Southerness - Dumfries & Galloway - Scotland

Southerness Golf Club,
Southerness,
Dumfries,
DG2 8AZ,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1387 880677

  • Golf Club Website

  • 15 miles S of Dumfries

  • Contact in advance – handicap certificate required


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Southerness Golf Club is aptly named because it’s the most southerly golf course in Scotland featured on this website. The course is set on the edge of a remote headland on the peaceful Solway coast and is virtually unknown by the golfing masses. The mountains of the Lake District are clearly visible on the opposite side of the Solway Firth and just across the water, about five miles away as the seagull flies, is the other excellent links course at Silloth on Solway.

A lighthouse was built not far from here to guide shipping entering the River Nith and they have used the lighthouse as Southerness Golf Club’s emblem. A panoramic view of Criffel peak (the highest of the local fells) is also on offer from this classic and natural links course, but Southerness is a relative juvenile in the scheme of things. The club was founded in 1947 and the links was laid out by Philip Mackenzie Ross, a former partner of Tom Simpson. Southerness is widely considered to be Ross’s finest 18-hole solo composition. Ross went on to become the first president of the British Association of Golf Course Architects.

On the surface of it, Southerness appears to be relatively short, measuring a little over 6,500 yards, but with a lowly par of 69, it’s one of the toughest golfing tests in the land. The standard scratch score of 73 suggests that par is an ask. On occasions, no doubt, the competition scratch score is even higher. There are two short par fives which offer realistic birdie opportunities, but there are eight par fours measuring over 400 yards and this is where shots will be dropped. The fairways always seem to be generous and inviting, but there’s gorse and heather waiting to catch wayward shots. Let’s be honest – with so many 400-yard plus holes, you can’t afford to leave the driver in the car.

Probably the best holes run along the shore, starting with the 8th, and the line to take is the lighthouse in the distance. The 12th and 13th are particularly strong holes.

Dumfries might not feature as a golfing venue of first choice, but if you include Silloth on Solway and Powfoot alongside the mighty links here at Southerness, you will be hard pressed to find better golfing and you will certainly get outstanding value for money.

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Description: Southerness Golf Club is set on the edge of a remote headland on the peaceful Solway coast and is virtually unknown by the golfing masses. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 32
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Roy Sinclair
A little off the main road! But well worth the journey. The course is in excellent condition and the greens run fast and true. The staff in the clubhouse are very welcoming and the food very good. This was our last course having played Muirfield the previous day and Gullane 2 before that, this was a great way to end our trip.Make the effort and play this course.
June 21, 2012
10 / 10
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Adam Heyes
Fantastic links course. Played it twice now and both times we had great weather with hardly any wind. Wouldn't like to have to play it on a blustery October day though.
September 03, 2010
6 / 10
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Hamish Wilson
If this course was more accessible it would rank much further up both in Scotland and the UK. It is a truly wonderful links in a magnificent setting. The condition was faultless. Yoy should not miss this one!
January 19, 2010
10 / 10
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george kennedy
The course boasts beautiful views over the Solway Firth and is overlooked by the imposing sight of Criffel. However dont let the views and the wealth of nature distract you from a very challenging yet fair golf course. It is important to place drives on slightly angled fairways to avoid the gorse lining many of the fairways.Pot bunkers guard the tidy greens making this course a true championship standard.Love it!
July 27, 2009
10 / 10
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Mondeo
Played this one in an absolute downpour. We were in the clubhouse (basic but friendly) before the start and a local said that if you can see the fells it is going to rain and if not, its already raining - how right he was. It was torrential for 14 holes, so much so that some of our party walked in after about 6. Great and exposed links though.
September 25, 2008
6 / 10
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Jim McCann

Four and a half years since I last played at Southerness and the weather was as bleak this time in February 2008 as it was back in September 2003 – blustery again Southerness - Photo by Jim McCannbut at least the rain stayed off despite the heavy, dark, low clouds.

Some things hadn’t changed much as I remembered - canisters of seed and sand for divot replacement, the warm welcome at the starter’s office, the springy turf on the fairways and the ever present gorse that keeps you on your toes throughout the round.

Mind you, I’d overlooked the nice wee white seashell paths that link many of the greens to the next tee box and I’d completely forgotten how tough the five par threes were – their average length of 189 yards from the medal tees goes a long way to creating a SSS that is four over the par of 69 for the course.

What I noticed also this time was the subtlety of much of the bunkering with many placed well in front of slightly elevated greens to disguise a swale in front of the putting surface – very clever!

It's wild, it's rugged and it's a wee bit off the beaten track but it’s also well worth a four ball ranking like last time.

Jim McCann

February 20, 2008
7 / 10
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Derek Haswell
October 07, 2008
Jee whizz Jim - you're a hard man to please! Four balls for Southerness - "your having a bubble" as they say on Eastenders. I don't get this reviewing/ranking business sometimess - i notice Southerness isn't even ranked in Uk's top 100 but Turnberry is third. Hole for hole Southerness is better, for me. I'm pretty sure my handicap would be lower on the ailsa than it would at southerness. I know i am not nearly as well traveled as you but Southerness is in my top 5 or 6 courses - an underrated classic - holes 12-15 the best stretch in scotland?
Ted
Played here in August '06, great test of links Golf to a very tight par of 69 - straight driving is a must here to score well. Nicely conditioned course with loveley views over the Solway Firth on the back nine. Well worth the diversion on route to Turnberry, Troon, etc.
January 09, 2007
8 / 10
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rhendo1
Fabulous. A hidden gem but well worth the visit. Very highly recommended but not for the faint hearted on a windy day.. Say no more!
September 21, 2006
8 / 10
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Jake Thomas
Wonderful course - with nice gentle opening par 4. Fairly flat links course where you need to drive straight. Stray into the gorse and you can forget your score. Not the longest of courses - but you need to think your way round - keep the big dog in the bag if your driving is wayward - or else take plenty of balls. Old fashioned course and clubhouse(there is no pro shop) - we received a warm welcome. Play this with the better value Silloth-on-Solway (and in my humble opinion, better course) the other side of the Solway Firth for a great outing.
September 04, 2006
8 / 10
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I've played many of the Open courses and with the possible exception of Muirfield, this is the hardest course I've ever played - SS is +4. Very much a hidden gem, it's wild, rugged, brutal but fantastic.
December 02, 2005
8 / 10
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