10 of The Best Golf Courses in Cumbria
Cumbria is home to gorgeous countryside and general greenery, which makes it the perfect location for a round of golf.
This area of England contains some truly hidden gems that all golfers will enjoy playing.
Below, we provide information on 10 of the best golf courses in Cumbria - have you managed to experience any of them?
Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club dates back to 1892 when David Grant laid the original foundations. Since then, the golf course has gone through some major changes thanks to the input of Alister MacKenzie and Willie Park Jnr. Golfers can expect an interesting layout that demands skill and attention throughout as Silloth-on-Solway was previously voted ‘Best Course in Britain & Ireland under £60’ in 2013.
Having opened in 1992, Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club has reached a level of maturity that the designer would have been hoping for back then. The opening half’s routing will take golfers across Barbon Beck and towards the River Lune, whilst the back travels up the Lune Valley to present glorious views of the Howgill Fells.
Sedbergh is another golf club of historical importance, considering they first opened their doors back in 1896. In 1991, the club moved locations after a 9-hole layout was successfully built. Although only 9 holes remain on site today, different tee markers ensures that the front and back nine does not replicate itself fully. For example, there’s a 20-yard difference between the 1st and 10th holes, despite the fact you are repeating the exact same hole.
Measuring 6,418 yards from the tips and boasting a par of 74, Brampton Golf Club is an enjoyable test for any golfer who visits. Thanks to investment into drainage, this is a golf course that can be enjoyed all year round. The undulating heathland course features a number of tricky holes, and the beautiful panoramic views of the Lake District, Pennines and Southern Scotland simply add to the allure.
Beckside Golf Club is a fascinating golfing facility that is far from traditional. Mike Jackson, owner of the land at Beckside, became so infatuated with golf 20 years ago that he decided to create his own 9-hole course. The terrain is uneven and the land is littered with boulders, gorse bushes and bracken. There is no clubhouse; visitors will be expected to pay their green fees at a farm house before moving on to the course. Everything about Beckside is so unique - and the golfing challenge is hefty too!
Appleby Golf Club can be best summarised as an inland links with raw beauty on offer at all four corners of the stunning golf course. Open Champion, Willie Fernie, designed this intricate layout and he leant on the natural contours of the land to help carve the golf course. Featuring heather and bracken, it is advised that you always keep your ball in the fairway! Due to fantastic draining, Appleby is an option that should be considered all year round.
Situated by the sea on the west coast of Cumbria lies St Bees Golf Club, which boasts extraordinary views of St Bees head, the Isle of Man and the Lakeland Fells. Measuring only 5,307 yards in length, it isn’t the longest course you’ll encounter this year but the challenge lies beyond the perceived shortness. The course is relatively hilly and it features small greens, so any visitor will want to make sure they have warmed up and start the round confidently or a large number could await them.
Seascale Golf Club lies on the west coast of Cumbria, providing golfers with beautiful vistas of the Lake District, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The club was founded in 1893 and it can be best described as a traditional links that is maintained expertly throughout the calendar year. With a measurement of 6,350 yards off the tips, and the swirling wind typically playing havoc, golfers will find a real challenge at Seascale Golf Club.
Windermere Golf Club resides in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the award-winning golf course would be a treat to any golfer who walks their fairways. The natural rolling landscape is blended with heather, bracken and rocky outcrops to provide a stern challenge to any visitor. The small USGA specification greens ensure accuracy will be a useful tool around Windermere - which is further supported through the narrow fairways.
Split between Lancaster and Kendal is Silverdale Golf Club, which features an 18-hole golf course that is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The layout boasts tremendous views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Mountains and Howgill Fells. The committed greenkeeping staff always keep the course in immaculate fashion, with the fast greens presenting a putting challenge that will question both your line and length. For the early morning golfers, keep an eye out for roe and fallow deer!
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