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Hobson Golf Club PLC
Hobson Golf Club PLC
Welcome To Hobson Golf Club PLC
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

Address    Hobson
Town    Newcastle upon Tyne
Postcode    NE16 6BZ
Secretary / Manager    R.J. Handrick
First Name / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone    01207 570189
Fax   No Information Given
Club Website Address   http://www.hobsongolfclub.co.uk/
Email Address   secretary@hobsongolfclub.co.uk
Course Information Line Telephone   No Information Given
Greenkeeper   No Information Given
Club Professional    J.W. Ord
Telephone    01207 271605
Fax   No Information Given
Pro's Website Address   www.jackordgolf.co.uk
Pro's Email Address   sales@jackordgolf.co.uk
Club Steward / Manager   No Information Given
Telephone   No Information Given
Fax   No Information Given
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6403
Par    69
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   no
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)    
Type Of Club    Pay&Play
Course Type    Parkland
Green Fees Weekdays    15.00
Green Fees Weekends    18.00
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior   No Information Given
Green Fees Society   No Information Given
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee   No Information Given
7 Day Membership Fee    295
5 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
Ladies Membership Fee   No Information Given
Junior Membership Fee   No Information Given
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   yes
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   yes
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   yes
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   no
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   no
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   yes
Dinner Available   yes
Accommodation Available   no
Now taken over by the members to create Hobson Golf Club PLC

14/06/2003 - Sent by Geoff Gill
  The Hobson Golf Club is heading for major changes under the new management of club members.
Situated on the hills in Burnopfield on the main A692 Newcastle to Consett Road the Hobson has been open since 1979 with the first nine holes opening in 1980 and the full 18 holes coming into play in 1981.

After 21 years of local authority management, this year the club's members grasped the opportunity to prepare and submit a successful bid to lease the course from owners Derwentside District Council.

Following lengthy negotiations with the council the club is about to put pen to paper on a 30-year lease agreement which will see club members manage the facility through an elected management board with the Hobson being registered as a limited company.

The management team has been formed to guide the club through the early stages of the new enterprise.

Club secretary Ronnie Handrick said: "We are delighted to be moving into a new era with an exciting future ahead of us.

"The members have shown great support and as a club we have recognised the potential of this facility.

"Compared to other local courses the Hobson is still young at 21 years of age.

"There has been a lot of hard work put in this year and a lot more is envisaged over the coming years when we will be seeking to restructure some holes adding more character as well as improving drainage."

Hobson's head greenkeeper Dave Reed and his assistant Steve Gibson together with their staff continue to work hard and their dedication has already seen improvements to the course.

Apart from course improvements Hobson's new management team plans to construct a driving range which allows the facility to be used all year round for coaching schemes and general practice and will compliment an already huge practice area.

The club has a strong men's section with competitions every Saturday, a veterans section run by its own sub committee with competitive golf on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a ladies section.

A pleasing aspect for the club is the thriving junior section which currently has around 100 members.

Despite being predominantly made up of boys, there are a number of girls playing out of Hobson.

Gemma Johnson and Stacie Morton are both involved in county golf with 14-year-old Stacie playing off a handicap of five and close to making the England team.

In Jack Ord, a stalwart of Hobson's 21 years, the club has a top local professional who with support from newly qualified professionals Stuart Ord, Andrew Blunt and assistant Darren Swann, provides an excellent service from his well-stocked shop at competitive prices.

Jack is heavily involved in Golf Foundation merit coaching schemes aimed at getting youngsters into the sport.

The Hobson is a friendly club and the day to day on-site management will ensure members and visitors are able to enjoy a game of golf in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

The Course

At 5,887 yards off the yellow tees and 6,403 from the medal tees Hobson is not the longest of courses but the management are planning to increase the length.

The par for the course changes from 69 (yellows) to 70 (whites), with the seventh switching from a par four to a five when played from the back tees.

Hole one is a par five played from a raised tee in front of the clubhouse. A good drive avoiding an open ditch gives the better player a chance of reaching the green in two.

The second is an open driving hole but narrows a touch for your approach which is tree-lined as you aim towards a raised green.

A good drive on the uphill third leaves a short iron to a green guarded by a vast sand trap.

Four is a nice dog leg left and at 376 yards from the yellows, a well-positioned drive to the corner opens up the large green for a short approach and a birdie opportunity.

The sixth is the first par three. A pond awaits any pushed shots as you fire to a raised target that slopes back towards you.

The eighth hole is a different proposition off the back tees, playing over 50 yards longer at 409 yards.

You have to hit over a valley of trees off the tee and the hole bends left a little. You're still hitting a long iron shot into a sloping green.

Nine is a straight forward par four of 372 yards with a two-tier green.

Turning for home, the tenth is the first of four par threes on the back nine and at 191 uphill, a strong iron shot is needed to fly the big bunker waiting for short tee-shots.

Eleven and 12 run down the perimeter of the course and both have the road tight on the left. Hook your drive and your out of bounds. The 12th is 121 yards longer from the medal tees.

The 166-yard 13th requires a tee-shot over rough before you reach a flatish target.

A lovely par four of 353 yards greets you next. Leave your drive short of a ditch but don't underhit your approach as there are three big bunkers in front of the green.

Two more par threes are followed by the 366-yard 17th that raises slightly before a blind approach.

Finally the par-five 18th is a tough test to finish.

A raised tee looks towards the clubhouse and a good drive will leave you a long second shot uphill on a narrow fairway, position yourself for a chip to the green for a grand stand finish in front of the clubhouse.

A meadowland course opened in 1981. Very easy walking.

On main Newcastle to Consett Road.
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