Slaley Hall’s success in the domestic market is being mirrored overseas with the leading golf resort reporting a marked increase in international enquiries in 2016.
The award-winning venue in Hexham – a member of QHotels, the UK’s largest golf resort operator – has enjoyed a rapid rise in bookings from the continent this year as visitors seek to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate.
Set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland and forest and featuring two 18-hole championship courses and numerous other sports and leisure facilities, Slaley Hall is rated among the UK’s top locations for an individual, group or corporate golf break.
Just a 30-minute drive from Newcastle airport, the resort – which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year – is ideally situated to explore the very best golf courses in northern England, while it is also a great venue for combining with a trip to Scotland.
And with a wide range of other activities available on-site in Slaley Hall’s exclusive ‘adult playground’ including quad biking, 4×4 off-road driving, kayaking, paintballing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, falconry and gorge walking, the venue is proving increasingly popular with continental golfers seeking to combine a golf break with other outdoor leisure pursuits.
Christopher Wayne-Wills, general manager at Slaley Hall, said: “With outstanding golf and leisure facilities coupled with an amazing setting, Slaley Hall has so much to offer to both golfers and non-golfers, and we’re delighted that so many overseas visitors are taking the chance to enjoy the resort and the surrounding region.”
Golfers can enjoy exceptional value on golf breaks over the coming months at Slaley Hall, with two-night, three-round packages available from just £199 per person.
One of 10 QHotels golf resorts and the flagship golf venue in the group, the resort was named best golf resort in the north of England at the 2016 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards and is looking forward to further success under the guidance of Christopher Wayne-Wills, following his appointment earlier this year.
Slaley Hall’s two championship golf courses have played host to no fewer than 18 European Tour and European Senior Tour events, with the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Retief Goosen among the list of winners.
Often dubbed ‘The Augusta of the North’, the 7,000-yard, par-72 Hunting, which was designed by Dave Thomas, offers lush sweeping fairways, streams, lakes, towering trees and banks of rhododendrons. Complementing its sister course is the Priestman, which opened in 1999 and sits on the west side of the estate, with panoramic views of the Tyne Valley and some daunting water features for players to negotiate if they are to score well.
Named AA Hotel Group of the Year in 2014/15, the multi-award-winning four-star QHotels golf group offers tournament and championship-standard courses in a range of unique resort locations across England and Scotland.
Slaley Hall and QHotels’ golf resorts www.QHotels.co.uk/golf