Haltwhistle Golf Course
Haltwhistle Golf Course, Carlisle, North West, England, CA8 7HN
01697 747367 | Golf course website
4 reviews of Haltwhistle Golf Course
We played Haltwhistle 28.6.10 and unfortunately it has to be the worse course I've ever played. There's nothing at all interesting in my opinion with only one hole being memorable and that was the 4th. Although it was only £8 to play it's just like playing a farmers field and the greens were terrible. Almost like putting on someones garden lawn. Sorry Haltwhistle but I certainly won't be returning! Overall 2 out of 10
Played on Monday 28 June 2010, during a 2 day golf trip with my brother and his workmates. What a place to play in many different ways, very obscure to find but once there its stuck in time! Old mobile clubhouse, no vending or drinks, bar closed (prior arrangement for that so I am told). The course itself is a good test, we had calm conditions but can imagine it being hard in windy conditions, small greens so be accurate some shared with two holes. Kept ok for the place it is situated not many playing when we were there, It must of been 9 originaly as from hole 4 there are some decent looking holes all be it the greens were a bit burnt but considering there is a drought at the moment I putted quite well on them. I dont think I would return but pleased I have played and chalked off my list and was inces away from an ace on the par 3 18th so all good.
Playing Haltwhistle feels like you are stepping back in time. When we played it on a warm spring day (although it was a bit windy - I suspect its always pretty windy up here!) we were one of only 2 groups on the course. From 4:30 onwards other filtered onto the course but for the first dozen holes it felt like millionaires golf played in splendid isolation. The clubhouse is small and basic and we paid via an honesty box. No staff were around and in fact I did'nt see any staff all day. This left me fearing the condition would be a bit ropey. But far from it the turf was beautiful to play off and the greens were fine to put on. However you are on the edge of high moorland and I imagine conditions on cold wet windy days must make golf very hard indeed. The views are spectacular in all directions with a lovely ruined castle overlooking the course. The par 3 1st is a hard start and things stay pretty hard as you make your way round. I suspect a lot of local knowledge is needed on and around the greens and your best bet is to play most holes as though you were on a links and play low running approaches. At £16 a round the course is good value for money and will test both your game and the hilly holes at the far end of the course will also test your legs.
It's a very delightful course. Tricky and challenging (according to my single handicapped playing partner). Magnificent, breathtaking views all around. "Postage stamps" sized greens. The fairways are immaculately maintained; easy on the legs to walk you can't fail to notice how spongy it feels like walking on carpets. There are bunkers of course but they aren't nastily positioned as I haven't been in any in all the 36 holes we've played. Despite strong winds and a little bit of rain we still got a lot of energy left. At £16.00 on 2-FORE-1 all day ticket you will never find so beautiful and enjoyable course like this anywhere in UK. (if you know one let me know!!) The locals are so friendly. There's no daily regular caterer but you are more than welcome to bring your own food and drink in their clubhouse. We will be back again definitely before the year is out to play 36 holes for sure. Visit this course; you won't be disappointed and you'll surely want to come back again.
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