July opening for golf course

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A HOTEL has hopes its newest course will suit golfers to a tee.

Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Durham will open the North East’s newest championship golf course next month.

It has been called the Cathedral Course and is named in honour of nearby Durham Cathedral, which can be seen from the third hole, the stretch between the eighth and the 11th and again when playing the 15th and 16th holes.

The 7,200 yard par 72 parkland course has been designed by Jonathan Gaunt of Gaunt Golf Design, the architect of Ramside’s original 27 holes in 1994, and is the only new championship standard 18-hole golf course to open in England this year.

The course will be opened in two phases.

On Saturday, July 5, a loop of nine holes will open for play including holes one to three, eight and nine, then holes 10, 16, 17 and 18. The opening will allow visitors and members of the golf club to choose from 27 holes of golf including Ramside’s original Prince Bishops Course. The complete 18-hole course will open in September.