Ramside Hall – The Only Gold Awarded AA Rated & 4 Star Spa Hotel in Durham
Situated on the outskirts of Durham City, the hotel boasts 127 luxurious bedrooms and suites, each offering its own unique charm with stunning views across 350 acres of beautiful private grounds. Once you’ve relaxed into your surroundings, our luxury spa provides the ideal opportunity to unwind, with one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools, a state-of-the-art gym and a huge range of specialist treatments on offer.
In addition, Ramside is also home to some of the very best restaurants in County Durham, including the famous Pemberton’s Carvery, Rib Room Steakhouse and our award winning Pan-Asian restaurant Fusion. You can also enjoy a round of golf on one of our two 18-hole championship golf courses along with a 16 bay driving range to help you get into the swing of things.
Prince Bishops’ Course
The par 72 course measures 6,851 yards from its championship tees and has views of world famous Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspiration for Ramside’s second course – The Cathedral Course opened in September 2014. The Prince Bishops’ course is named after the warrior clergymen who ruled over the lawless North from Durham Castle after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century.
The course has spirit of adventure and features 16 water hazards, reachable par 5’s, driveable par 4’s, and short holes that demand shot-making skills from wedge to woods.
Designer Jonathan Gaunt laid out a golf course that delivers risk and reward golf at its best. Water comes into play on 10 holes and there are nine doglegs on the card which demand good strategy and the ability to move the ball both ways if you are to score at your lowest.
The course is fair. The fairways are wide and generous and there is a conservative option available on every hole so that any standard of golfer can enjoy Ramside’s challenge.
The Cathedral Course has been built on rolling countryside between the villages of Belmont and Pittington with breath-taking natural features including ridges, becks and valleys.
The course extends out over a broad hilltop with views of Durham Cathedral and as far afield as the Angel of the North in Gateshead, before dropping down into a valley and rising up again to return to the parkland estate where its closing holes end back at the clubhouse and hotel.
The middle holes are laid out across a high plateau, previously called ‘Hilltop Farm’ – with wide-open skies and 360 degree views – then drop down into a striking valley with dramatic elevation changes, mature trees, steep banksides and a coursing beck.
Designer Jonathan Gaunt calls the stretch of holes from the 11th to the 14th ‘Ramside’s Amen Corner.’ The downhill par-three 12th bears an uncanny resemblance to its famous counterpart in Georgia but instead of Rae’s Creek, Sherburn Beck stands guard at the front of the green.