Silloth on Solway - Cumbria - England

Silloth on Solway Golf Club,
The Club House,
Station Road,
Silloth,
Cumbria,
CA7 4AE,
England


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At last, Silloth on Solway Golf Club’s reputation is becoming recognised more widely, thoroughly deserving its position in the Top 100 and one of England's best links courses.

Founded in 1892, with the help of Railway Company money, the course was originally designed by North Berwick professional David Grant. Willie Park Junior subsequently carried out some modifications to the layout between 1898 and 1902, primarily to remove a few blind shots and introduce new holes at the 4th and 5th. Alister MacKenzie submitted plans in 1915 to make further changes, but financial constraints after the Great War meant the club could only afford to proceed with installing a new green on the 3rd and a new tee on the 4th.

Silloth is famous for its affiliation with ladies' golf. The famous Leitch sisters learnt to play on the Silloth links. Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (or Cecil as she became known), went on to be the best lady golfer in the world, winning a record four British, five French, two English and one Canadian titles. In 1910, Cecil played a match against Harold Hilton (one of the greatest male golfers of the time) over 72 holes, 36 at Walton Heath and 36 at Sunningdale. Sportingly, Hilton gave Cecil nine shots per 18 holes and found himself five holes up in the last round, with only the last 15 holes to play. Cecil, showing true grit, fought her way back and ended up winning on the 71st green 2 up and 1 to play.

Silloth has parliamentary connections too. Viscount Willie Whitelaw was the President of Silloth on Solway Golf Club until his death in 1999.

You have to make an extra special effort to get to Silloth because it is located in one of the most remote and isolated places in England, at the mouth of the Solway Firth. When you get to Silloth, it’s a surprise to see the nearby industry that slightly blots an otherwise perfect landscape.

With heather and gorse adding brilliant splashes of seasonal colour, this is a cracking links golf course. When the wind blows, it’s unlikely that you will play to your handicap. Even on a calm day, you’ll find it tough. "It is also the home of the winds," wrote Darwin, "when I was there the wind did not blow really hard, but hard enough to make a fool of me." Finding the tight greens is no mean feat and when you do, they are tough to read with their subtle borrows.

It’s well worth the time (and the money) to get to Silloth and once you get there, you won’t want to leave. You are at one of the best value golf courses in the whole of the British Isles.

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Description: 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... Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Reviews: 60
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I've played Silloth a couple of times and the last reviewers comments are bang on. Unbelievable value for money and a great warm welcom in the clubhouse. The course is a true test of golf with some really long carries and blind shots. A brute of a links in all weather.
September 25, 2008
8 / 10
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Brendan
October 25, 2008
Live in cumbria and find golf at silloth pricey since making the top 40. No deals available and limited tee times even when course quiet? Still one of the best courses in the county all the same.
mike J
Probably the best value for money Links Course in the UK fantastic
August 04, 2008
10 / 10
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John S
A great test of links golf, especially when the wind really blows. Silloth isnt the longest course you will ever play but with almost no 'flat' fairways, accuracy from the tee is vital to avoid the gorse. Some fantastic par 3's and a couple of reachable par 5's make a low score a possibilty, however if you stray only slightly from the beaten track this course can really bite you! The only blot is the unsightly industrial buildings that more the view on the home stretch however this is a very minor negative. A fantastic course and well worth a trip up to Cumbria, if this course were further South it would definitley be up there with the best of them.
June 12, 2008
8 / 10
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BraidsBrora
Played this treasure a couple a years ago now i think and , i hit the jackpot ! they had open qualifiers on the day after i played so the course condition was mint.it is well worth the trip to find this fantastic slab of links which will leave you longing to come back i know i will .
June 05, 2008
8 / 10
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cjfoster
Out of the way - but worth a detour. A very hard course - especially in the wind. Keep staright and avoid the rough. If you find your ball you won't get it very far. Great links golf - St George's just beats it as the best I've played in England but in VFM terms this is hard to beat as a greta days golf.
October 28, 2007
8 / 10
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Ted
I have some mixed feelings about Silloth - the plus points were some very fine holes, namely 3rd, 11th and 18th (plus all of the par 3's especially the short 9th), the good value for money green fees and a warm clubhouse welcome. The minus points were the docks and some housing do spoil the views on the opening and closing few holes, and it really is very remote. On balance, would recommend taking a detour via Southerness rather than Silloth, if travelling to West Scotland from the South.
January 09, 2007
6 / 10
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Cedric
January 09, 2007
The fact that the course is pretty remote definitely adds to the place in my point of view... That's a big part in your day out at Silloth!! A great place I found...
dan
July 23, 2009
Have played both and on balance feel that Silloth has more memorable holes than Southerness, but why not play both !
JOHN G. HOLBROOK
I played this lovely links course in Spring 2005.It was very challenging, we had 30 mph winds throughout the day. This course had the most friendly members of any club we played in England. The course offers great value at 35 pounds duringthe week. We would definitely play here again, the Lake District is a good base upon which to stay.
December 06, 2006
8 / 10
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Richard Smith
This is a wonderful links course that's 100 miles from everywhere. However, don't let the location deter you from seeking out and playing this challenging yet fun layout. The holes have a great variety of twists and turns, and every hole turns out to be much more of a test than you would think by looking at the card. The short par three 9th is one of the great short par threes in the world, up there with the postage stamp at Royal Troon and the 8th at Pebble Beach. We played there in the summer of 2006, and the conditions were very fast and dry, yet the course held it's own. Our group was based in Southport for our trip, and it was a 2 1/2 hour drive up from Southport, but this course deserves to be sought out and played by all lovers of links golf. Richard Smith, Knoxville, Tennessee
November 13, 2006
10 / 10
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Jake Thomas
£35 for 36 holes in the height of summer?! You will not get better value (or anything close) anywhere in the UK for a top 50 course. Outstanding. Morning round played in gentle conditions, but the course showed its teeth in afternoon when the wind (and rain) got up. Some fabulous holes - with some great par 3s. It's like going back in time in Silloth - but I'm not complaining - the course was superb. Old fashioned links that was great fun to play - fair and hugely enjoyable. Only problem is that it's miles from anywhere (although some would argue that this adds to its charm) - and views are spoiled by very ugly factory.... but it's the best value golf anywhere in the UK. Play this and Southerness - you will not be disapppointed (and still have change in your pocket).
September 04, 2006
10 / 10
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Cédric
A great wee course. Fun golf with a big F...Not the most immaculate course, not the longest either but a real test. Avoid the rough at all costs!
June 22, 2006
8 / 10
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