It was not long before the Colt Course achieved UK Top 100 status in various UK publications and websites, while the first landmark tournament was held at the club in 2015 when a PGA Seniors Tour event was won by Peter Fowler.
Two years later, the 2017 British Masters, hosted by Westwood, became the first Tour event to be held in the North East since the 2005 Seve Trophy. Over 68,000 fans were on-site throughout the week, with Paul Dunne eventually winning the tournament with a final hole chip-in to beat runner-up Rory McIlroy.
The Junior Masters was also held at the same time, giving youngsters the chance to play on the Filly Course during the tournament week. This initiative, which has been staged since 2017, has also allowed the Close House professionals to deliver coaching to more than 1,000 school children each year.
As a part of the club’s exceptional achievements, Sir Graham Wylie was knighted in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and charity, while the same year saw the Betfred British Masters return to Close House, which was once again hosted by Westwood.
Alongside the two championship golf courses, Close House is home to a par-3 course and the north east’s only PGA Golf Academy. It also offers a restaurant and 21 guest rooms and suites, making it ideal for golf breaks.
For more details on the latest golf break packages and golf bookings, visit www.closehouse.com.