Review Of Silloth By Fergal O'Leary - Top 100 Golf Courses.
This review is from a gentleman called Fergal O'Leary who was introduced to me as 'the best travelled man in golf' Fergal works for Top 100 Golf Courses and this review can be found on their website
Don’t let the isolated location scare you away. Pound for pound, this is the best value for golf in the UK and arguably the most underrated course in the continent. Darius Oliver (Planet Golf) includes it in his Top 100 in the World ranking, and I wholeheartedly agree. In fact, I rate it higher than Darius does and would strongly suggest that Silloth is banging down the door for being included in the top 12 courses in England.
There is an incredible eye-opening abundance of beautiful turbulent fairways, sunken Dell greens, sensational scenery of the Firth and some of the most attractive yellow gorse in golf. I was so impressed right from the first tee all the way to the last green. The course keeps you in suspension with exciting sand dunes that hide the splendor that lies behind them without being too penal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky challenge of blind tee shots, thrilling approach shots and especially how the yellow gorse frames the precious fairways and greens. There is a blind shot on each of the first 3 incredible holes which gives you a sense for the rest of the thrilling layout. The club should count its blessing with the volume of fantastic gorse they have at their fingertips. This gorse should be celebrated and never removed!
This golf course has more unique features than any other I can remember. Silloth is less conformist and full of hidden greens, blind driving zones, large central hills that obscure targets on par fives and small plateau greens on long downwind par threes. I particularly enjoyed the fun of blind greens hidden away from view by dunes or sunken punchbowls below the fairways. Davy Grant and Willy Park Jnr couldn’t have routed the course any better than what we play today. The awareness of the prevailing wind at this majestic links helps with longer holes and challenges with the shorter holes.
The playing conditions were world class, the change in elevation offers glorious vistas, birdies are plentiful and the hospitality alone is worth the long drive to get there. After experiencing the best holes here it is hard to believe that this charming golf club still manages to exist in relative anonymity. The abundance of appeal, strategy and architectural genius makes this course stand head and shoulders above the British Links that the world is familiar with.
I’d like to end this with a very strong opinion I personally hold as follows. I get so frustrated when people say “if X course was located closer to Y city/region, then it would be rated so much higher”. This lazy attitude is insulting to the course and the club should never suffer in the rankings just because of its location. If the course is worthy of merit and is architecturally superior to a list of overrated courses, then give credit when credit is due! Making the extra effort to find the best courses on earth is the exciting part! We frequently rank courses in Tasmania that are essentially at the end of the earth, so don’t tell me the northwest of England is too far out of the way.
PLEASE GO TO SILLOTH! You’ll be immensely rewarded! I will forever vote this course comfortably within the Top 100 courses in the World.