Cumbria lies to the north west of England and its main tourist attraction, the Lake District National Park, covers a sizeable acreage of this region. One of the most sparsely populated counties in England, Cumbria is predominantly mountainous with towering peaks and sparkling lakes that draw millions of visitors to the county every year.

The Cumbria Union of Golf Clubs was formed in 1910 so it has provided golf administration to local clubs for over a century now. Currently, there are 34 such clubs affiliated to the Union and, to switch to some boxing parlance, it has to be said that the county team has punched way above its weight in recent years.

Cumbria Ladies’ County Golf Association was formed in 1925 and there are currently 27 clubs affiliated to the association. Its stated aims are to further the interests of ladies’ golf, maintain the CONGU handicap system, comply with EWGA rules governing county golf administration and administer a county championship along with other associated competitions.

In a Northern Counties League consisting of seven districts – including such heavyweights as Cheshire, Lancashire and Yorkshire – Cumbria has won the annual round robin matchplay competition between these teams twice (2002 and 2009) during the last decade.

Our Cumbria Best in County golf course rankings were updated in 2015. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Cumbria

Silloth on Solway

1st Cumbria - Best in Area

It’s well worth the time (and the money) to get to Silloth on Solway Golf Club and once you get here, you won’t want to leave...


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2nd Cumbria - Best in Area

The mature parkland course at Carlisle Golf Club, which was founded in 1908, is attractively flanked by beech and pine and intersected by streams.


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3rd Cumbria - Best in Area

Situated above the picturesque Lake District town of Penrith, this wonderful moorland layout dates back to 1890 when Penrith Golf Club set out the original nine holes around an oval racecourse.


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4th Cumbria - Best in Area

Seascale Golf Club fits neatly into a small area, overlooked by the Sellafield Power Station, but providing views of the Isle of Man and the Lakeland Hills...


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5th Cumbria - Best in Area

Brampton Golf Club was once described as the "Jewel of Cumbria" and likened by some to Gleneagles.


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6th Cumbria - Best in Area

Fifteen years after it was founded, Ulverston Golf Club moved near to the little village of Bardsea in 1910 so golfers have now been playing on the same wooded parkland site for over a century.

Windermere - Cumbria

7th Cumbria - Best in Area

Founded in 1891, Windermere Golf Club is spectacularly situated on high ground in the heart of the Lake District – England’s largest National Park.


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Kirkby Lonsdale

8th Cumbria - Best in Area

Originally formed in 1906, Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club left its old 9-hole course behind when it moved to its present 18-hole location in 1991.


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9th Cumbria - Best in Area

Willie Fernie set out the course at Appleby Golf Club on Brackenbar Moor in 1903, twenty years after the club was founded.


10th Cumbria - Best in Area

Overlooking the Solway Firth, the old James Braid course at Workington Golf Club was recently redesigned by Howard Swan. Fairways are routed over undulating terrain with six holes crossing a small brook that runs through the course.