The Lake District has over ten quality golf courses and clubhouses, so a day on the green is never far away when holidaying here in the Lakes. Plus, with enviable views and mountain-fresh air, it’s not difficult to see why teeing off here is a must.
Whether you just want to get your golf fix whilst on holiday, you’re keen to arrange a sociable golfing break or want to plan some time to perfect your swing, let’s take a look at golf courses across the Lake District for you pit your handicap against.
Windermere Golf Club, hailed by the press as a “miniature Gleneagles”, offers golfing with some of the very best views of any golf course in the UK. It also has an excellent reputation for its quality USGA-spec greens.
Elevated above Lake Windermere, the 18 hole 67 par, 5,122-yard course, has panoramic views south to Morecambe Bay, over to the iconic Langdale Pikes and east to the Kentmere Horseshoe and High Street.
Whilst a short course, it offers plenty of challenges. For beginners, resident pro Simon Edwards is on hand to get you towards your golfing goals. And pop into the Pro shop for any upgrades you may be hankering after. This is a good choice for if you’re spending time in the Lakes to work on your swing strength and technique.
Windermere Golf Club is a typical Lake District golf course, with lots of hills and swathes of perfect greenery and whilst the scenery is perhaps less dramatic than some of the others, it is very idyllic indeed. And, as you would expect from a course in the ‘capital of the Lake District’, the club has a superb restaurant with enviable views as well as a busy events calendar.
Keswick Golf Club takes us to the ‘northern capital of the Lake District’. It also has an enviable, elevated location and superb greens. Surrounded by open greenery, you can enjoy a challenging course set to stunning views of the dramatic north Lake District fells including the mighty Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Helvellyn range.
Dramatic scenery aside, a very warm welcome awaits visitors to this truly relaxing golf course, where coffee or lunch on the terrace is a must on a sunny day.
This 18 hole, par 71, course is a good length at 6,200-yards. But don’t let this inviting course, set amidst the breathtaking countryside, fool you. The standard scratch of 72 against the par of 71 keeps many returning time and again to test their metal. Keswick Golf Course makes for a great group holiday, where friends with a passion for all things birdie and bogey can enjoy a friendly round or two.
There are great practice facilities here also for anyone interested in some training, including putting green, a 300-yard practice fairway, two pitching greens and a warm-up net, all close to the first tee. When staying in Keswick, not only do you have superb golf and views, but also many of the Lake District’s famous attractions to hand, such as Derwentwater and Ullswater, Skiddaw and Blencathra, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Theatre by the Lake and Whinlatter Forest Park. So, what are you waiting for!
Kendal Golf Club is one of the oldest in England and maintains an outstanding reputation. It is an all-season course that delivers on Lake District hills and views! The backdrop takes the eye out as far as Morecambe Bay and the 18-hole course is a challenge for golfers of all abilities – a buggy is recommended! Each hole offers a different challenge and gives players a ‘true and fair’ test of their abilities.
In its current location, Kendal Golf Club is now 5,792-yards, par 70, having moved in 1896 from its former smaller location high above Kendal town at the old racecourse opposite Scout Scar. From breakfast through to luncheon, the refurbished clubhouse is modern and comfortable with the best views across Kendal toward Morecambe Bay.
Kendal is the gateway into the south Lake District and lies only a 15-minute drive from Windermere, which has regular trains from Manchester and London. A trip to Kendal Golf Course is on the bucket list of many putters. Over its 125-year history, it has welcomed many famous faces, including Scottish golfer ‘Old Tom Morris’ who’s family are thought to be the pioneers of golf!
The legacy of James Braid, famous not least for his The King’s course at Gleneagles, lives on in 200 golf course designs across the UK, one of which is Cockermouth Golf Club, in the far western Lakes. James Braid won the Open Championship five times and also because famous for his course architecture and for many, the best way to appreciate his work is to visit one of his courses. There is a detailed description of the course here on the Cockermouth Golf Course site and there is a webcam so you can check the weather out in advance of visiting.
This club occupies one of the most scenic locations, lying behind three fells in the quiet western Lakes. Follow the A66 from Keswick, along the wildlife haven that is Bassenthwaite Lake past the peaks on Grasmoor and Grisedale Pike and you’ll arrive at the 18-hole, par-70, moorland course. At 5,410-yards it is a comparatively short course, but offers very unique holes on naturally rolling fairways and often fast, steep greens. This course is a hidden gem, offering unique views of Skiddaw, the Lorton Fells, Bassenthwaite Lake and as far as the Isle of Man on a clear day.
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This year marked 100 years for Grange-over-Sands and today the extended 6,044 yards, par 70, course is respected as one of the best in the Lake District. It is also popular with visitors as it is only 7-miles away from Windermere and mid-high handicappers can tee with confidence as the course is not too intimidating. There’s plenty of variety, with several dog-legs and many water hazards. The beautiful clubhouse is relaxing with picturesque views. Located on the edge of the Lake District, overlooking Morecambe Bay, Grange Golf Club is only 15-miles from the M6 motorway – a hidden gem in the South Lakes.
Eskdale Golf Course in the Lake District coastal village of Ravenglass and at the base of Muncaster Fell is for those looking for some challenging golf in a seriously scenic and somewhat remote setting. The 18 hole par 69 parkland course that reaches 5,494-yards in length prides itself on its quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
Henry Cotton, three times Open Champion in the 1940s, helped in the development of Eskdale Golf Club and so there is a real feeling of nostalgia about playing this course. This is especially the case at the signature hole 14th, looking down over a large trout pond.
The secluded Eskdale valley takes you from the West coast of the Lakes to its very heart, where the towers of Scafell Pike, Great End, Bowfell and Langdale’s Crinkle Crags lie. This majestic location is made for golfing and Lake District purists establishing itself as a popular one on the Lake District golfing map.