Best Golf Courses in The Lake District

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The Lake District is in northwest England and known for its stunning landscapes. Lakes, forests, and fells are just waiting to be explored when visiting the Lake District. 

Established in 1961, the Lake District National Park is a place of beauty and it’s little wonder so many golfers want to visit the region and enjoy the scenery from the golf course.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, the Lake District is home to several fantastic golf courses and you can find the pick of the bunch below.

Best Golf Courses in the Lake District

We start with our top pick from golf courses in the Lake district before moving on to some of the options if you’re willing to travel just a little bit further. 

1. Windermere Golf Club

In terms of size, natural lakes do not come any bigger in England than Windermere. The Windermere Golf Club is located close to the lake and the town of Windermere. 

The course was recently voted in the top 10 most enjoyable courses to play in England and also features in the top 100 courses under £60 (both awards by Golf World). That alone should be enough to persuade you to book a tee time! 

Windermere Golf Club has a long history, dating back to the 1890’s and the views from the course are tremendous. 

The USGA standard greens are some of the best in England and Windermere Golf Club is a wonderful place to begin a golf break in the Lake District.

2. Cockermouth Golf Club

If it’s spectacular views you want, look no further than Cockermouth Golf Club

Just watch the live webcam footage on the course website and you quickly understand why Cockermouth Golf Club receives so many positive reviews. 

The 18-hole moorland course can even provide views as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man on a cloudless day. 

The golf course itself was designed by James Braid, who won the Open Championship five times during his playing career. The 8th and the 10th holes are the stand out holes on the course.

3. Keswick Golf Club

You are beginning to get the drift when we talk about the views from the golf courses in the Lake District and Keswick Golf Club is home to another course with awe-inspiring vistas. The course is stunning, both in terms of the location, and the quality of the golf course itself. 

Keswick is an undulating golf course, so you may want to hire a buggy, but if you like walking, this is the course for you. 

The set-up of the course means it can be enjoyed by players of all abilities and the catering facilities have received rave reviews, so you can look forward to a lovely meal in the clubhouse following a round.

4. Kendal Golf Club

For those who have tried Kendal Mint Cake, Kendal is the home of the famous peppermint confectionery and where you can find Kendal Golf Club

The club was established in 1891 and that makes it one of the oldest golf courses in the Lake District. 

It was originally designed with the help of Old Tom Morris, who had a hand in designing several courses around the UK, including those at Carnoustie, Muirfield, and St Andrews. 

The course at Kendal Golf Club is quite short by modern standards, but there are narrow fairways, small greens, and testing rough to keep you on your toes.

Best Golf Courses in and Around the Lake District

Whilst there are some excellent golf courses directly in the Lake District, Cumbria is home to a wide range of different golf courses (including links courses!). 

If you’re willing to travel just that little bit further, there are some amazing courses on the doorstep of the lake district. Some of the top picks below make the UK & Ireland top 100 golf courses and there’s even an appearance in the top 100 courses in the world. 

So they are well worth considering!

5. Silloth-on-Solway

Each of the golf courses highlighted above are situated in the heart of Cumbria but now we move to the coast and Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club

This course is next to the Solway Firth and offers lovely views of the Scottish Borders and to the Isle of Man on a clear day. 

Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club is not only ranked by many as being one of the best links golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland, it also features in the top 100 golf courses in the world! The layout of the course is superb, thanks to contributions from great designers of the past, including Dr Alister MacKenzie and Willie Park Junior. 

Look out for the small island green on the ninth hole and the blind holes, which are a test of nerve.

6. Seascale

Designed by Willie Campbell and George Lowe, Seascale Golf Links opened for play in 1893 and provides a true links golf experience on the west coast of Cumbria. 

The fact this golf course was included in The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses, being one of only 282 courses in the whole of Europe to achieve the feat, tells you everything you need to know about this high-quality golf course. 

In 2020, Seascale Golf Links was ranked as the 85th best links golf course in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which again underlines the standard of the course. 

It also ranks in the top 100 golf courses under £60, meaning there’s a bargain to be had and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg for a round here. 

7. Penrith Golf Club

Penrith Golf Club

Returning inland we come to Penrith Golf Club. The Lakeland fells are the backdrop to this parkland style 18-hole golf course, and the club is near the town of Penrith, so accommodation options are on its doorstep. 

There are magnificent views of the mountains from various points on the golf course, with the views of Blencathra and Helvellyn being some of the best anywhere in the region. 

Some of the standout holes on the course include the par-3 fourth hole, played through an avenue of trees, and the par-4 thirteenth hole which is one of only a few holes to feature water. The clubhouse includes a bar, lounge, dining area, snooker room, and locker rooms.

Map of the best golf courses in and around the Lake District

Final Thoughts

So, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to playing golf in the Lake District and surrounding area. 

There are several golf courses from which to choose, including moorland, parkland, and links courses. Meaning you can test your full range of skills while enjoying the incredible views.

You can check out all the golf courses in north west of England on our golf course database.