioning can be a little disappointing with greens not quite on a par with those at many links courses, accounting for its drop in the rankings.

This is a shame as with a little TLC, it could be a hugely enjoyable links.

That said, it is great value and undoubtedly the north-east’s star links. RS

+ Friendly club; good value fees; 22 holes give lots of layout options - Industrial surroundings; not in the best condition

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Rob Smith
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