Silloth on Solway, England
 
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Silloth on Solway Golf Club
The Club House
Silloth on Solway
Cumbria
CA7 4BL
England
ArchitectDavy Grant, Willie Park Jnr
Head Professional/Director of GolfJonathan Graham
Telephone+44 (0) 16973 31304
Location20 miles W of Carlisle
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsContact in advance
Club Secretary/ ManagerAlan Oliver
 

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 Jnr.). 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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I returned to Silloth today - eight years after my last visit - in expectation of a decent winter’s day out on the links under sunny blue skies and I’m glad to report that neither the course nor the weather disappointed. In fact, the course was WAY better than I remembered it from June of 2006. Silloth is most certainly the real golfing deal and I’m sure if it was located further south (even only as far as the Southport coastline) it would be lionized Silloth-on-Solway Golf Course - Photo by reviewernationally to a far greater extent. There’s so much to admire here – the frequent use of offset tees set at 45° to the fairway, the number of semi blind approaches to bathtub greens and the general ruggedness of the tumbling terrain, to name but a few of its attributes. And what a tester the (stroke index 1) 13th is: playing steadily uphill from the tee, with an intimidating ridge that slashes diagonally across the fairway, this is one tough par five if ever there was one, even from the regular tees! My only complaint (and it’s picky, I know) is the slightly cramped feel to the holes at 10 and 11, where out of bounds encroaches on the right of the fairways. I only mention this as I thought at the time: “all those unused acres to the left, between these two fairways and the Firth, and both holes end hard up against the perimeter fence?” Don’t let that minor gripe put you off though as Silloth’s a mighty links that’s well worth a visit, especially when the club charges less than 30 quid for a round in the close season – time to step in!! Jim McCann.
02 December 2014 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Utterly brilliant. Every holes a challenge and looks stunning! Warm welcome (not always the norm at some great Links venues). Greens are true and well sloped and some of the bunkers a delight! Will rush back but unfortunately not local. At £50 a round you just cannot believe it!
06 November 2014 See other reviews from this reviewer
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I played in nice weather in September 2013. True to reputation, this course is an unheralded gem, limited only by it's somewhat remote location near the Scottish border. Greens and fairways were both in excellent shape, with a series of holes requiring longish, accurate shots. Three members joined me during my round, and one made the point that the course would be a viable entrant into the Open rota if it were 500 yards longer and locational logistics were more favorable. Hard to argue with that assessment, as the course does compare favorably to Lytham, Turnbery, Hoylake and others.
27 September 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Stopped off at Silloth on our way north to Fife in mid-June. Played in a 3-club wind with heavy rain for the final 9 holes of our round. Despite the conditions we enjoyed our round. On a number of fairways there were GUR marked out in hollows where presumably water had collected and remained over the Winter/Spring months. Otherwise the course was in excellent condition. Favourite holes were the short 9th and very tricky 13th. In my opinion, the two finishing holes are a little bland by comparison with what precedes them. Silloth is challenging and enjoyable in almost equal measure. This was my third visit and hope to go back again.
24 June 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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However far off the beaten track this place looks, throw the map away and get yourself there, its well worth the effort. some fanastic holes, front nine has some memorable holes, quite a few with sunken greens in amongst the sand dunes so blind shots to flags .... you just know the greens down there somewhere. the back nine is little more forgetable but its a great test of golf. friendly enough welcome, and dont be put off by the 'ghost town' drive down the seafront to get to the course ... i guess it just adds to the isolated feel and nature of the place. if you make the effort to drive to here, also go that little bit further over the border and try Southerness which probably isn't that far over the Solway - as the crow flies....
06 June 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Played at Silloth in early may on a damp, dull day but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I've played Silloth 5 times now and I love the course more each time I play it. The course was is fantastic condition and the greens were superb. In more recent years the course has become a little easier to play, especially from the tee, as much of the gorse has been removed from some holes but this does detract from the course. All in all I'd say that Silloth is without doubt the best value course in the UK.
22 May 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Played Silloth on a very cold windy and rainy day in March when it would have been really easy to hate it. But, I thought it fantastic. The first 9 I thought I was to have the round of my life, but then we turned into the wind and very nearly ruined our cards. The course is stunning, thought provoking, demanding but very fair. I would imagine that on a beautiful day it would be breathtaking and I only hope I get the chance to play it again like that. Off course the people were very welcoming and attentive and the refreshments are good and fairly priced. Back on the course I cannot single out an outstanding hole as they were all individual and special.
10 March 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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If any serious golfer has ventured to the very north of England, scoured the map and thought that Silloth Golf Club is just a bit too far out of the way. Well, I would seriously advise them to have a rethink and make the effort to play there. The course is a real test for any level of golfer but the sheer variety of holes never lets you get bored at any point during the round. There are short par 3’s, short par 4’s, testing dog-leg par 4’s and one of the best par 5’s I’ve played. As you would expect, when the wind blows the course can be brutal, demanding patience and nerve hit narrow fairways and small well-protected greens. Unfortunately, for my visit in November it was very evident that the course had suffered due to the sheer amount of rain that had fallen throughout 2012. I would be very surprised if money is not invested in extra drainage to certain areas of the course. Some of the low lying areas on some of the fairways were a foot deep in water. For a links course this is extremely rare but to be fair it didn’t detract from the overall challenge of the course in any way at all. There are some truly memorable holes. If only all course designers could take a look at the 9th; a short but memorable par 3. Measuring only 130 yards, the tee shot is played from a raised tee but it demands precision and total commitment to hit the small target. If that isn’t enough there are some deep well-placed bunkers surrounding the green, seemingly staring at you whilst you deliberate what club to hit. Who needs a 250 yard par 3 when they are as good as this? The 13th is just one of the many holes that has used the natural contours of the land to maximum effect. In this instance a sublime, strategically challenging par 5 has been created. The tee shot must find the relatively flat fairway but it is only then that the fun really starts. Should you lay- up short of the banks of heather you can see in the distance or try to hit a fairway wood or hybrid to the raised area short of the green? The only problem is that this area is very small and if you go left you’ll have a horrendous lie; similarly if you go right heavy heather lies in wait. The fun doesn’t stop there as the fall offs from both sides of the green are steep and severe. What a wonderful golf hole ! The 2 holes I’ve outlined are just a small glimpse of what there is on offer. I could wax lyrical about the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th and 14th holes which are all a great test of golf in their own right. I was so glad that I made the effort to go out of my way to play Silloth. If any serious golfer has not done so, I would advise them to go out of their way to play here. It is a super course with a splendid variety of holes. It is tough but it is fair and a rollercoaster ride you won’t forget in a hurry. Simply, a must play golf course. Steve Searle
24 November 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Played at Silloth last weekend after a 4 year absence in glorious conditions, warm sunshine and not a breath of wind. Having only ever played here in winter the course certainly played easier but it still offers a stiff challenge in benign conditions. Playing from the white tees the course is long enough but it does not feel like a hard slog. The front is the better visually, with the view off the 5th tee being the highlight, but the back nine is the more difficult. The course gives you good opportunities to score well, the 2nd and 10th are two short par 4's and all of the par 5's do offer you a birdie chance as they are not over long. But in my opinion the strength of the course lies with its par 3's, four of them in all. The first is the 6th, from an elevated tee it’s a mid iron to a bowl shaped green with trouble and a devilish bunker front left. The 9th, along with the 5th, is probably the signature hole on the course. Only a wedge or 9 iron, its surrounded by bunkers and steep run offs either side of the green. The two pars 3s on the back nine, 12 and 15, are of similar length were a long iron or hybrid is needed to hit the green. Both holes have thick gorse and heavy rough running down the entire right hand side of the hole, so anything slighty off line is a goner. The greens are raised up too so you cant run the ball in. To finish the course has a long par 5 (17) and a great par 4 in 18 that finishes at the side of the clubhouse. Yes silloth is a bit of a treck but not that much of a treck !!, make the effort, if you do you wont be disappointed. Excellent
24 September 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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This is one of the best links I have played, really punishing rough, very true greens although not very fast. The catering is spot on, and all the staff we met were friendly and extremely proud of their club. The weather may decide how well your scorecard looks and if your home club allows you to open your shoulders Silloth may be a stiff challenge. 10/10 for me.
16 July 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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