The Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Resort is situated on the outskirts of Durham City and owned by Ramside Estates Ltd, the largest privately owned hospitality group in North East England.
The construction of the Cathedral Course at Hilltop Farm was completed in Autumn 2013 (much of the course construction work was done by M J Abbott). An access tunnel has been built to connect holes #1, #2, #3, #17 and #18 on the hotel side of Pittington Lane (west) with holes #3 to #16 on the Hilltop Farm land (east).
These two sides of the course are dramatically different – on the hotel side – holes #1 and #2 and #17 and #18 are within a sheltered parkland setting, with open water features and tall, mature trees. On the “Hilltop” land the holes have great character and variety – some are on the top of the hill (holes #3, #8 – #11, #15 and #16) with dramatic 360 degree views of the Durham County landscape – exposed to the prevailing wind and weather. The holes in the valley, alongside the fast-flowing Sherburn and Pittington Becks, are more sheltered and more undulating due to the steep terrain. This has provided the opportunity to shape some truly stunning holes (#4 to #7 and #12 to #14 – Ramside’s own “Amen Corner”) through a wilder and more isolated part of the site.
The golfer will be challenged in every way, no matter the handicap or ability – there are multiple teeing positions on every hole, allowing the course to play from a friendly 5500 yards right up to 7200 yards for the Category 1 and professional golfer.
The Cathedral Course opened for play in 2015.
Click here to read Q&A interview with Jonathan about the golf course development at Ramside, published in Global Golfer.
Click here to read the latest Press Release about the Opening of Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club – published by Golf Course Architecture.
Photo Credit: Mark Alexander Photography