New Woll Estate Stay And Play Review

Jeremy Ellwood discovers this lovely spot in the Scottish borders

New Woll Estate Stay And Play Review

Jeremy Ellwood discovers this lovely spot in the Scottish borders

New Woll Estate Stay And Play Review

Par 70, 6,010 yards

Greenfee: £20-£40 per round

The story of New Woll is a heartwarming one, with the current owners buying the estate almost on a whim in 2001 and gradually developing both course and clubhouse.

The course, which grew from nine to 18 holes as part of that, enjoys a delightful valley setting which reminded me of Sedbergh in Cumbria.

The opener doglefts sharply left over a free-flowing river, while the 4th - the longest hole - tees off from an elevated perch looking out towards the distant moors as you head to the furthest point.

There are some splendid holes around the turn, including the testing 10th flanked by a dyke on the right, and the run for home from the 14th is strong.

The 15th is a well-bunkered, self-contained uphill one-shotter, while the magnificent par-4 16th serves up an inviting tee-shot down to a fairway that sweeps to the right late on.

Also play... The James Braid Course at Hawick (hawickgolfclub.com) enjoys an elevated setting and offers up some glorious views.

Accomodation

There are six lovely four-star self-catering properties at New Woll looking out over the golf course, some very close to that elevated 16th tee.

New Woll Estate Stay And Play Review

One of the self-catering properties

All the properties feature spacious living areas with open-plan lounges, real oak-wood floors and natural stone feature walls and fireplaces.

There are beautiful grounds to explore and all the properties are just a short drive or stroll from the excellent clubhouse, where the Woll restaurant and bar serves excellent-quality food that attracts many non-golfing visitors, as well as golfers.

The clubhouse is spacious and airy and looks out over the opening and closing holes.

The story of New Woll is a real feel-good one and perhaps best of all, golf is free throughout the course of your stay.

Where else... The Borders Abbeys Way is a circular walk split into five sections, taking in four abbeys and seven Borders towns (bordersabbeysway.com).

Best Deal

Three nights self-catering breaks in the summer cost £669 per property for up to four people, with all golf free throughout.

Low-season prices start from £415 per property for three nights.

Where

The New Woll Estate lies in the Ale Valley just off the A7 in the village of Ashkirk, halfway between Selkirk and Hawick in the Scottish borders.

Checklist

Buggy hire: £22 per round

Trolley hire: £3 per round

Power trolley hire: N/A

Club hire: £6/£9 per round/day

Driving range: No (but one half a mile away)

Putting green: Yes

Short-game area: Yes

Pro shop: Small shop at reception

Changing rooms: Yes

Sky TV: No

Price of a pint: From £3.60

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf


Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response