Our latest course review has us visiting Penrith Golf Club. Penrith is located in the shadows of the spectacular Lake District so we were very excited to get up there and play.
We had a quick chat with the pro, who has a nice well stocked shop and met with the guys from Golf Lake District who set the day up for us, we were made to feel very welcome by everyone we met. We had a bacon sandwich and a coffee to warm us up before heading out onto the course.
On the day of our round, the wind was fierce to start with and there had been a lot of rain in the previous days and overnight. However, once we got tee'd off and into the course the wind had settled and the course held up really well to all the rain it had soaked up, the greens in particular were excellent. Despite being set up on a hill, the course is not too challenging to walk and some of the views you will encounter of the lake district fells are simply brilliant, especially around holes 8,9,10!.
Penrith is a par 69 and measures at just over 5800 yards from the yellows.The course offers a nice variety of holes, with some really nice par 3's and some challenging and long par 4's (specially with wind). Most fairways are tree lined that will really punish wayward drives, the bunkers are in great condition and some of the greens are well protected by them or steep run offs. The middle third of the round is a little more undulating and includes some of the best holes on this course, in our view.
The par 3's at Penrith all offer a unique challenge and are fun to play. The 9th is a long tough par 3 which is followed by the shortest hole on the course, the 10th is a truly stunning hole, very short but with a raised and well protected green, your approach has to be accurate to get away with par.
The 11th is a fairly straightforward downhill par 4, but the views here of the fells are incredible. Good birdie chance if you can hit the fairway. You then go back up the hill on 12, a much tougher hole with tree lined fairways and bunkers awaiting wayward shots, you are certainly happy if you get out of here with a par.
After our round we enjoyed a pint and some food and watched groups finishing up on the 18th green. The bar/restaurant is under new ownership and the service and quality of food that we had was top notch!
Finally we want to say a huge thank you to the guys at Golf Lake District, they helped make sure the day went smoothly and made sure we had a great day golfing in Cumbria. With all of the challenges getting abroad to golf this summer you can't go wrong with a weekend in the lakes and a few rounds at courses like Penrith and other local gems that Cumbria has to offer. Check them out here - https://www.golflakedistrict.co.uk/index.html