Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club

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What we say

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a true championship links course, with first class facilities to match.  The course is set amongst the dunes on the North West coastline and is another of course designer, James Braid’s great creations. S&A (as it is widely and affectionately known), was founded in 1906, part of the great golf boom around the turn of the 20th century. Inevitably the passing of so many years has brought about changes to the course, but the traditional feel of a championship links has been retained.

It's a real golfers' course and, if the wind is blowing, it can be a monster. The greens are top class: you read your putt and roll it and, because the greens are so true, you've only yourself to blame if you miss. The greens are also beautifully contoured - you can face double and triple breakers and still come off smiling. Finally the Southport & Ainsdale big breakfast is a great start to the day.

Like Royal Lytham, Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club begins with a par 3 – 180 yards of carry to a green surrounded by nine pot bunkers. This is a classic, old-fashioned links which held two Ryder Cups in the 1930s. It doesn’t have the huge dunes of Royal Birkdale Golf Club, but relies on clever design, with blind shots, cross bunkers short of greens and fall-off areas on the putting surfaces.

A test in the wind. Not as picturesque as its neighbours, but just as resistant to scoring on a blowy day. An old-fashioned links where tradition is respected but not slavishly so. A scoreable links that offers the same friendly welcome as in the clubhouse.

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Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club is set among the dunes on the North West coastline and is another of James Braid’s great creations. It was founded in 1906, though inevitably since then the golf course has seen a lot of changes. Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches (1933 and 1937) and a number of other prestigious championships including the British Ladies Open and the British Amateur.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 3.9 out of 5
  • Address
    Bradshaws Lane, , SOUTHPORT
  • Tel 01704 577316
  • Website www.sandagolfclub.co.uk

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £95 Mon-Fri; £125 Sat-Sun.
Course Length 6,749 yards (6,171 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Medium 11-20
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course has: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course does not have: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 Stunning Greens

    By gslack

    Fantastic course in top condition. Well defined fairways etc. Greens were fabulous. Suggest you take a gps/course planner otherwise you may stray into one of those fairway pot-bunkers.

  • 3.5 out of 5 cracking

    By lexo

    enjoyed this course (but not as much as hillside just over the railway line). tough par 3 1st, but best hole is GUMBLEYS ! o/a its quite flat and a good test. check out the pics in the clubhouse of past ryder cups

  • 3.5 out of 5 cracking

    By lexo

    enjoyed this course (but not as much as hillside just over the railway line). tough par 3 1st, but best hole is GUMBLEYS ! o/a its quite flat and a good test. check out the pics in the clubhouse of past ryder cups

  • 3.5 out of 5 cracking

    By lexo

    enjoyed this course (but not as much as hillside just over the railway line). tough par 3 1st, but best hole is GUMBLEYS ! o/a its quite flat and a good test. check out the pics in the clubhouse of past ryder cups

  • 4.5 out of 5 a great course

    By gumbleysguy

    this course is amazing. one of James Braids greatest creations and boy it is a monster. not a traditional out and in layout but it is amazing. there is no good way for a prevailing wind here because every hole you want it. some great blind shots and elevated tees. holes to see for yourself would include the 204 par 3 first which is protected by about 7 or 8 pot bunkers, the 3rd, a short par 4 with a 35 foot elevated tee looking onto a wide fairway and 16th a short 500 yard par 5 with a mound faced with sleepers and 2 deep bunkers some 300 yards down the fairway. and thats just to name a few. this is a great course when the wind is down but completely impossible to play with wind as a slight breeze in the winter is something of a rareity.

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