Jeremy Ellwood returns to Q Hotels’ beautiful Northumberland resort
Slaley Hall Stay And Play Review
Hunting course: par 72, 6,850 yards; Priestman course: par 72, 6,597 yards
Greenfee: £110 per round
Since my last visit they have switched the nines around on the Hunting course, which has a moorland feel in places, with beautiful azaleas and rhododendrons lining other fairways.
This makes good sense, for although the 1st is now steeply uphill, it is not overly long, and the two par 5s that follow let you open your shoulders more than on the early holes of the back nine.
It also means that the final hole is now one of the best on the course, a testing long par 4 that plays gently back up to a raised green.
There’s water to contend with near the end, too – left of the par-4 14th and then on the long par-3 15th – before three suitably stout par 4s to close things out.
The sister Priestman course allows a little more room to manoeuvre.
Also Play... Northumberland GC (thengc.co.uk), laid out inside and around Newcastle Racecourse, lies just half an hour to the east.
This tastefully extended Edwardian mansion was transformed into a fine golf hotel in the 1980s and enjoys a secluded location just south of Corbridge amid majestic countryside.
It boasts 141 spacious rooms, including nine suites or double superior rooms in both the old and new parts of the hotel.
You can upgrade to the beautiful VIQ rooms for just £45 a night, where you’ll enjoy a complimentary mini bar and other extras.
Luxury Lodges are also available. Dining options include the Edwardian elegance of the Duke’s Grill, the informality of Hadrian’s Brasserie and the excellent Claret Jug, where you can sit outside and watch the action on the 10th tee and 18th green.
The excellent health club features a well-equipped gym, a heated swimming pool and a soothing sauna, while the spa offers a wide range of treatments.
Where else… This is Hadrian’s Wall country (hadrianswallcountry.co.uk), with many places steeped in Roman history to visit close by.
One-night breaks including two rounds of golf (18 holes on each course), dinner, bed and breakfast plus 20 per cent off drinks in the Claret Jug start from £99pp.
Head south on the A68 from the A69 close to Corbridge and look out for the Slaley Hall signs.
Green fee: £110 Hunting, £65 Priestman Buggy hire: £35 per round Trolley hire: £5 per round Power trolley hire: £15 per round Club hire: £45 per round (Titleist AP1, AP2 or AP3) Driving range: From £1 for 15 balls Putting green: Yes Short-game/bunker area: Yes Pro shop: Yes, large shop Changing rooms: Yes Sky TV: Yes, in Claret Jug and certain bedrooms Wi-Fi: Yes, free throughout Price of a pint: From £4.25
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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. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
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
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