Our local golf club/course is reached by driving up the beach road and following the road round to the left, past the beach car park - details are at the end of this article.
My husband's personal favourite is Foxton Hall at Alnmouth as the views are absolutely stunning, and like Portugal, the swallows follow you! If you go for a walk on Alnmouth beach you can have a look - go through the beach gate and up into the clubhouse for a coffee. I believe you can hire everything you need, but they have a lovely shop on site - plus we have a golf shop in Alnwick, on the left as you go through the arch.
My husband plays all year - I recommend the thermal lined craghopper trousers for autumn/winter, they do keep the wind out.