South Moor can claim to be one of only 40 heathland courses in the UK. It is partially routed through gorse, heather and birch and there are only a few such examples in the North of England. Heathland courses are more frequently found in the Home Counties, where green fees can cost well over £150. South Moor charges visitors a fraction of that.
And the price is a bargain as the course is one of the top three in the county, along with Brancepeth Castle and Seaton Carew.
It is known as a tough challenge with imposing gorse bushes eager to gather up balls. Although not long, the course is a true examination which tests every facet of the game with an emphasis on accuracy and the big and sloping MacKenzie greens requiring a great touch with the putter.
The club is keen to preserve its expanses of heather and is engaged in a programme to encourage more to grow.
The course has a feeling of space and areas of undeveloped woodland allow for a wide range of wildlife to thrive. Birds of prey including buzzards, owls, red kites and kestrels can be seen by the observant player.