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Rain doesn’t stop play at top North East golf course
October 12, 2012

As the golf industry battles against the erratic British weather and with the traditional season drawing to a close following Europe's success in the Ryder Cup, Rockliffe Hall's world-class golf course has been praised by members, guests and professionals for its ability to remain open despite severe weather conditions over recent months.

It's feared the bad summer could put many golf clubs out of business after player numbers dwindled as courses were forced to close following fierce storms and torrential rain.

However, Rockliffe Hall works hard to ensure its course doesn't have to close and, thanks to its outstanding design and team of experienced green-keepers, has only had to shut during thunder storms.

Rockliffe Hall's golf course was strategically designed by one of the world's top golf architects, Marc Westonborg from Hawtrees, the designers behind Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links in Scotland.

Because of its location close to the stunning River Tees, the course was engineered and constructed to provide exceptional drainage- a strength that has come into its own during the bad weather of the summer months.

Over the summer, Rockliffe Hall has hosted a number of high profile tournaments including the Trilby Tour and the Northern Golf Masters, as well as over a hundred corporate and charity events.

And, following the furore of the recent Ryder Cup, more golfers are extending their season into the late autumn.

Rockliffe Hall's highly-regarded golf academy, offering coaching from respected PGA golf professionals, is also thriving as it continues to recruit new professionals.

Rockliffe's European Touring Professional, Graeme Storm, regularly played the course over the summer, when not competing in tournaments. Graeme said: "The golf course and its infra-structure are world-class and this was proved over this summer, the worst in many years. The standard of the tees and greens make it one of the best in Europe that I have played thanks to its drainage system, which also allows the bunkers to drain quickly even in the most torrential of downpours. Rockliffe Hall is certainly well-suited to, at some stage, host a professional European tour event as it can rival any major club."

Director of golf at Rockliffe Hall, Ian Knight, added: "It has certainly been a bad summer for the golf industry and it's awful to hear that some clubs may be forced out of business. We've had lots of people using our course who are amazed by its condition even in bad weather- we've only been forced to shut a handful of times and that was largely during thunder storms. Golfers taking part in our major tournaments and golf days have all provided us with great feedback about our course, which is relatively young, and it's very positive to see so many enjoying what we offer even during such a terrible summer."

Winter green fees start on Sunday 28 th October with prices from £45 Sunday-Thursday and £55 Friday and Saturday.

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