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Appleby Golf Club

Appleby: A gloriously minimalistic moorland

Why we would rather be playing this glorious Cumbrian moorland

 

Appleby Golf Club is a moorland where at least some of the greenkeeping is carried out by the sheep who call the course their home.

The course is set remotely on glorious expansive moorland from where there are panoramic views of Lakeland Fells. The cleverest thing about Appleby is that it is so natural, so minimalistic, that you almost can’t see it from the road.

History

Appleby Golf Club was founded in 1894, and was originally based on Minsceugh Moor, around four miles to the west of its current location.

The club made the move to its current location, on Brackenber Moor, less than a decade later. Willie Fernie – winner of the Open Championship in 1883 – was the man behind the design of the course.

Fernie left just a handful of bunkers on this minimalist design, which winds its way across the moors. The course has played host to the Cumbrian County Championship on several occasions.

Soon after opening, the course was described by the Manchester Guardian as “a champion’s course” and “The Sunningdale of the North.

What makes Appleby Golf Club special?

You have to embrace the minimalist nature of 1883 Open champion Willie Fernie’s design. It’s very clever and there’s way more going on than you might first think as you survey the surrounding moorland.

At first glance, it seems that there is not much danger around at Appleby. However, the open nature of the layout means you are at the mercy of the winds coming across Brackenber Moor. If the wind is gusting, then playing to your handicap is a very good score!

If you’re visiting Appleby in early June, you simply have to check out the world-famous Appleby Horse Fair which is a colourful annual gathering of Gypsies and Travellers.

Where is it?

Appleby Golf Club is in the heart of Cumbria, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It sits just off the A66, which runs between Workington and Grangetown. It is located just outside the small hamlet of Brackenber.

Where does it rank?

112th in England, 3rd in Cumbria

Get in touch with Appleby Golf Club

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For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01768 351432.

You can play Appleby Golf Club on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Appleby event on July 17th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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