Welcome to the course fit for a King:

Lovingly blended into the countryside surrounding Lumley Castle and meandering along the banks of the River Wear, the mature and mainly parkland course at Chester-le-Street overlooks the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground to the West, with fells and hills beyond. Mature woodland surrounds most of the Eastern boundaries.

Designed in a partnership between two winners of the Open Championship: Sandy Herd (Royal Liverpool 1902) and Ted E Ray (Muirfield 1912), the course was popular with King George VI before he took to the throne following the abdication of his brother , Edward VIII, in 1936.

In 1923, when King George was Prince Albert, Duke of York, he married Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, descended from a leading County Durham family. Five years later Prince Albert donated a signed photograph of himself for the Chester-le-Street clubhouse.

The modern club is proud of its heritage and there is always a warm welcome waiting for any golfer who would enjoy playing the course fit for a King.


From a member:

‘A beautiful, varied, parkland course that offers great views across a historic landscape. This mature course is renowned for its well-maintained greens, challenging holes and friendly welcome’ John Cornish, Member since 1998.


From a Visiting Party:

Let me please give a big thank you to everyone involved in the running of Chester Le Street golf club.

 Cockton Hill Golf Society (Bishop Auckland) has been going 15 years now and this is the first time we have used CLS golf club but it certainly won’t be the last.

As the secretary of the society I would like to thank:

  • The secretary – for enabling us to play and making the booking so straight forward (not like some North East courses)
  • The catering and bar staff – the food was special and the service second to none, the young man behind the bar was very helpful and pleasant.
  • The green staff – the course was in excellent condition and the greens were just sublime – well done.

Last but not least to a handful of your members who were in the clubhouse, they made us very welcome and even gave us a couple of tips which should have shared with the whole group.

Members should be very proud of what I think is a little jewel in the North East area.

We will again be visiting because as secretary I did not get one negative comment about the whole day (this is a first for me).

 Thank you and please keep up the good great work.


Chris Hope

15th July 2015