We played Silloth on the way back from a trip to St Andrews, where we played the Old, Castle & Ladybank, and the consensus was that Silloth was our favourite of the 4, despite experiencing the worst of the weather.
If the Old Course is a must play, then in my opinion so is Silloth. Unlike other courses that ease you in to the round Silloth puts up a stern test from the off. The fairways were brown/yellow and running ridiculously fast, just the way I like it, meaning club selection was very difficult when approaching the green. The greens were as good as anything I've played on previously and for me there wasn't a weak hole on the course, although the front 9 was probably the more enjoyable of the 2 loops. In fact, the front 9 of Silloth coupled with the back 9 of Hillside might have a shot of being one of the greatest links courses in the world!
Regardless of location, and this course is way off the beaten track, Silloth on Solway is a MUST play for those who like pure links.
Date: May 30, 2019