Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
|Red (W)||72||5530 yards|
|Black M: 73.1/123||417||397||584||159||423||440||165||289||516||3390||411||398||388||556||395||173||530||176||429||3456||6846|
|White M: 72.1/122||395||390||558||150||381||401||135||280||508||3198||400||390||375||547||385||154||498||163||392||3304||6502|
|Yellow M: 70.7/121||382||358||516||136||366||373||123||266||487||3007||382||368||357||534||363||144||463||142||357||3110||6117|
|Red W: 70.2/119||363||318||489||89||338||348||102||256||405||2708||340||329||338||511||327||112||430||124||311||2822||5530|
Food & BeverageRestaurant
Available FacilitiesConference Facilities, Spa
Available ActivitiesSwimming, Billiards
Love the challenge
This is a top course layout. I’ve played here a few times and always enjoy the challenge. Can get a bit heavy after heavy rain but overall it’s worth putting on your wish list. There’s no clubhouse as such, but the pro shop and changing facilities are good.
Probably the worst condition greens I have ever played on! Ruined the round and overall experience. The fairways were in poor condition also.
Just the ticket.
Some tough holes that require thought (maybe not driver). Beautiful landscape and all the par3s were interesting and fabulous to look at.
Staff excellent with handing over course knowledge and clearly have a love for the course. It's getting better and better.
Booked in again!
Course was great, loads of great par 3s, and some difficult par 5s. Differing dog legs, good variety of holes.
Played as a 4 ball, and were through 9 holes in less than 2 hours, but we had let a group of 2 through, but then had another 2 one ballers behind us. We arent slow players but it seemed like everyone here wants to sprint round for the fastest round. We were struggling to find gaps to let people through.
Also, when getting to the back 9 a new group appeared in front of us out of nowhere, which in turn started holding us up. May have just got a bad day tbh, Sunday afternoon. Just a couple weeks after lockdown.
I didn't feel like our group was at a slow pace of play as we are never normally caught anywhere else. Were playing ready golf, and not even searching for "lost" balls. Just taking a drop near the area it disappeared.
Would definitely go again.
Loved it !
Really enjoyed the round of golf. Perfect setting for a lovely day out and the pro in the golf shop was really helpful. It’s a tough course and quite physical. So if your knocking on a bit like me a buggy might be the best bet.
Played this course about 15 years ago and it has really went down hill. Sand removed from bunkers and looked like it had been used to treat the greens? Staff friendly enough. Course with investment could be back to championship standard. It is light years away from what it used to be. I feel the green staff don't have much budget, which is a shame and don't blame them in anyway. The course is clean and well looked after to be fair. Sort the greens out and it won't be too far away from being playable. I will play again later in the season to see if it has improved. Good luck to the staff as I feel their hands are tied financially
Great return to golf
Great course to return to golf with.
To get over the worse bit first, the greens aren’t yet up to the standard that the course required and deserves. Though after a long lay off and some spring growing this hopefully will just be a temporary issue.
Three of the par 3’s are played over water, which is an excellent test and a potential scorecard buster.
Fairways were in excellent condition and no easy shots are available.
The 13th maybe the signature hole but the 18th runs it close with hazards on the right with water and large trees protecting the green. An adventurous 3rd shot to the green will be well rewarded.
Looking forward to returning later in the season.
A course that starts out really solid, but come the back-9, it’s fantastic! Open fairways that invite you to attack, but challenges all over.
Lots of walking, mainly due to the distance between holes.
The back 9 really makes this course, but it has the perfect balance of four par 3s/5s and ten par 4s.
But windy today. But course was okay, greens full of sand which were hard to play and putt on, not too bad to be fair.
Tee to far apart
Received phone call 1hour before tee but had already set off as it’s approx 35 min journey saying no trolleys allowed As course was soaked ! We had 3 players all with trolley bags not carry bags which are not the lightest on a dry condition day course should have been close one player slipped but luckily not hurt so really dangerous course was boggy all way round won’t be going back for a very long time !!!
Got there to find out the tee boxs where put forward and the greens had been spiked full of holes no sand put in them it was very poor I tuck my friends up there thinking there would of like it but it was not to be course was very poor I’ve book twice from yous and I’ve never had any sort of discount of you
I had seen some comments on the current condition of the course but I did not see any of this when i played - Linden is a fantastic layout and was in very good condition, all in all a thoroughly enjoyable round despite the challenging conditions.
Great course layout
Linden Hall remains one of the best 18 hole course layouts in the north east. Today the greens were also great but overall the course was not in the best condition. Tee boxes were patchy and although cut fairways were full of weeds. The bunkers were largely unplayable, full of weeds and clearly not turned over for some time. MacDonald Hotels need to invest some money to bring the course back to its best as sadly the conditions are some way behind its main competitors at Matfen Hall, Slaley Hall and Close House.
On the plus side the scenery is magnificent, pace of play satisfactory and off course facilities pretty good.
It’s definitely worth a visit but not sure you would be happy to pay a membership at this point.