Golf in the Lake District and Cumbria

windermere_golf_course01.jpgFor golfing enthusiasts, the Lake District and Cumbria provides a fabulous choice of courses, with a myriad of different types to challenge all golfers, whatever your level and experience. From genuine championship links, to pay and play 9 hole versions, Cumbria offers in total as many as 33 golf courses.

Unsurprisingly, with its remarkable terrain, the Lake District boasts the highest course in England. This is at Alston which is around 1000 feet above sea level, where there's a 10 hole golf course. The Lake District also hosts one of the oldest courses in England in Furness Golf Club (on the coast at Barrow-in-Furness) and the 6th oldest in the whole country. Kendal Golf Club celebrated its centenary in 1991 and has been at its present location for over 110 years.

The Championship Links at Silloth on the Solway Firth was voted 31st in a Golf Monthly poll of Britain and Ireland’s top courses in 2006. Despite this, it's still one of the Lake District's best kept secrets and has been described as “the least talked about classic golf course in Britain.” Silloth was used as a British Open qualifying course in 2007 and Carlisle has been played as a regional qualifying course.

Silloth Golf CourseCommon to most of the golf courses in the Lake District is the beautiful backdrop of the Cumbrian countryside, with views of the Lake District fells, dales, rivers, tarns and estuaries. Windermere Golf Club with its spectacular views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells, has been referred to as a 'miniature Gleneagles' by the golfing press. Several Cumbrian courses were originally laid out by some of the most famous golf course designers of their time. For example, during the 1920s Dr. Alistair McKenzie was in considerable demand in the United States but still found the time to design the course at Grange-over-Sands.

james_braid1.jpgAnother renowned Scottish course architect, James Braid, laid out Brampton and Cockermouth's courses and Carlisle's golf course was designed by Mackenzie Ross. For year round playability Appleby Golf Course takes some beating. It is free draining and the greens are the envy of many all the year round. In 2010 Ulverston Golf Club celebrated 100 years of the game being played at Bardsea Park with a series of events. Their course features a 150ft Grade II listed monument that dates back to 1792.

Several of the Cumbrian golf courses have driving ranges attached to their golf club: Carrus Green, Eden Golf Club and Penrith Golf Centre each have a 16 bay driving range. These are ideal for both serious golfers and for someone just starting the game or if you get a wet day whilst on holiday in the Lake District.

So for beautiful views in the splendour of the Lake District, challenging courses for the discriminating golfer designed by some of golf's best names, you can't do better than pick the Lake District for a golf break.

Golf Lessons and Golf Clubs in the Lake District & Cumbria

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Kendal Golf Club

The course at Kendal Golf Club overlooks the historic market town of Kendal
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St Bees Golf Club

A hilly golf course with small greens, which can be tough when the wind blows.
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Penrith Golf Centre & Driving Range

With a rapidly maturing 9 hole golf course, well stocked pro's shop and16 bay driving range,
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Grange-over-Sands Golf Club

An 18 hole parkland course, originally laid out by the famous golf course architect, Alistair MacKenzie.
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Keswick Golf Club

An 18 hole parkland course with exceptional views of the Lake District.
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Silecroft Golf Club

A nine hole true links golf course near Millom which is situated right on the coast.
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Cockermouth Golf Club

Cockermouth Golf Club

A scenic fell land 18 hole course, designed by famous golf course architect James Braid.
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Brampton Golf Club

A James Braid designed heathland course with plenty of heather and bracken.
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Seascale Golf Club

A well-maintained 18 hole, par 71 links course situated on the west coast of Cumbria with excellent greens.
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Penrith Golf Club

A cracking golf course which was created in 1890, set above the town of Penrith.
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Workington Golf Club

An 18 hole golf course, originally designed by James Braid, which enjoys distant views of the western Lake District 
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Grange Fell Golf Club

A 9 hole golf course cut into the side of Grange Fell in Grange-over-Sands offering great panoramic views.
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Stony Holme Golf Club

An 18 hole municipal parkland course, bounded by the River Eden located 5 minutes from Carlisle city centre.
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Carus Green Golf Course

Carus Green Golf Club

A relatively new golf course on the edge of Kendal.
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Carlisle Golf Course

Carlisle Golf Club

Carlisle Golf Course is a parkland golf course, just minutes from the motorway.
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Sedbergh Golf Club

The golf course is in a very scenic and tranquil setting offering great views of the Howgills and Lune Valley.
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Alston Moor Golf Club

The 10 hole Alston Moor Golf club is the highest golf course in England.
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Dunnerholme Golf Club

A 10 hole genuine links golf course alongside the estuary of the Duddon River, with water in play on five holes.
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Appleby Golf Club

Appleby Golf Club

Appleby Golf Club is a genuine heathland / moorland golf course, designed by Willie Fernie.
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Silloth on Solway Golf Club

A championship links course rated in the top 50 courses in Britain and Ireland by Golf World magazine.
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Maryport Golf Club

Maryport Golf Club

Situated on the Solway coast with 9 holes of parkland and 9 holes of links golf.
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Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

A parkland golf course situated between the village of Barbon and the banks of the River Lune.
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Casterton Golf Club

Casterton Golf Club

A 9 hole golf course overlooking the River Lune and the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.
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Windermere Golf Club

With spectacular views over Windermere and the surrounding fells.
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Barrow Golf Club

Barrow golf course in Furness in Cumbria is a meadowland course which overlooks the Duddon Estuary towards Black Coombe.
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Eden Golf Club

Opened in 1991, this course has now matured with tight, tree lined fairways.
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Furness Golf Club

A classical links golf course situated on Walney Island off Barrow-in-Furness, the sixth oldest golf course in England.
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Ulverston Golf Club

The golf course covers 190 acres of mature part-wooded parkland and includes a huge practice ground.
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Whitehaven Golf Club

The golf course set in a sprawling 163-acre parkland above Whitehaven is the newest, most modern course in Cumbria.
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