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Welcome To Northampton GC

Photography by and club member Dennis Tyrrell

21 Membership

33 Wildlife, Flora & Fauna

7 History

23 Junior Golf

35 Scenic Gallery


25 The Clubhouse


11 Course Highlights

27 Weddings

38 How To Find & Contact Us

17 The Professional Shop

29 Other Facilities

19 Coaching Facilities & Putting Studio


The Course

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To Northampton Golf Club


ituated on the outskirts of Northampton in the picturesque village of Harlestone, Northampton Golf Club boasts a magnificent 18 hole championship course along with an equally stunning clubhouse to cater for your needs.


Whether it be society or corporate day, wedding, party or even just a relaxing drink on our balcony overlooking our feature lake, our professional team of staff led by our Director of Golf will ensure your visit to Northampton Golf Club is nothing more than an enjoyable first class experience.

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History F

ounded in 1893 Northampton Golf Club celebrated its centenary three years after moving to its present site in the old grounds of the Althorp Estate, home to the Spencer Family and the late Princess Diana.

The old course, affectionately known as “Kettering Road” after a nearby main road or “The Hills & Hollows”, was originally 9 holes built in 1895 by the legendary Old Tom Morris and was the club’s second home after two years playing in fields across town near Cliftonville. Two more Open Champions designed changes to the layout, Willie Park Jr and James Braid.

Opened in 1990 the present 18 hole course was laid out to a design by Donald Steele and has undergone only subtle changes over the last 20+ years to further enhance its stunning estate land setting. Northampton golf club and its course have now matured into one of the best regarded facilities and tests of golf in the Northants County. Big skies and open space await members and visitors alike.


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The Course T

he ‘Harlestone’ layout is a championship 18 holes of 6,515 yards off the back tees and is a pleasant but stern test for golfers of all abilities.

The first four holes present a difficult start through mature woodland with a par 4, par 3, par 5 and par 4 sequence. The 2nd hole is one of two signature par 3’s requiring a medium to long iron over a small lake to a two tier green.

The middle section rolls through slightly more open estate land where the player can ‘open their shoulders’ a little. The par 5 12th hole is almost 600 yards and is a challenge for all players to make in three shots. It may sound incredible but a select few have reached the green with a driver and a wedge! The final three holes are over and around the ornamental lake and it takes a strong nerve to finish in par figures. The par 3 16th is another signature hole with all carry to a large but narrow two tier green.


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Course Highlights 2nd HOLE “Sunset”

3rd HOLE “Woodway”

4th HOLE “New Park”

A beautiful par 3 which presents the golfer with a tricky tee shot so early in the round. A solid mid to long iron from the back tee, depending on the wind direction, will find the two tier green 166 yards away. It’s all carry over the small ornamental lake but there is plenty of ‘bail out’ room up the right although the funnel of trees either side make it look a very narrow target.

There is no let up with the next hole a 517 yard par 5. The tee shot is from an elevated tee down to a sloping fairway with trouble left and right for errant shots. Long hitters can take on the green after a good tee shot but will have to negotiate both the pond right and a ditch just short of the green. For most a safe lay-up second will leave a short pitch in.

This stoke 2 hole keeps the pressure on the player for a solid start to the round with a demanding tee shot which favours a draw to clear the trees left and two large fairway bunkers on the right side of the dogleg. Even if you execute the tee shot perfectly you are still faced with an awkward approach to a right to left sloping green guarded by two front bunkers. Having done all that two putting is no certainty so concentration is key to walking off with a par.


Course Highlights 12th HOLE “Lighthouse”

15th HOLE “Boathouse”

16th HOLE “Waters Leap”

After a slightly easier ride from the 5th to the 11th with more open/forgiving fairways comes this stroke 1 hole the longest on the course at just under 600 yards. Named after Northampton’s famous Express Lifts test tower, which can be seen in the distance from the tee, this hole again demands precision on all three shots to reach the green and then a steady nerve to two putt the tricky sloping green. A true par 5 this one.

This lovely hole just invites the player to ‘go for it’ from the tee as the wide fairway, approach and green stretch out clean and clear down the hill towards Harlestone Lake beyond. The green sits well below you for the approach so the player must decide either to fly it all the way with a mid/long iron/ rescue club, or try to run it in using the slope whilst avoiding bunkers left and right at the front. A fairly large flattish green awaits so two solid putts should complete the job.

Referred to by many members as the start of our very own ‘Amen Corner’ this picturesque par 3 over the lake focuses the mind on trying to achieve a strong finish to the round. From the white blocks the tee shot is daunting with no real sense of where the wind is coming from despite reference from the last hole. Select the right club, commit to the shot and find the correct tier below the hole and a par is on.



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Course Highlights 18th HOLE “Causeway� After being able to relax a little on the 17th, where the water is not so uncomfortably close off the tee, comes the final hole where again you need to carry the full width of the lovely Harlestone Lake to find the fairway. The approach is usually just a wedge or short iron to the green but often a severely sloping lie adds a degree of difficulty to getting on in two.You do not usually see the level of the green and out of bounds over the Ha Ha wall fronting the clubhouse makes the shot even more demanding.

With members and visitors usually watching all the action from the balcony with refreshment in hand the player has to concentrate right to the end to hopefully finish with a respectable score in front of the gallery. Scores added up you can finally breathe easy again and take in the full splendour of the surroundings and look forward to the 19th hole.


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The Professional Shop T

he Professional Shop at Northampton Golf Club is always well stocked and offers both members and visitors alike with plenty of choice for all their golfing needs.

If you are visiting Northampton Golf Club for your Society day we can also enhance your experience by assisting with Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive competitions, Beat the Pro, Ball Draws as well as offering a discount on your competition prize table.

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Coaching Facilities & Putting Studio


ur coaching team at Northampton Golf Club is led by Nick Soto, our PGA Club Professional. Nick and the other Professionals are active with their coaching and take time to keep improving their knowledge and understanding of learning through CPD courses enabling them to deliver high quality lessons to golfers of all ages and abilities.

Lessons range from ½ Hour Swing Checks to packages covering all aspects of the game on our practice facilities and course. In addition we have also opened a state of the art indoor Putting Studio equipped with the Science and Motion Putt Lab providing our coaches and pupils with precise feedback on all areas of the Putting Stroke. The Studio has proved to be a worthwhile addition to our facilities at Northampton Golf Club and we have attracted a large amount of visitors including Tour Professionals, PGA Professionals and County Squads. For more information on lessons please contact us by email:


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Membership Annual Subscription Adult Membership (£500 Entrance Fee Applies) 7 Day £1047.50 6 Day £996.50 5 Day £954.50 Intermediate Membership (Relevant Entrance Fee Applies as below) Age 19-24: £419.00 (£200 Entrance Fee) Age 25-30: £628.50 (£300 Entrance Fee) Age 31-32: £733.25 (£350 Entrance Fee) Age 33-34: £838.00 (£400 Entrance Fee) Senior Age 75+ (Telephone 01604 845155 for Options)

Annual Subscription Junior Membership (No Entrance Fee) Under 13: £60.00 Age 13-15: £105.00 Age 16-18: £150.00 Country Membership (£500 Entrance Fee Applies) Over 40 Mile Radius Over 75 Mile Radius

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Social Membership (No Entrance Fee) £75.00 Monthly Payment Options available – ask for details. Membership Year commences on 1st February and Prices correct as of 1st October 2017 which will be subject to change annually at the AGM.


Junior Golf T

he club has a thriving junior section of 90+ members and is well supported by both members and parents helping to organise competitions and coaching. Professional, Nick Soto, and his team run regular coaching sessions for all ages and abilities including ‘TRI Golf’ sessions specifically targeted at the 4 – 10yrs age group. This focuses on the fun side of golf using child friendly equipment in a pleasant and safe environment. As a result of the club’s efforts to develop junior golf over the last few years it has been awarded the ‘Golf Mark’ standard by the English Golf Union. This a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities. Nick and the team always welcome new enquiries so get in touch if you have children interested in golf.


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The Clubhouse T

he impressive clubhouse with its panoramic balcony overlooking the ornamental lake occupies the same footprint as the original historic Harlestone House.

The well stocked bars offer traditional local ales and popular lagers along with an extensive range of other drinks and beverages. Light lunches and bar snacks are generally available throughout the day with a full menu of meals for those requiring more sustenance.

The clubhouse is built of local Northamptonshire sandstone in keeping with the surrounding villages of Upper and Lower Harlestone and many others around the county. It provides spacious facilities for members and visitors to enjoy post round refreshments as well as more formal society and club match day needs.

A refreshing drink on the balcony watching play over the last four holes is both quite unique and provides for some memorable moments as games putt out on the adjacent eighteenth green.


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Weddings Y

our wedding day will be one of the most important occasions of your life and Northampton Golf Club is fully equipped to make that happen.

We strongly recommend that you visit us to see the stunning panoramic view from our clubhouse and balcony overlooking our magnificent lake, lavish golf course and picturesque historic stone bridge. We can then further discuss any queries you may have with regards to the packages we have on offer.

Now branded as Harlestone Park for these events, we have employed a Professional Team to ensure your day is planned to ultimate perfection so that you and your guests will enjoy a memorable experience. We will assist you with all of your wedding details, from your initial enquiry through to your special day itself to ensure the smooth running from start to finish.

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Other Facilities I

n addition to weddings and special celebratory functions the club also offers its clubhouse facilities for other business and individual needs.

We can provide modest conferencing facilities with training areas and syndicate/breakout rooms with all necessary materials e.g. white boards; presentation equipment; stationery etc., including if required breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coffee and refreshments are also available throughout the day.

Being a golf club first and foremost availability is understandably limited but we can usually accommodate most requests given enough advanced notice. Please give our team a call to discuss your individual or company needs and then look forward to enjoying and working in our comfortable and efficient environment with the added bonus of an end of day round for any golfers in your party.


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Societies & Visitors N

orthampton Golf Club has a warm and professional welcome for both organised societies and individuals as well as smaller groups looking for that perfect golfing day.

A range of packages are available from just a green fee to a full days golf of 36 holes with both lunch and dinner included.

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Wildlife, Flora & Fauna W

hen you come into Northampton Golf Club you are immediately aware of the vast expanse of sky, open vistas and a feel for the stately home pedigree of its rolling fairways and historic woodland features. That legacy is reflected in the rich and diverse nature of the wildlife some examples of which are shown here but there is much, much more to be seen during your round of golf. Birds include Nuthatch, Kestrel, Red Kite and pheasant from nearby Althorp.

The club has an active policy towards promoting and protecting its surroundings with the Course Manager and his staff managing many copses and wooded areas not really in play to provide suitable habitats. When you tee it up at Northampton Golf Club you are never quite sure what to expect from your round, the familiar birdie or two maybe, but most likely encounters of a feathered or fury nature!


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Scenic Gallery T

he effect of Northampton Golf Club on the senses has to be experienced by being out amongst its lush fairways, mature woodland and wildlife rich expanses of water. Here are just a few examples of the visual delights that await the golfer, newly-weds, off-site workers and the casual visitor – Enjoy... but the real thing is even better!





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hoosing to play golf at Northampton Golf Club or just visit to utilise its varied facilities is to undertake an experience that will stay with you for a long time. The imposing clubhouse with its dramatic views over the ancient countryside of Lords and Ladies of a bygone age will give you a warm and welcoming feeling long before you shape up for that first tee shot.

The challenge and satisfaction of negotiating those first four varied holes to handicap or better will stir your golfing soul. As you then stride out into the open estate land your every golf shot will be complemented by a visual feast of wildlife, flora and fauna so be sure to take time to take it all in. As Walter Hagen said “Don’t hurry, don’t worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way”. Finish the last three lakeside holes and reflect on your score and you will already be thinking of your return visit as you head off to the 19th – Enjoy yourself and we hope to see you again soon.


How To Find and Contact Us N

orthampton Golf Club is located just outside the lovely honey coloured stone village of Harlestone which for most members is the clubs informal name. We are only a few minutes from both junctions 15A & 18 of the M1. From the M1 junction 18 follow the A428 east towards Northampton. After 3.5 miles you reach West Haddon, turn left at the 1st mini roundabout and right at the 2nd. Continue on the A428 for 8 miles past Althorp House on the right. The club is a further 1 mile on the right.

From junction 15A follow the A43 north for 1 mile and pass the “Sixfields� football stadium on the right. At the large roundabout go straight over towards Duston. At the first traffic lights go straight on down the dip onto a large roundabout and turn left onto the A428 towards West Haddon/Lodge Farm. Continue along the A428 towards Harlestone village approx. 1.2 miles. BEWARE - Speed Camera! Pass through the village and the club entrance is half a mile up the hill on the left.

If we can assist you with any queries or questions that you may have then please do not hesitate to get in touch Contact details: Director of Golf: Professional: Bar & Restaurant:

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Northampton Golf Club Official Club Brochure  

An introduction to the golf club, the course and facilities, and local businesses that support the publication.

Northampton Golf Club Official Club Brochure  

An introduction to the golf club, the course and facilities, and local businesses that support the publication.