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Skinburness Golf Club, Cumbria. (1890s)

Skinburness was a short lived club that appeared prior to the formation of the current Silloth club in 1892. The course was located two miles north of Silloth.

First mention for the club was in a report in the Carlisle Patriot on Friday 4 April 1890 – “Golf could be played along the road to Skinburness, and might greatly improve Silloth.”

Below a mention of the golf course in May 1890.


Skinburness Golf Club, Cumbria. Report mentioning the Skinburness course in May 1890.

Carlisle Journal Tuesday 20 May 1890. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS. RESERVED.


Thanks to Michael Morrison who has forwarded  us the following article from “Golf “ 19 September 1890 (first edition) – “A new Golf course has been laid out by W Fernie at Skinburness, a pleasant little health resort on the English side of the Solway, two miles from Silloth The game of Golf is making rapid strides in the north of England, the latest addition to the number of clubs being that of Dalston, Carlisle, by which the opening game at Skinburness will be played on an early date in competition with the Dumfries Club. The holes are rather on the “short-side,” but the course is a very attractive one, pleasantly situated, delightfully quiet, and open to the fresh ozone-laden breezes, for which the Solway is famous.” 

Below an advert in September 1892 for the Skinburness Marine Hotel which includes a mention for Golf.


Skinburness Golf Club, Cumbria. Advert for golf at the Skinburness Marine Hotel in September 1892.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle Thursday 29 September 1892. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS.


Skinburness Golf Club, Cumbria. Early picture of the Skinburness Hotel.

Early picture of the Skinburness Hotel.


Skinburness Hotel also now gone, demolished in 2017.