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


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: 35
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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 20, 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 03, 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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Jim McCann

I played on a blustery day in September 2003 and found the course a delight to play. Liked the wee bucket of sand given to you at the starters hut to repair divots on the way round. We had the place to ourselves apart from some Scandinavians that we got talking to back in the clubhouse -- they, like us, were enchanted by the location and layout of Southerness.

Strange though having what amounts to a big sheep pen in the middle of the course! Hole number 12 was memorable, a right dogleg slightly downhill towards the beach. We also liked the markers in the distance at the side of the fairways which were to guide your line off many of the tees -- handy when playing for the first time.

The clubhouse is pretty basic and showing its age a little but we were made most welcome and enjoyed our day out from Glasgow (only a 2 hour drive away). Very good value for money for a course rated in the Scottish top 20.

Jim McCann

January 21, 2005
7 / 10
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CA
Southerness is a delightful links course. We played it in poor weather but still thoroughly enjoyed it. Unlike some links courses (notably nearby Silloth), it is a course which high handicappers can enjoy while still provided a worthwhile test for good golfers. Well worth a detour.
November 01, 2004
8 / 10
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joe ball
May 21, 2013
i have a country membership easy one of the best golf courses i have played never plays the same way.must play course. joe