The course at Brampton Golf Club was designed by James Braid and opened for play in 1909. Braid had an excellent undulating piece of land to play with and he laid the course out in his usual fastidious way. Perched some 1,000 feet above sea level, you are presented with stunning panoramic views of the mountains of the Lake District National Park.
Brampton was once described as the “Jewel of Cumbria” and likened by some to Gleneagles. It certainly is a likeable golf course with a moorland feel, but it isn’t quite in the same class as Gleneagles.
The course isn’t long at a tad over 6,400 yards, but it plays its length because the ground tends to get damp. After all, we are in the Lake District. We especially like the short par four 8th, with its elevated tee. It tempts the big hitters to have a crack at the green.
Cumbria isn’t golf course Mecca, but Brampton should be played alongside the mighty Silloth on Solway and the lesser-known links at Seascale. The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we thoroughly recommend a stay in the area. If you do stay in the heart of the Lake District, take the opportunity to play Windermere Golf Club, the real “Petite Gleneagles”.
Called in on the way back from the Bamburgh in August to reacquaint myself with this Quirky James Braid layout.
Very friendly welcome and a most reasonable green fee.
The course may not be to everyone's taste, but for me the layout does offer a fair and varied test of golf.
The 3rd hole is one of my favourites a long par 4 that requires length and accuracy to get into position to have any chance of securing a par, which I can imagine could prove to be an early round hurdle to get over for most.
Opportunity knocks at the risk reward 7th, which is a typical braid style hole, tempting you to test your skills to the max, physically and mentally.
The 10th another favourite provides the first glimpse of a stunning lake in the distance before you get up close at the 14th
Conditions were good, despite a recent dry spell, greens lush and great leaf coverage
Gave Brampton a 2nd try, now that it was back on proper tees and greens for April. Condition of course was still not up to scratch with hairy greens and scruffy tees...played nearby Penrith a few days later and this was in much better condition for the time of the year. The par 3 1st is not a very exciting hole to begin the round and the 2nd is a pretty straight forward par 4 played to a well bunkered elevated green. The 3rd is a good tough par 4, and along with the long 17th these are the 2 best holes on the course. Crossing the road, a collection of short par 4's with blind 2nd shots in a cramped space have very little to recommend them from a golf architecture perspective, although the views offered from some of the tees are very good. The 3 finishing holes are all decent, with the short 16th requiring an accurate wedge shot to a well bunkered green, the long 17th requiring 3 decent shots to make a par, and the last is a good finishing hole requiring an accurate drive and mid iron 2nd to a sloppy green.
I'd really like to give Brampton a better review as my local course but the hand of James braid has only been lightly applied(he didn't design all 18 holes)here, and as with so many courses around the world, you are as good as the piece of the land you have to work with. Brampton just needs more space and some modifications of its collection of shorts par 4's to improve what could be a good course from what is currently only an average course in many respects.
"Talkin Tarn", Brampton is a very sporty course and lots of fun so long as you remember to pack your sense of humour and engage your brain as well as your biceps.
Have played it a couple of times, and whilst the holes on the "other" side of the road are a little pot luck, it's all good fun to be had in wonderful scenery with friendly members and very good value.
A number of holes are decidedly "unfair" - this is definitely a course where a stroke saver is recommended, particularly since parts can become damp so you will play off tees forward of where the hole yardage might indicate. Also, play some holes as par 5's - it's an ideal matchplay course which has resulted in dog licenses both times, one each way.
Played Brampton on a cold and frosty day, so certainly didn't see it at its best. Given the recent weather (warm and dry), too much of the course was on temp greens and very forward tees. The course is scenic, but certainly not Gleneagles. Its main downfall was the number of short par 4's, which had been crammed into too small a space, and relied too much on a lucky or unlucky bounce. Stand hole was the 17th..a long uphill drive and good 2nd shot played off an uphill lie are needed to set up a short iron into a well guarded green. The better holes are certainly situated on the clubhouse side of the road, and 18 is a decent hole requiring an accurate drive and mid iron to an uphill green.
Will play again when the weather has improved to see how it plays from proper tees to proper greens. Nice clubhouse, with good views of the 18th serve great food and staff very friendly