Having had a bad back for the previous two weeks and literally having to roll out of bed in the morning, we had a 4bbb team event as part of the golf festival Silverdale Golf Club two weeks ago.
I find it hard to review a golf course when I’ve played well or had an absolute horror show. If I’ve had a horror show it could easily be that the course is a mess or not worth the money, and if I’ve played well it could so easily be because the greens are perfect and the course inspiring!
I liked the course. I think some of the reasons I liked the course is because I played well, don’t hate me for it! Members bounce on the first few holes helped me go three-under through four.
Silverdale Golf Club is like the golf clubs of old. Not about what you’ve got off the tee but what you’ve got between the ears. Drive for show putt for dough kind of cliches. Luckily my back wasn’t great so I was having to hit everything easy and I think that helped massively to keep me in play.
There was a very basic but full hut that worked as the pro shop and a pretty decent putting green and one practise net.
If you’re wondering if the course has hills, the walk from the car park to the first tee should set you up for the day.
This is a challenging course, the greens were in really good condition and the course; as you’d expect from a course chilselled into the carnforth hills, was linksy with underlations and never really featured a flat lie.
I didn’t get many pictures from the course as I was either trying my best to catch my breath after a steep incline or we were making tracks to get around the course. Hopefully the ones I did give you an idea of the course, conditions and layout because boy is it quirky.
It’s hard to explain this hole in particular. Imagine a good par 4 that you’re hitting to the top of a cliff for your 2nd shot? Can’t imagine it. Hopefully this helps.
What did I love about the course? Everything. What didn’t I like? Nothing. But it could have been very different if I wasn’t on my game.
So here’s to one of the funkiest, quirkiest and best courses I’ve ever played in the lakes.
And for those of your wondering how I finished my round?
Silverdale Golf Club, Carnforth - Golf Course ReviewSilverdale Golf Club, Carnforth - Golf Course Review
COURSE CONDITION4/5 GoodIt's links style built on a hill. But it's pretty bloody awesome considering. Fairways were tight but still green and the greens were really great.
COST OF A ROUND AND A BUGGY5/5 Amazing£32.50 for an anytime in peak round of golf and £25 for a two-seater buggy. If you've got a Lancashire county card and want a single-seater buggy the price goes down to £16 round and £15 buggy. That's £31!
DIFFICULTY (5 PLAYABLE FOR ALL, 1 ONLY FOR THE PROS)3/5 NeutralIt's not difficult but it's punishing. If you've got a slice big enough for a victoria sponge, you'll not be able to hold many fairways, however, it's not long and you can make up and downs as the greens are in good condition.
HOLE LAYOUTS/DESIGN4/5 GoodYou'll not forget playing here and that's what everyone who's ever played has also told me. Some funky holes mixed with some bland/hilly ones make this a real mixed bag of gems.
CLUBHOUSE AND BAR (QUALITY AND COST)4/5 GoodA traditional golf clubhouse and great prices. Nothing fancy like a spa (would have got 5) but a really nice, quaint clubhouse with good food and great prices.
ADDITIONAL POINTS2/5 BadHas to have 2 extra points for the views around the course, the fun factor and also for keeping me fit climbing up some of those holes.