Top 5 Golf Courses in the Lake District

Top 5 Golf Courses in the Lake District

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The Top 5 Golf Courses in the Lake District:

(including a couple just outside the Lakes but within Cumbria)

The Lake District offers a lot of extreme sporting adventures, from mountain biking to fell running and climbing, there’s something for all sporting backgrounds. The Lakes landscape also lends itself to other, non-extreme sports, such as golf, some of the most beautiful courses in the North of England being here. The beautiful backdrops of the Fells and Lakes, along with some great clubhouses, and stunning 18-hole courses, create the atmosphere for a perfect game of golf, here in the Lake District.

 

1. Windermere Golf Club

 

Windermere Golf Club was established in 1891, and is one of the oldest clubs in Cumbria. It is in the heart of the Lake District, offering breath-taking views of Windermere and the surrounding fells. The course is described as “unique”, “challenging” and as having a “joyous layout” (http://www.windermeregolfclub.co.uk).  

The 18-hole course has no man-made bunkers, due to the course being in the centre of the Lakes, a world heritage site, and uses natural hazards, created by heather and bracken. It also features rocky outcrops, natural water hazards, and narrow fairways to create a challenge for all levels.

On a clear day, there is 360° views of Morecambe Bay to the south, Coniston old man to the west, Langdale and Fairfield horseshoe to the north, the high Street to the north-east and Pennines to the east.

There is a similar, simple online booking system to Carus Green, and prices range from £20 - £25 for adults, and £12.50 for juniors. It can also be booked on the day, at the clubhouse on the course.

 

2. Carus Green Golf Course

This 18 hole, parkland, golf course is described as a “stiff but fair test” on their website (http://www.carusgreen.co.uk). It is located on the edge of the Lake District, about 1 mile away from the historic town of Kendal, the gateway to the Lakes.

Carus Green is surround by idyllic views of the surrounding Cumbria countryside and Kentmere Fells, and the beautiful views only add to the game. There are three rivers which run through the course; the River Kent, the River Mint and the River Sprint, adding variety and interest to the course and creating natural water hazards across five different holes.

Though it was opened in 1996, it was recently remodelled, and is quickly becoming a favourite of the locals and visitors alike. It is a very hospitable course, with a newly remodelled clubhouse with bar and restaurant, and hospitable rules, such as its unrestricted guest policy, for the club. The course is quickly becoming one of the most popular in Cumbria and the North West, hosting Northern PGA events each year.

Visitors, and members, are able to easily book online a “tee time”, as well as booking in person at the course. Online booking costs around £18 for one player, £36 for two, £54 for three, and £72 for four players.

 

3. Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

The Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club offers players men’s and women’s 18-hole courses set in the beautiful Lune Valley, on the border between the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. Set across 160 acres, the course is designed to follow the natural, rolling terrain of the Valley and surrounding fells, creating an extremely exciting experience for the players.

The courses are described as a challenge but enjoyable, with a mixture of short and long holes, with well-kept, lush fairways. The scenic location, allows for a peaceful game, alone or with friends, and provides beautiful views as a backdrop.

Prices vary depending on the time of day, but range between £12 and £15 for a single player, £24 and £30 for two, £36-£45 for three, and £48-£60 for four people. You can book online through the website (http://www.kirkbylonsdalegolfclub.com) or can book at the club.

There is a pro shop, bar and restaurant available in the clubhouse. Club hire, trolley hire, and buggy hire is also available upon request.

 

4. Keswick Golf Club

Set in the heart of the northern Lakes, Keswick Golf Club offers beautiful 18-hole parkland course. It offers players a challenge, measuring just over 6200 yards, and is very well-laid out, offering a stunning golfing experience.

The views surrounding the course have been described as breath-taking, and often taking the players attention away from the golf so that they can admire the scenery. The course offers panoramic views of the Fells surrounding Keswick, such as Blencathra, Skiddaw, and the Helvellyn range.

The beautiful course uses features from the natural landscape surrounding the course, having tight, tree-lined fairways, and strategically placed bunkers to create an enjoyable and exciting experience for players. It also offers practice facilities for all abilities, including a putting green, two pitching greens, and a 300-yard practice fairway, close to the first hole’s tee.

Booking is available online and rates start at £12.50, for a single player, for the whole 18-hole course.

(http://www.keswickgolfclub.com)

 

5. Eskdale Golf Course

Eskdale Golf Course, near the small costal village of Ravenglass, in the Eskdale Valley, is a secluded 18-hole parkland course, measuring just under 5500 yards.  It is enjoyable for all levels experience, and offers stunning views.

The views and the challenging, and interesting, layout attract golfers each year, as it is designed for to create difficulty for even the most skilled player. Henry Cotton, three times open champion in the 1940s helped in the course development and layout, to create a skilful and exciting game for all golfers.

They have a signature 14th hole, which is 151 yards long with an elevated tee looking across the green, which is set within a vast trout pond. Golfers will need an accurate shot to stay out of trouble.

The Esk Café is run from the club house and offers a wide selection of homemade cakes and snacks, and hot and cold drinks at the end of the course.

Booking is available via email, or over the phone, as there is no online booking system. However, booking a ‘tee time’ is well worth the phone call, as this beautiful course will be a great game for all.

(http://www.eskdalegolf.co.uk/index.html)

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