A review of our Women & Golf event on 17 August 2022 at Ramside Hall Hotel Golf Spa
After a fabulous trip to Spain in April, Norwich in May and Surrey in June, we found ourselves in Durham in August at Ramside Hall Hotel Golf Spa for our Women & Golf event.
This was our first Women & Golf trip to the North East and it did not disappoint. Ramside Hall boasts two courses - Prince Bishops's and Cathedral. We opted for the more established course - Prince Bishops's - which was opened in 1996 and is a challenging par 74 courses designed by Jonathan Gaunt.
The facilities at Ramside Hall compliment a golf trip perfectly. A wide choice of accommodation for pairs, fourballs or a group; extensive on-site dining facilities and a state of the art spa mean you never need to leave for the duration of your trip.
The separate golf Clubhouse includes a Pro Shop, driving range with recently installed TOPTRACER in every bay, a large putting green, practice bunkers and short game area plus changing facilities.
In addition to hosting Women & Golf in 2022, Ramside Hall recently hosted their first professional women’s event, part of the LET Access Series, on the Cathedral course.
Our day at Ramside Hall
The welcome rain that had arrived the day before the event, was nowhere to be seen on arrival, and blue skies appeared. Although there was a cold wind, as the day progressed the sun shone - a perfect day for golf.
It was great to welcome some new faces and say hello to players who were attending their first Women & Golf event. The group was very much locally based, with players from Durham and Northumberland. One player, a long-standing member who played in our events when based in Surrey, was delighted to see us host an event for Northern-based followers of Women & Golf.
The players enjoyed a hearty breakfast of bacon rolls and danish pastries in the traditional Clubhouse bar.
Lunch was later served in the Members Lounge close by.
It was then off for a quick practice at the driving range or putting green.
No Women & Golf event would be the same without a photo call. A beautiful sweeping and dogleg fairway greeted the players on the 1st tee. Plus, sunshine and blue skies!
The format was an individual stableford (playing off a full handicap).
A little Slingsby sparkle at the Halfway House
Players enjoyed a reviving Slingsby Solo Mixed Flavour G&T at the 9th tee to give them a boost for the last 9 holes. Cheers to our friends at Slingsby.
The prizes were kindly provided by our sponsors Skechers, Bushnell Golf, Cobra Golf, Slingsby and Volvik.
🏆 1st - Pair of Skechers GoGolf shoes
🏆 2nd - Bushnell Phantom 2 Grey Camo GPS
🏆 3rd - Cobra Ultralight Pro stand bag
⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Slingsby bottle of gin
🏌️♀️ Longest Drive - Dozen Volvik golf balls
After the round, the players commented what a tough challenge the course - some slightly odd bounces here and there and a little too much water for some players! Everyone commented that it was a very enjoyable experience with magnificent views. And, despite the unprecedented weather, the course looked in great condition.
Scores were very close with one outright winner achieving 41 points and a number of players outscoring their handicap. We had seven birdies among three players and a whole host of pars. The individual winners were as follows:
🏆 1st Julie Armitage from Chester-le-Street with 41 fantastic points
🥈2nd Linda Baggott from Chester-le-Street with 39pts
🥉3rd Alyson Chapman from Chester-le-Street also with 38pts
⛳ Nearest the Pin, Gets the Gin - Linda Baggott from Chester-le-Street
🏌️♀️ Longest Drive - Pat McIntosh from Tyneside
Everyone received a Women & Golf goodie bag - an integral part of any golf day!
And a special mention to our partner Lester Brunt Wealth Management.
Finally, to all the players who came to support the event, thank you so much. We had a brilliant day and we hope that you did too.
Our next event is at Goodwood in Sussex on 5 September and there are a few places left. You can book your place(s) by emailing [email protected].
Did you know that you can get discounted entry into Women & Golf events by signing up for our Women & Golf Members Club? There are a whole host of other benefits of becoming a member. Find out more here.
MORE ABOUT RAMSIDE HALL
We stayed in a Premier twin room in the new wing of the hotel - overlooking the Cathedral golf course. The rooms oozes quality and class and is available as doubles or twins and two are suited for families with an additional bunk bed room for children. The bathroom has a large bath PLUS a large walk-in shower with rain head.
Each room is equipped with everything you would expect from a top-class hotel including high-speed WiFi, complimentary bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. You’ll also be treated to separate luxury bathrooms with walk-in showers and a great night’s sleep is also guaranteed in our signature Hypnos beds.
If you are looking for something a little more upmarket, why not consider a suite? These combine greater space and luxury, whilst giving you that extra touch of quality. The sumptuous bathrooms are stocked with the finest toiletries and the rooms include magnificent king-size beds with comfy pillows and crisp linen. Also, some of the ground floor deluxe rooms have patio door access to the beautiful gardens.
Something a little different - Treehouses
The luxury Treehouses are set in the woodland adjacent to the 18th fairway of The Prince Bishop's Golf Course, giving guests unrivalled views over the fairway and green. Built on stilts, the Treehouses each feature three bedrooms, a private living room and a state-of-the-art bathroom complete with a free-standing copper bath.
Each Treehouse can be booked as the whole house, offering three bedrooms, or can be split into a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite. They are the ideal accommodation for a ladies golf away weekend or special occasion.
"This is just a flavour of what's available at Ramside Hall - have a look at hotel website to get a greater feel of what's available accommodation-wise" Jane Lees, Head of Sales & Marketing, Women & Golf
We held our breakfast in the Clubhouse bar and lunch in the Members' Lounge. Lovely fresh homemade food with ingredients locally sourced where possible. Breakfast is served in the Pembertons Carvery with a wide selection of hot and cold breakfast options. We dined in the evening at the Fusion Restaurant which offered an extensive selection of Asian-inspired food in a relaxed casual dining room.
Ramside Hall is home to some of the very best restaurants in Durham, from the signature Rib Room steakhouse and grill serving up a range of delicious meat dishes through to their award-winning Fusion restaurant producing an intoxicating array of Pan-Asian cuisine. You can also dine at their famous Pemberton’s Carvery, which boasts a roast every day along with a vast choice of fresh vegetables. For a lighter bite in relaxed surroundings, the clubhouse serves a wide range of sandwiches and burgers or you can even enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in one of their many lounges.
Ramside Hall is blessed with two courses - Cathedral (2014) & Prince Bishops' (1996). Both offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside with Durham Cathedral sitting in the distance to provide a golfing experience like no other in the region.
Playable throughout the whole year, the Cathedral and Prince Bishops’ courses both welcome visitors. No other golf club in County Durham offers a better golfing experience and you can even extend your stay with one of their golf breaks that include food and accommodation.
A new addition to the driving range is TOPTRACER, with instant shot replays, famous virtual courses, and a great warm-up space or entertainment feature for your golfing group.
* SPECIAL OFFER *
Until the end of September, Ramside Hall is giving Women and Golf readers an opportunity to visit the venue and take advantage of a great offer - a 10% discount on Play and Stay packages.
Quote "Women & Golf" when you call 0191 386 9514 to make your reservation.