Let's start by saying that getting to Seascale is not an easy or particularly enjoyable drive, even from within Cumbria. My 60 mile drive took nearly 2 hours, but it was worth it. That's location covered !!. In terms of condition, it could have been better...greens were slow, with too many bald patches on for a top 100 rated course, especially for June. Friendly welcome in the clubhouse when I paid the green fee (superb value at £17.50 for playing after 2pm), but no yardage chart available.
The course itself starts with two short and fairly dull par 4's, and then you have the 3rd, a great right angled par 4 requiring an accurate drive to avoid the internal out of bounds and a well struck long iron to find the green. The 6th and 7th are decent par 5's, which give you a chance of a birdie. The 8th is a very good down hill par 3 where you need to hit the green and avoid the bunkers to make par. You then move onto the best stretch of holes on the course.
The 9th is a really great par 4, requiring an accurate tee shot down the left, before a mid iron iron second shot to a well protected green with water well right, and a small dip around the green (this may have carried water at one time, which would have made the hole outstanding if they ever brought it back. Great views as well.
The 10th is a very tricky little par 3 with water, bunkers and a sloping green to contend with. If the pin is back right, don't be tempted to go at the flag as the green runs down to the water at this point. This hole would not be out of place on a top 20 course in the UK...it's that good.
The 11th should be a par 5 as you won't get up in two shots here, no matter how good you are. I liked the 12th...a clever hole with good bunkering near the green, and a little dip short of it, which makes the approach shot shorter than it actually is.Take one club more here. Hole 13 is a strong par 3 needing a long iron played slightly left to right to find the green, which slopes from back to front.
Hole 14 is a straight forward par 5, with chances for a birdies and hole 15 is drivable. Hole 17 needs a straight tee shot to ensure a short iron to a straightforward green, which brings us to the 18th. You need to hit this down the left side, and ensure you aim your second to the right of the flag as the green moves sharply right to left, and it's easy to miss the green when the flag is on the front left.
Overall, this is a good course, with some outstanding holes, but a few weak ones that miss out on top marks. If the greens were better, this would be nearly an Eagle course, but birdie is about the right rating based on its current condition. Certainly worth playing for the 9th and 10th alone.
Date: June 16, 2017