Special focus – Go west

Just a short trip west you’ll find spectacular landscapes for golf, and two of GB&I’s best courses

Appleby Golf Club

Best-described as an inland links, the golf course at Appleby is situated just off the A66. Designed by Open champion Willie Fernie, the course features dramatic shapes and undulations throughout its 5,986 yards, with heather and bracken creating a real test of accuracy. The course sits atop sandstone, which creates firm conditions, and keeps the course playable year-round – a rare trait in the land of the lakes! The signature 15th was voted 98th in GB&I’s best golf holes and has Hilton Beck, out of bounds and a concealed green to protect it.

Appleby Golf Club, Brackenber Moor, Appleby, CA16 6LP, tel 017683 51432, www.applebygolfclub.co.uk

Silloth on Solway Golf Club Club

The jewel of the Cumbrian coast, Silloth on Solway Golf Club makes fantastic use of the spectacular natural terrain in this part of the world to present one of England’s finest courses. Designed in 1892 by David Grant and developed by a number of architects throughout its history including Dr Alister MacKenzie and Willie Park Jnr, the course is framed by impressive dunes strewn with gorse. Featuring all the hallmarks of a great links – and ranked 46th best in GB&I and 18th best in England by Top100golfcourses.com – the views across the Firth are spectacular while the sunken dell greens and challenging bunkers make this a must-play.

Silloth on Solway Golf Club, Station Road, Silloth, CA7 4AE, tel 016973 31304, www.sillothgolfclub.co.uk