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The venue for the 2019 Tour will be Slaley Hall in Northumberland. It has two superb courses - The Hunting and the Priestman.
The complex was considered good enough to be in the frame for hosting the 2010 Ryder Cup which eventually went to Celtic Manor in Wales. So that in itself speaks volumes for the quality we are about to experience. A former Devere Hotel it now is part of the QHotel Chain. Everybody speaks very highly of both the Hotel and the golf facilities.
Check out Slaley Hall website by following the link above. Meanwhile, I have extracted some reviews of the two courses from various bodies. All more or less say the same thing.
The Hunting Course is considered the better of the two and offers picturesque views across some fabulous countryside. Both have plenty of trees and lakes to avoid and offer a great game of golf.
Most of the reviews say that both courses are better second time round and the front nine of the Hunting is a real tough test. We shall have to wait and see.
All more or less say that it takes about 5 hours to complete a round on both courses so they do appear to be long courses. Many reviews recommend a Buggy if your not a very good walker.
Many reviewers say that the courses contain a few holes with doglegs which I know some of you don’t like. But, at least we are playing one of the courses twice, so it will be better second time round.
It appears that the best club in the bag for our Tour will be a Course Planner to navigate all the hazards. I believe that many of us got caught out at St Pierre not knowing our hazards and distances to them. So, you have been warned and no excuses in 2019.
All say that the staff throughout the complex are amazing and only too happy to help.
Early reminder that you have to play 3 Society Days in the Year before we go, to qualify for the Tour Trophies.
The Hotel is situated within more than 1,000 acres of secluded Northumberland moorland. The courses sitting in the shadow of a grand Edwardian Hotel, both the Hunting and the Priestman courses live up to their surroundings to present a truly magnificent golfing experience.
Designed by Dave Thomas, whose portfolio also includes the Brabazon Course at The Belfry, the Hunting Course is typified by lush fairways woven through avenues of heather and woodland.
The quality of Slaley Hall’s elder layout has been illustrated by the fact the course was selected as the venue for the 2011 Seniors PGA Championship. The Priestman Course meanwhile, is a Neil Coles design that has already matured into a European Tour Venue.
Immaculately presented with stunning views of the Tyne Valley accompanying you throughout, this is a truly unforgettable challenge.
TOUR CAPTAIN 2019
TOUR CAPTAIN 2019
Water features are another scenic element of the Priestman, though precision is essential to ensuring they remain picturesque rather than penal.
A fully equipped driving range, golf academy, buggy and club hire are among the amenities available to complement our Annual Tour to this most memorable of golfing venues.