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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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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CA
If there is a better value course in the Top 100 I would be extremely surprised.
October 27, 2004
8 / 10
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A glorious course with a lovely natural flow to the holes. Wonderfully scenic, very challenging. Accuracy is everything on many of the holes with sunken greens and big trouble off to the sides. Negative points? The car park is far from scenic (and?), and on the seventeenth and eighteenth, the houses on the right of the holes remind you you're in a faded Cumbrian seaside town, and not a golfing elysium. And the location? OK, it's remote - but the drive from the M6 is gorgeous. Probably the best course I've played - and a bargain!
September 20, 2004
8 / 10
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Rory Warner
An outstanding links course with many interesting and testing holes. I would travel a long way to play this course again.
September 04, 2004
8 / 10
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Sally
A seriously windblasting course - tests you to the very limits. Very natural, very tough but leaves you with an amazing sense of achievement once you've played it - and plenty of memories too - from the great views across the Solway Firth, a clubhouse with plenty of history and searches through wild gorse for your lost balls (and those of many who went before). Not a course for the faint hearted but then I did play it in November.
June 07, 2004
8 / 10
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Billy
This is a seriously tough course. Immaculately maintained and an absolute delight to play. Links golf at its most supreme.
March 31, 2004
8 / 10
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