Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1QL
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
Coastal duneland and rural countryside.
Willie Campbell & George Lowe
52 miles SW of Carlisle / 56 miles W of Kendal
From the A595 in West Cumbria, turn west onto the B5344 in Gosforth (or Holmrook), direction Seascale. After 2 mls (or 3 mls from Holmrook), in front of church in Seascale, turn right into The Banks, direction Golf Club. Follow signs for 400 yards to Golf Club.
Seascale Golf Club: Although not a regular stopover for golfers visiting the north of England, Cumbria's rugged coastline boasts two excellent links golf courses. Just an hour south of the renowned course at Silloth-on-Solway, you can pit your golfing skills against another links gem at Seascale. Here you will find a scenic, excellently laid-out and challenging seaside course.
The area's notoriety may come from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, but don't think that this sizable piece of industrial plant (now without its cooling towers) dominates the scene. To the west, the views over the Irish Sea are fabulous, and are enjoyed from most holes. Inland to the east, the mighty peaks of the Lake District draw you ever closer. The village of Seascale is tucked below the golf course to the south. Only when you look north do the box-shaped buildings and chimneys of Sellafield steal the view.
The undulating front-nine of this excellent course is played on a higher plateau, which is separated from the seaside back-nine by a large, sloping bank, covered with ferns and gorse. As with most classic links courses, a combination of tumbling fairways, mischievous pot bunkers, occasional water ditches and large grass covered dunes blend together in an open, largely treeless environment.
One or two blind drives are required, not least as you climb back towards the clubhouse at the par-4 17th. Among a wonderfully testing collection of par-3s, be especially careful at the 10th (Beck) and 13th (Railway), both delightful holes, but potential card-wreckers.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
Immediately to the north of the golf club is Sellafield (formerly known as Windscale) a nuclear reprocessing plant and former electricity generating site. Sellafield was previously owned and operated by British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL). It is also the site of Calder Hall, the world's first commercial nuclear power station, now decommissioned.
England: 80th best course in England (Golf World, 2021).
Gosforth Road, Seascale, Cumbria CA20 1JG
+44 (0)19467 27309Visit website
The Victorian origins of Cumbrian Lodge date back to 1874 when it was built for the Mossop family under whose ownership it remained until 1999 when it was converted to a small hotel with six en-suite executive rooms. The restaurant has been awarded an AA Red Rosette for the quality of the food.
Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1UH
+44 (0)1946 724230Visit website
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