40 reviews of Silloth on Solway Golf Club
Just played this cracking golf course today in a four ball..set off at 6 from manchester for a 10 o clock tee time...got some practice in first..then stood on the 1st with at least a 3club wind into..hit a sweet 3 iron all of 120yds!..at least I hit the fairway just.went on and played the rest of this memorable course with a smile.very friendly club I recommend highly...just try and play within your ability and admire the views..loved it
Our society of 17 played four rounds over a weekend for our annual competition weekend. Silloth is classic links, with tight fairways, gorse and HEATHER. We all play links at our home course so were familiar with the challenge of the wind (not to say we met that challenge)but the heather was murder. Take a sand wedge and hack it back in play. The greens were excellent, only averagely quick but clearly capable of 'lightning'. Blind holes have to be accepted on a traditional links, and they can be fun if you go with it. We had it breezy, so it was 130-yard four irons into the wind and drive/iron on the downwind par fives. One particularly breezy round saw all 17 of us miss the green on the 121-yard par three 9th. Don't mock - you try it.
Just to add, we've never had a warmer welcome at a golf club in 20+ years. This years Captain of Silloth is an excellent ambassador.
The final course on our Lakes tour, played Friday 13 May 2011. I booked this course after numerous people spoke highly of it. I was not disappointed, you drive in through the docks into the clubhouse car park, clubhouse is old building but yet retains its modern feel. Very friendly staff indeed. The view from the bar up the 1st and 18th is tremendous and gives you an idea of whats to follow. We had a stiff breeze all day which meant at least 9 holes into the wind so we had a good test. One of the guys hit his driver on a par 3 to win nearest the pin (say no more). The greens were amazing, if you set a putt off it stayed as you played it, best I have played on for a long time, the bunkers were immaculate as were the tee boxes. Too many holes to mention there all good, the only dampner on the day was the wind and hail and rain, would definatly make the 2 hour journey to play again in calm sunny conditions as this would be a course to score well on. Up there in my top 5 played courses without a doubt. PLAY IT
played Silloth as our final course of the lakes trip on the 13th may '11.
it was a really windy day with very heavy rain at times and not a great day for golf but on arriving at the clubhouse its a very traditional style building and we were given a warm welcome by the bar staff.
the course itself is immaculate and was in superb condition with the greens being some of the best i have ever putted on. the fairways were quick and if you drove the ball well it would set up good birdie and par chances.
the only thing i didnt like about the course was there was A LOT of blind shots which i personally dont like and if i played the course again i would play a lot of the holes very differently. the views are magnificant and its a course i would love to play on a calm day.
a real tough test of golf!
overall 7.5 out of 10
Ahhhhhh Silloth....Why dost thou take with one hand and give with tuther? Have played this amazing course twice now and it feels like a diferent course both times. The first was a windy autumn day, where my bag was blown over (standing) in the car-park. The second, a barmy november day with not a breath of wind, that had me wearing a t-shirt!!!
This is simply my favourite course in England (Saunton East is a close second). Allow me to create the scene..
'As i walk down the hill from the second tee, I look ahead agonisingly to see where my ball lies. The relief of just finding it fizz'z through my lungs. Looking up I view a sunken green surrounded by crater bunkers and heavenly purple heather. A deep breath as I plunge another one into the wind, and see It hit the dance-floor. Golfing bliss is a phrase over-used these days, but gentleman this is a course to sort the men from the boys. This is golf, this is the end of the earth and the final battle has begun. ENJOY.............
I played at Silloth Golf Club on Thursday 26/03/09 with a friend on our way up to Scotland for a short golf break. This course is nothing short of fantastic, by far the best course I've ever played......and by far the hardest course I've also ever played but that may have also had something to do with the constant 30+mph wind coming in from the coast, but thats part and parcel of playing a links course I suppose!
People have mentioned about this course being out of the way but in all honesty its only about 45 min off the M6 so well worth a visit and it won't disappoint. The fairways and greens where immaculate, the whole course layout is intersting but go off line a fraction and it will punish you.
As we played the course I think we saw about 6 other golfers so it really was as though you had the whole place to yourself and for £33 each a total bargain.
Can not wait to play this course again, I really can't praise it enough.
Drove down from Glasgow after reading some of the praise on this site. Fantastic golfing landscape, with each hole in splendid isolation. The wayward receive no help from other fairways etc. Played in 15-25mph winds which complimented the course perfectly. Greens not as fast as I'd expected but it had been very windy that week so suspected they were balancing the course. Very nice clubhouse with lovely food. Great day out for £39 for a DAY!, unbeatable value.
Although Silloth is in England, it was part of a Scottish golf tour by 6 Swedish golfers. We played it on July 15, 2008.
The weather was rather inclement with rain threatening and the wind blowing about 25 mph when we set out in mid-morning (it later dropped a bit, to maybe 18 - 20 mph). Fortunately we only had a few drops of rain and towards the end of the round, there was even some blue in the sky.
Some in our party grumbled a bit about blind tee shots and approach shots, but to me that's an essential part of traditional links golf. I found Silloth to be probably the most fun course to play that I've encountered so far (and I have played golf for more than 25 years). Add to that excellent greens and top quality turf, and what more could you ask?
Almost every hole would merit a special mention, but if I must select two above the others it would be holes 3 and 9. Hole 3 is a short par 4 with the most amazing natural sand hollows in dubes both to the right and the left. My tee shot was short and to the left and ended up in one of these hollows, giving me a brutal insight into the origins of bunkers as we know them today. Hole 9 is a lovely little par 3, only 121 yards from the yellow tees, but well bunkered and not at all easy when the wind blows.
The clubhouse is nice and cosy with spacious and modern locker rooms.
Being from merseyside i"ve played many of the top course"s in the area [Formby, West Lancs, Southport and Ainsdale ect, all i can say is for about half the green fee price of the fore named track"s this course is superb value,although a little bit of the beaten track, its well worth the time and effort to visit,if you enjoy links golf this is a must.
The most fun I have ever had on a golf course. I have now played Silloth 5 times and it gets better and better every time. From the very back tees (blue I think), it is a monster. It is very difficult to single out any holes for special mention as there are so many that are classics. However playing from the back tees on the 5th and 13th is amazing. And the 9th is a classic par 3 which in my humble opinion is only bettered by the 13th at Muirfield and equalled by the 2nd/6th at Dornoch. Apart from some of the Open Championship courses, only Dornoch betters Silloth and that is only just. However, if you are talking about value for money, then Silloth is the best in the UK. You need your A game here. And the food in the clubhouse is brilliant.
Shhhhhh! Keep this quiet. The most amazing golf experience you will ever encounter. But don't tell anyone else!!! I absolutely love it.
We arrived at the course on the 30th April 2007 and had booked tee times for 9:30 and 9:40 on a Monday morning. The course we were told by the club pro is usually quiet on Monday's - which it was. Believe what has already been said about this course, everthing from the tees, greens, bunkers, fairways etc, to the clubhouse is first class. I believe that if this course was a shade longer then it would surely have hosted an Open Championship by now, it already is used for the qualifiers and it's easy to see why. The only downside on the day was that there weren't any course planners available due to supply reasons. If your ever lucky enough to play this great course then I would highly recommend that you get one before you play because there are quite a number of blind holes to navigate but nonetheless this didn't spoil our enjoyment. One of my party has played a number of Open venues including Royal Birkdale and he rated this course better than that, so for £45 this represents great value for money. Can't wait to go back again and play this gem of a course.
it's the only golf course that has taken my breath away on seeing the first hole,like walking into battle not knowing what lies ahead,but every hole has its own character and wherever you look there are fantastic views.do not go off line as the heather and sea grass will chew you up and spit you out.can't wait to go back.
3rd july 2006
Visited Silloth again on Friday 9th June 2006 on beautiful still day as part of a mini-break in Cumbria. Even in these conditions it was a great challenge.
There are no more superlatives to add to everything that has already been written about this course and the whole experience of a day there.
The only thing I would suggest is that a delegation from all the links clubs on the "Southport" coast should travel up to Silloth to see how visitors are made welcome and only pay a green fee of around £35 for the privilege!
Man it tough!!
This is some course. It grabs you and shakes you about like a dog with a bone. Great layout and very good condition. Off line is a complete no no most the time. Play here it will not disappoint. Great welcome from the members too (its like they know what you're in for once your round begins!)
Great all round experience. A must play (even if just to see how you cope with a near no win battle !) Loved it
A fantastic course , the front nine is a very tough test, especially if the wind is blowing. If you miss a fairway you are in trouble!!! The back nine allows you to put a score together.
Well worth a trip to play especially as it is only £33, an absolute bargain. One of the best links courses you are likely to play. Go out of your way and enjoy!!!
Played last year and after recently playing Carnoustie (see comments), which was superb, realise just how good this course was. Never seen bunkers manicured so well, just don't go in! admire them from afar! the greens were so slick unfortunately I got a bit "yippy", my fault not theirs. Again as with all our outings it was probably the 5 am finish (after a 5pm start) in the bar that did for me anyway. All said this must be pound for pound the best course in the UK!
Played early June 2005. Fantastic greens and well worth a long journey to get there. Weather adds to the experience, the wind can be as unforgiving as the rough! However, love the place and will return again and again. The biggy event is 4th July when the qualifiers are played there. Stayed in a 3* excellent hotel in Skinburness, just down the road, which just made the whole experience great! Congratulations Silloth Golf Club!
Played the Silloth course in late May 2005, it was
a long drive but worth the time. That day was a 2
to 3 club wind, very picturesque golf course. The ninth hole was a great par 3 similar to the postage stamp. Great value for the money. The members were very friendly to us. I would go back
Our Society played at Silloth, for the first time, in July 2004 and prior to our visit we had heard what a great course it was and an urban myth that the only reason they dont have the Open here is because the town is too small to cope?
Despite being at a remote location, Silloth exceeded all of our expectations and made the 7:00 am start from Liverpool more than worth it.
There is no link to the Website here but the Club do have one if you do a search of your own.
I havent seen a course on this site with so much player feedback and I cant add much more to what has already been said other than to agree that Silloth must rate in the top few courses in the UK. The greens were absolutely fantastic and the scenery (apart from the car park) would be hard to equal.
For the average Society like us and the casual visitor, Silloth is a must. One of the joys is that you pay a sensible green fee for the day (£32). ..probably less than half you would expect to pay at the self proclaimed elite links courses a bit further South. I can guarantee that Silloth would be the equal, at least, of any other Links course.
You are assured of a friendly reception from the Secretary, Staff and Members alike and this made for a most memorable day. The Secretary and Treasurer even took the trouble to arrange a suitable buggy for one of our lads to enable him to play.
If you ever get the chance to visit Silloth, dont pass it up or be put off by the long drive as you wont be disappointed. Once you have been, you will be desperate to return for more. We will be going back as soon as we possibly can!
I am a member of this fine golf club but (unfortunately) at the moment live in Birmingham because of work commitments. Having played dozens of courses in the Midlands and beyond I always look forward enormously to my visits to Silloth. It is difficult to explain how good this course is. In comparison to any courses I have played, none come close. In June they play the open qualifiers here, which will give perhaps an inkling of the quality of the course. The best (and worst) thing about Silloth is you can hit a perfect drive that'll bounce off the uneven hillocky fairway and put you in the rough! Some of the drives are blind as are some of the approach shots to the green- local knowledge is very very useful here. The greens themselves are always excellent and in the summer super fast and true. The other thing to mention is the excellent value for money both in terms of the green fees and the clubhouse facilities, not to mention the membership fee! I have family in the Midlands and they love to come up North to play with their friends on this amazing course.
Fantastic course - rented two 3 bed caravans 1 mile away for just over £700 in July 2002 for 2 weeks - Solway Holiday Village which also has a nine hole course (of sorts) on site.
The bit nobody seems to have mentioned - green fees are half-price if you tee-off after 5pm during the week - i.e. £16 for 18 holes in 2004 to play a course that's always in beautiful condition. I've parred most of the holes and typically lose 6-8 balls per round - hence not broken 100 yet...practice facility is also excellent
I played this course on a very sunny day, unfortunately there was a howling gale coming off the sea which made it very difficult to keep the ball in play. This is a must-play course with a total links experience, the greens are very slick and not for the faint hearted.
I am already making plans to return.
My mother lived in Silloth and when I was a lad I used to have a great time playing on the sand dunes and messing around in the sea. I was asked to go and join in with some freinds who played with the Juniors and it was my first introduction to Golf.
I'm now a member at Gleneagles, but Silloth is my spiritual golfing home. This is a very good course and is in excellent condition even after the dry summer. The fairways give a good clean lie and the greens are firm, true and quickish.
I played Silloth on 18th October 2003 and can report that it is a wonderful golfing experience. I'm sure you've all seen it listed in the top 50 courses in the UK. It's no accident that Silloth is so consistently highly rated by the glofing fraternity.
It takes around 30 to 45 minutes to get to Silloth from the M6, depending on which junction you use. It's a pleasant drive...so there's no excuses that it's a bit 'out of the way'. In fact the best things are worth the extra effort. I guarantee you'll be rewarded.
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