Carus Green is a picturesque course based in the village of Kendal, in the beautiful Lake District National Park!
Upon arrival, the first thing you notice is the clubhouse, it has to be one of the most impressive looking facilities you will see, its ultra modern look compliments the course superbly. It has a great bar/restaurant, we sampled both the breakfast and the full menu, both were very good. There's also accommodation onsite but we didn't get a chance to see those.
The large pro shop was really well stocked, with a a friendly team working who were very welcoming and helpful. There was also a driving range attached with very modern facilities, including a specialist fitting/tuition area and a little putting area, unfortunately due to time restrictions we didn't use these, but it looked great. We'd also like to note that the club did a really good job observing the Covid measures, it felt very safe/organised and the staff we spoke to were all really great.
Before our round we had a bit of a practice on the putting green before going off down the 1st, which is a nice little par 3 with a green nestled under a large rocky outcrop. We feel this gave a very unique opening to the round and there were many great holes to follow.
A big feature of this course is water, there are three rivers that intersect almost every hole and other water hazards scattered throughout the course, as well as the usual sandtraps and thick rough. Accuracy from the tee is of particular importance and the threat of the water keeps you on your toes at all times, you really need to think your way around the course, if you get to bold it will punish you but the test is fair and it makes for a very very enjoyable round!
The course is fairly flat but despite a week of heavy rain the drainage systems held up really well, leaving the course in excellent condition! Another real standout feature are the views of the Cumbrian countryside and Lake District fells. Finally the greens were in excellent condition, they certainly do their bit with some very tricky reads to make!
The second hole gives you your first taste of the signature water hazards, with a river running the length of the hole down the left side and you follow the same path on the third which is a nice little par 3. The short par 4 7th is one where the super adventurous could make a play for the green, but a run off from the fairway leads to more water, something we all thankfully avoided, just! We also enjoyed the par 5 9th, a fairly straight hole but with the green off to the left it leaves a very dicey shot over more water if you play down the wrong side, something you need to be navigate on many holes here.
The back nine is also throughly enjoyable with a great mix of holes. Our standout hole was probably the par 5 16th, a tight drive with OB down the left and bushes and water awaiting you down the right. The approach shot to the green, again over water was really fun! Finally, on the 18th you have a really cool looking par 3 with a large water hazard and the green tucked right under the clubhouse balcony, adding extra pressure to the end of your round!
In summary we really had a great trip to the lakes to play Carus Green, you can see why it is one of Cumbria's best! It really is a gem of a course in one of the countries best locations and we would definitely return to play when back in the area.