Established in 1906, Hartlepool Golf Club is a true Links golf gem on the North-East coast. It is incredibly popular among members and guests, especially those who enjoy a demanding seaside golfing examination.

The course is a combination of rolling fairways, hillocks and dunes studded with Marram grass, and some of the finest views of the North-East coast.

There have been subtle changes over the years with bunker improvements and new raised tees.

Thanks to the Links-style landscape, the course can offer golf for 12 months of the year, even during the poorer weather over winter. Only during the most extreme weather does the course have to close.

A Links-type course is the oldest and most traditional style of golf course, first developed in Scotland.

These courses tend to be on, or very near to, a coast, and the term is typically associated with coastal courses. They are often characterised by rugged terrain and dunes, with few water hazards and trees.

This reflects both the nature of the scenery where the sport originated in Scotland and the limited resources available to golf course architects at that time. The word “links” comes via the Anglo-Saxon word “hlinc” rising ground/ridge and refers to an area of coastal sand dunes.

There are some fantastic views around the golf course of the coastline, beach and the North Sea – which is hugely popular with dog walkers, surfers and kite boarders.

The course itself is a wonderful test of all golfing abilities, especially when the wind blows, which is a frequent occurrence. Firm and fast greens in the drier months demand a lot of thinking on tee shots, approach shots and putting.

Hartlepool Golf Club is one of three coastal courses in our area. The trio, together with Seaton Carew and Cleveland Golf Club in Redcar, means our region can boast some of the highest quality golf you could wish for, right on our doorstep.

Described as an “archetypal links in every way” by National Club Golfer magazine, Hartlepool has lots to offer golfing purists and less experienced players alike.

The par 3s are fantastic and all offer different challenges especially on a windswept day.

The pick of the bunch is arguably the short 7th. At little over 100 yards it looks and sounds like a straight forward task, but rarely is it so.

Wind speed and direction must be considered for the choice of club, and with a large ravine to carry, a very shallow depth of green to hit, and severe punishment if you are short of the green or over the back, this hole is far from easy.

The two par 5s will reward you with a sensible approach, but with some tough, long par 4s and a wonderful blend of par 3s, it can be a demanding mental examination as well as a test of golfing prowess.

Fancy a visit? Hartlepool Golf Club, Hart Warren, Hartlepool, TS24 9QF. Tel 01429 274 398, www.hartlepoolgolfclub.co.uk