Projects

Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club (The Prince Bishop’s Course)


County Durham, UK

Ramside Hall was the largest golf development in the North-East of England when it opened in April 1995. The Prince Bishops’ course is named after the warrior clergymen who ruled over the lawless North from Durham Castle after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century.

The Prince Bishop’s course was one of Jonathan’s first major designs and the client – Mike Adamson MBE, Director of Ramside Estates Ltd was a true “larger-than-life“ character, provided a challenging brief to create a hotel/resort course with large, undulating greens and numerous strategically positioned bunkers and lakes, set in historic parkland surrounding the 100-bedroom hotel. The course has spirit of adventure and features 16 water hazards, reachable par 5’s, driveable par 4’s, and short holes that demand every kind of shot-making skill – the course delivers “risk and reward” golf at its best. The course is fair to play – the fairways are wide and generous and there is a conservative option available on every hole so that any golfer can enjoy Ramside’s challenge.

Sadly, Mike Adamson is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on – he commissioned the design of the new Cathedral Course in 2006 – an 18-holes championship standard course – the “big brother” of The Prince Bishop’s Course. See separate page for details.

The Cathedral course development has resulted in two high quality 18-hole layouts, offering every golf the opportunity “to play every club in the bag” – an 18-hole golf course of over 6900 yards (The Prince Bishop’s Course), a new 18-hole course of over 7000 yards (Cathedral Course) and a 300-yard long driving range with short game practice facilities.

Photo Credit: Mark Alexander Photography