Welcome to Backworth
Backworth Golf Club was formed in 1937 - 5 years after Backworth Hall and the surrounding grounds were purchased from the Duke of Northumberland by Backworth Colliery Miners' Welfare Scheme. The history of the Welfare can be found elsewhere on this web site. The 10 hole course is set in some fine gently undulating parkland that enhances the pleasure of playing the course which features some challenging holes with natural hazards and tight greens. Although it is reasonably short at 5939 yards, the par of 71 is a good indication that it is not to be taken lightly The course is known throughout the region for its friendliness along with the tight fairways and compact greens that have proved challenging to players of all abilities. New members and visitors alike are assured of a warm down-to-earth welcome at Backworth Golf Club
Course Guide (Yardages from the White (Back) Tees)
Hole 1 (306 yards) Quite an easy par 4 to start your round, possibly leaving the driver in your bag. There are bunkers on the right side of the fairway and the green is protected by ponds and two bunkers. Out of bounds to the left. A long iron to the centre of the fairway then a chip to the green.
Hole 2 (375 yards) A reasonable long par 4 with out of bounds to the left. Fairway bunkers on both sides of the fairway. A drive to the centre of the fairway leaves a mid iron shot to the green which is protect by 2 bunkers. Beware hitting long as there is a ditch behind the green.
Hole 3 (141 yards) Probably the signature hole at Backworth. A nice par 3 to a green protected by 3 bunkers.
Hole 4 (399 yards) A par 4 played into a prevailing head wind. A long straight drive will avoid the fairway bunkers. One of the larger greens with bunkers on the right, the left and the back of the green
Hole 5 (481 yards) A par 5 on the front nine. A drive through a narrow gap, landing between the two "mounds", leaves a long iron or a fairway wood to a narrow entrance green. A birdie opportunity for long hitters.
Hole 6 (126 yards) A Par 3 and the shortest hole on the course. There is a bunker short of the green and a further 4 greenside.
Hole 7 (505 yards) A par 5 and the longest hole on the course. A straight drive will be rewarded. Care should be taken with the second shot to avoid the 3 bunkers short of the green to the right and the pond to the left.
Hole 8 (286 yards) A short par 4 with big hitters able to go for the green. Two fairways bunkers to the right and the sloping green is protected on the left and right by bunkers plus a further two at the rear. Beware though that this is a risk and reward hole. Any wayward drive could result in a bogey.
Hole 9 (369 yards) A difficult Par 4 closing hole. A tight drive to the centre of the fairway avoiding the bunker on the left followed by an uphill second shot to a well protected green.
Hole 10 (309 yards) A dog legged par 4. A long iron to the centre of the fairway then a chip to a sloping greens with bunkers to the left and right.
Enquiries regarding membership can be forwarded to the welfare by using this enquiry form . Current membership fees and green fees are included in the FAQ's.
Club Rules and Guidelines for new members can be accessed from the "Links" page.
Visitors fees (all fees must be paid at the bar prior to starting a round)
|Monday to Friday|
|18 holes with member||£13.00|
|Sunday after 12:30pm|
|18 holes with member||£15.00|
Backworth Miners' Welfare is a registered charity and the Archery, Cricket Club, Bowling Club, and the Golf Sections are all run independently. Recently these have been joined by a Croquet Club. Further information regarding Backworth Miners' Welfare can be accessed here
A Listing of Recent Club Captains and Champions can be found HERE