We were excited to make the drive from Newcastle to Siloth in Cumbria to play the highly regarded Siloth on Solway Golf course. Located on the Cumbrian coast, overlooking the Irish Sea, the course is about 35 minutes west of Carlisle. The course boasts some incredible views of the nearby fells and the out to the sea.
Siloth has an impressive collection of accolades. It has been voted a very impressive 47th in the top 100 UK & Ireland golf courses by Golf Monthly, 20th in in England by Todays Golfer 21st by National Club Golfer, best course in UK & Ireland for under 100 and one of the best links courses too. Siloth on Solway GC is a course with serious pedigree. Needless to say we were very excited to get out and see what the course has to offer.
Silloth is a very traditional links course with it’s roots going back to 1892. The clubhouse, which was build a decade or so after the course was established, it’s a perfect match for the old style links course that awaits. The club house has a well stocked pro shop and a nice large bar/restaurant area. The service we received from everyone we encountered was top class.
The course has two practice putting greens and a couple of practice nets, which we made good use of before getting ready to tee off. The pro was kind enough to come out and give us some great tips and advice to help us navigate the course.
The course itself is super fun with a real mix of challenges to navigate. The rough is traditional gorse, but super thick and a real card wrecker if you can’t stay on the short stuff, speaking of which, the fairways were in superb condition and provide a lot run as they were playing super fast when we played. There’s a variety of blind t shots, undulating fairways, intimidating drives over the gorse/dunes but it is a real pleasure playing this course from tee to green.The greens themselves were excellent, well positioned with tricky pin locations, pot bunkers and like the fairways there were some large undulations to deal with.
Almost every hole is top class so picking our favourites was difficult, Siloth is one of those courses where a few rounds to get a feel for the place would be very beneficial, playing it for the first time has many pitfalls.
The par 3 7th and 9th are excellent, the 9th in particular hitting from a raised tee box overlooking the sea down to a well protected green with a steep run off is a great little hole. The par 4th is a brilliant hole with a blind driver over the gorse, a straight shot is needed to get a nice view of the green which is protected by steep run offs.
The par 5 13th is a hole that really plays with your mind, a tight looking drive that actually really opens up and is more generous that it seems, is followed by your approach to the green through a narrow gap with a load of gorse and hazards to a well protected green, probably the best hole at Siloth. The 18th is a nice way to close out the round, with some fairway bunkers that come into play, then a nice shot down the fairway, a decent approach will run right down to the green. The road running to the right adds a little more pressure to your shots as you close out in front of an audience at the clubhouse.
Siloth is a fantastic course, a really fun layout that really keeps you on your toes, in the mild winds we experienced it was a tough but fair test, I can imagine it is real brute in high winds, a course that will challenge the very best golfers out there, despite it’s fairly short length it is a true championship level course. We would highly recommend making the journey to give it a go for yourself, it may be remote, but it is certainly worth the trip.
After our round we were able to enjoy a nice pint in the sunshine whilst watching later groups finish up on 18. A perfect way to end our trip to the west coast of Cumbria.
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