Just back from playing Southerness. It was a course I had first read about over 40 years ago as being one of the best in the UK, and it certainly lived up to expectation. In terms of location, its not going to win any prizes, being an hour fro Carlisle, but its certainly worth the journey and a 'must play' if you in Cumbria or Dumfries area.
The condition of the course for early December was unbelievable...the greens were superb, and general course condition up with the very best I've played (about 500 around the world).
The real stand out for me were the wonderfully crafted greens and their surrounds...plenty of little swales and gulleys. Only the perfect line with the approach shot would leave you with a straightforward putt.
Plenty of long par 4's and a very strong wind are able defences for this course, and the only thing that didn't add up was the bunkering, especially the one's on the fairway...they didn't come into play. This would be my only minor gripe of what is a great test of golf.
As most have mentioned, the 12th is the best hole, and would not be out of place as an Open Championship hole. The drive needs to avoid bunkers on the rights, and the second shot shot needs to be accurate to find a green protected by a mound on the front left. Go left of that and you are in a pond, and overshot the green you're on the beach. Playing directly into the wind, this needs two big hits, and the green has some subtle borrows. A truly great hole. All the par 3's offer a stern test, and are mostly long and well protected.
How difficult the course is without the wind I cannot say, but I'll certainly be paying a return visit to find out.
Finally, this is a very friendly club, and I was made to feel very welcome, which all added up to a very memorable day.
Date: December 09, 2016