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, it was originally designed by Davy Grant (with a little help from Willie Park Junior). Silloth is famous for its affiliation with ladies' golf.

The famous Leitch sisters learnt to play golf 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: 55
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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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Jim McCann

First and foremost, golf at Silloth is exceptional value for money with green fees less than £50 (£35 midweek) for a top 50 course. Silloth is a good, old fashioned out and back layout with a real wild, untamed feel to the terrain – it’s very natural and nothing is tricked up here. Not overly long at just over 6300 yards from the regular gents tees, it really is a remote jewel that shines brightly in the northwest corner of England.

The clubhouse was a very welcoming place and indeed there was an Irish golfing society outing presentation taking place when we were there after our round. God knows what it must be like to score at Silloth when the wind gets up as this tight little track was a tough cookie to play on a good day in perfect scoring conditions. Pity about the old harbour mill which looms behind the clubhouse as you play the last few holes but concentrate on the job in hand as you’ll need your wits about you to get home in as few a number of blows as possible.

If you come this far off the main drag to play Silloth then I would highly recommend that you also play Southerness across the Solway Firth on the other side of the border giving you a real tough twosome to test your golfing prowess.

Jim McCann

June 21, 2006
6 / 10
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matty
The hardest course I have ever played. Play it when it is windy and it is one of the hardest courses in the UK. Lovely scenic views over the Solway and beautiful smooth greens.
May 18, 2006
10 / 10
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JOHN G. HOLBROOK
Went a long way to play this course but I was not disappointed. Very scenic, starts out with a drive over a sand dunes with the green set below. Some of the holes are right along the water. The par 3 nine very memorable, somewhat similar to the postage stamp at Royal Troon. The most friendly members I found at any club we played. I will play here again
May 09, 2006
8 / 10
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chris
Amazing links course. Large dunes with amazing views to the sea. Can be very hard when the wind is blowing. The only disappointment is the 17th and 18th. The club members are all very friendly as well.
February 26, 2006
8 / 10
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Golf as it should be. 18 great holes of links golf, friendly club members and pro shop, good value. On a gentle day Silloth can give up a good score, but when the wind off the Solway strengthens, so should the player brace himself for a challenge. The course has a few idiosyncracies, but so too do all great courses. A few blind carries and the vagaries of the links bounce test the players resolve.
October 24, 2005
10 / 10
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