You can now plan your visit to Barnard Castle Golf Club and see what awaits you with our course map. Follow the link to take a course tour with a detailed map of each hole and helpful tips from our resident professional Darren Pearce.
A delightful par 4 measuring just 283 yards (white tees) eases you into the round. However, a meandering stream all the way down the left tends to push you out to the right with your iron or fairway wood from the tee. If you go too far right, you can be blocked by trees, making the next shot difficult as you have to cross the stream to reach the oval green.
A short uphill par 5 played into the prevailing wind. A good drive off the tee is needed to reach the top of the bank. Favour the right side as a longer carry is needed to reach the top of the bank on the left. Out of bounds runs up the left for your second shot with heavy rough on the right together with a well placed fairway bunker. The fairly narrow green is protected by bunkers both right and left.
This hole plays shorter than its 162 yards (white tees) due to the prevailing wind. In front of the green is a pond, a road and a large tree with overhanging branches which can push you to the right where a fairly deep bunker awaits the mishit shot. The large undulating green can cause problems when putting.
Although you encounter the stream twice on this hole, it should not come into play off the tee but watch out for the fairway bunker on the left edge of the fairway. There are trees on both sides but there is ample room between. The second shot to the raised green crosses the stream again and the green is further protected by a bunker front right.
This dogleg left hole requires a well struck tee shot as two fairway bunkers are well placed both left and right. A wayward tee shot may find trees on the left or heavy rough on the right so keep the drive straight to leave a shot over the stream to a green sloping from right to left. The green has bunkers both right and left but don’t miss the green to the right.
The 6th is stroke index 2 and measures 534 yards. A narrow fairway flanked by trees means that driving accuracy is essential as is the second shot with a fairway wood. The approach to the green is well guarded by a large bunker on the left and two smaller ones on the right. This hole plays long into the prevailing wind.
This long par 4 is a dogleg left with a semi-blind tee shot. A fairway bunker on the left can be carried by the bigger hitters but beware heavy rough both left and right. For most golfers the marker post identifies the line. The green is relatively flat and firm making the shot into the green sometimes difficult to hold with the wind behind. The green is further protected by bunkers front left and right of the green.
This is a lovely par 3 at 184 yards (white tees) played through a funnel of trees to a large undulating green. Bunker’s at the front left and right guard the green and if the flag is at the back on the top tier it demands your best shot of the day to get close as the green slopes right to left and the wind normally blows in the same direction across the green.
This is a short par 5 with a generous landing area for your tee shot. Long hitters can easily reach the green in two shots but, for most, a decision has to be made as to whether you can clear the stream in the hollow at about 80 yards short of the green. Higher handicap players may choose to lay up to the top of the bank short of the hollow to leave an iron shot of some 130 yards to the green. Once on the green, the slope is back left to front right.
This is a par 4, stroke index 1, at 424 yards into the prevailing wind. The hole is a slight dogleg to the left with trees lining the whole left edge of the fairway. Keeping the ball right from the tee presents the best view of the green for the second shot. The green is closely protected by trees on the left and a bunker to the right.
Another par 3 through the funnel of trees, slightly uphill to a raised green but beware the prevailing wind taking your ball right. The green is guarded by four bunkers, two on each side, and slopes from back to front. Please ring the bell on completing the hole.
A short par 4 awaits you at the 12th. From the tee, accuracy is more important than distance due to large trees down both sides of the fairway. A tee shot to the right side of the fairway leaves a clear shot to the green between the trees but beware the stream on the right.
This is a long, straight par 5, usually into the wind. Trees and rough line the fairways to the left with a number of fairway bunkers right. The green is fairly narrow and is protected by bunkers short left and right and one to the right side.
This is another short par 5 which is reachable in two for the big hitters. Out of bounds down the left tends to push you right and a splash bunker can catch the shorter hitters or mishits. Once over the rise, the landing area is generous and leaves a slightly downhill shot to the green but beware another fairway bunker to the right. On the approach shot to the green land the ball short and it generally runs on but anything just off the right of the green may end up in the greenside bunker.
This 368 yard par 4 is trickier than it looks. The drive from the tee should carry the first stream but has to avoid the out of bounds down the left, bunkers either side of the fairway and a second bunker slightly further down the right. The small green is guarded at the front and short by the second stream.
A dangerous tee shot at this right-angle dogleg par 4 poses the question “do I cut the corner or play to the corner?” Whichever option you choose, you must commit to the shot. Another stream must be crossed to reach the green which slopes from back to front and a tee shot to the right of the trees is out of bounds.
This is the signature hole at Barnard Castle Golf Club. The stream runs across at about 170 yards and can be seen all the way up the left side of the fairway and to the right of the green. Avoid the large tree just short of the stream on the left by placing your tee shot on the right portion of the fairway. A difficult approach shot over the stream to a narrow green, with out of bounds tight left, will test even the strongest nerve – especially those with a good card.
The par 3 18th, at 211 yards (white tees), is a tough closing hole requiring a long iron or wood to reach the green. Bunkers left and right of the approach to the green mean that your tee shot has to be accurate or you will be faced with a tough chip to this raised green.