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The best golf courses in Cumbria

As the golf season gets back into full swing we thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to reveal some of the best golf courses in Cumbria.

With the first major of the year not too far away – the Masters at Augusta which takes place from 7th-10th April – it is also the perfect opportunity to book Keswick holiday cottages and to go on a golfing holiday in Cumbria to hone your skills.

Cumbria is home to a number of amazing golf courses and that is why the region is becoming more and more popular with golfers from across the country. So without further ado, read on to find out some of the best courses in the area.

Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club

Situated in the picturesque Lune Valley in the Lake District, Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club offers golfers a course that measures 6,350 yards in total and covers over 160 acres of stunning countryside.

The plush fairways, trickling streams, dramatic views and challenging holes mean that golfers of all abilities will enjoy a fabulous and testing day at this stunning course.

If that isn’t challenging enough, the more experienced players can test their skills on the Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club Lune Course. This course plays on the same greens and fairways but is 5,000 yards in distance – so make sure your drives are long and straight!

Hopefully after some good golf scores your party can enjoy lunches and buffets at the clubhouse. Bookings for visiting groups are taken seven days a week and there are eight electric buggies available to rent for your round.

Alston Moor Golf Club

Alston Moor Golf Club is not just a great golf course, but is the highest course in England at 1,476 metres above sea level.

The course is also just 15 miles south of the Roman Wall and is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that offers unrivalled views of the North Pennines.

Just two miles south of Alston, the golf club is easily accessible and is ideal for a golfer who likes playing the game at their own pace.

To play during the week or at weekends it costs just £15 per day, whilst playing after 5pm Monday-Friday costs £10, as does playing with an existing member. Annual membership varies from £220 for men and women to £165 for men and women who are over 60.

Bentham Golf Club

Bentham Golf Club is a family-run 18-hole golf course in the Three Peaks and the beautiful scenery may come as a welcome distraction to players who are struggling with their game.

The course itself offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities and the course and club have undergone a number of developments over recent years, such as the Pro Shop, changing facilities and clubhouse being refurbished.

Prices for a round at the course range from £12.50-£25 during the peak season, which is from 1st April-31st October.

Grange-over-Sands Golf Club

Set in South Lakeland, the Grange-over-Sands Golf Club is a great course and covers just over 6,000 yards in length.

The fairways are seen as generous, however, there are several doglegs so visitors will have to be accurate with their shots.

Summer rates for golfers are £29 with discounted fees (£20) available for tee times after 1pm and after 4.30pm of £12.50. The course also has a licensed bar and café open to non-members.

Windermere Golf Club

The Lake District is renowned for its range of adventure sports and activities, but right in the centre of the Lakes is Windermere Golf Club.

Founded way back in 1891, the course is often called the ‘miniature Gleneagles’ and experienced golfers will certainly enjoy the challenge of tackling this tough course. The course is not the longest, but its greens have been referred to as the best in Cumbria.

The pro shop is also well worth a visit as it stocks a range of top golfing brands, whilst the resident pro, Simon Edwards, offers classes for beginners and those who want to improve their game.

Keswick Golf Course

Another course that is in the heart of the Lake District is the 18-hole Keswick Golf Course. This par 71 course covers a large area of 6,200 yards from the Championship tees.

Players can take in great views of the Lakeland fells during their rounds, but they can’t let their attentions turn to the great views as the tree-lined fairways and tough greens make this course a challenge.

If you want to test yourself on one of the best courses in Cumbria, then by booking a Lake District cottage with Heart of the Lakes you can benefit from discounted Green Fees.

Carus Green Golf Club

Another great course in Cumbria that you can test your skills on comes in the shape of Carus Green Golf Club.

The course is over 6,000 yards long from the white tees, meaning that it is a tough but fair task for all visiting golfers. Older golfers will also be pleased to learn that the course is generally flat as it is located on a river plain.

If you don’t fancy a round of golf, then you can hone your skills on the driving range instead. The range features 18 heated floodlit bays, free club hire and automated power tees to make your life that little bit easier.

The pro shop and range at Carus Golf Club are open from 8am-8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday’s, 8am-9pm Wednesday and Fridays and 8am-6pm at weekends.

Kendal Golf Club

The golf course offers panoramic views of Kendal and is full of character. It was first laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1897.

Many holes on this 5,796-yard, 69 par course are challenging, but golfers of all levels of experience will enjoy walking along these rolling fairways and thinking about their approach shots in the process.

The most iconic hole on the course is the 17th hole as the short par 3 boasts an elevated tee over a limestone rock and a small receptive green.

Barrow Golf Club

The Furness peninsula boasts a jewel in its crown with Barrow Golf Club, a club that was formed in 1921.

The 6,200 yard, 18-hole, par 71 championship golf course was designed to provide a stiff challenge to golfers and that is exactly what it brings.

The club’s atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and golfers of all levels and experience are welcome to come and visit.

Image Credit: Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, Alston Moor Golf Club, Bentham Golf Club.