Southport & Ainsdale:COURSE OPEN : From 1st JANUARY 2015: Play from a tee peg or a mat on fairways. There are also some clearly marked areas, from where you must play from a mat. From MONDAY 9th MARCH: preferred lies on fairways.
Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club is a true championship course, with first class facilities to match. The links 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.
The club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches in 1933 and 1937 and a number of other prestigious championships including The British Ladies' Open and The British Amateur. It remains a final qualifying course for The Open Championship and it has been voted by one golf magazine as among the top 50 courses in Great Britain.
All of the holes are of championship standard and no two are the same. However, if one had to be singled out it would be the sixteenth. This famous hole has a great hill and bunkers, lined with railway sleepers and is a cunning trap, catching poor second shots. It is called ‘Gumbleys’, after the gentleman who spent some time in there!
The course is a magnificent test of golf, especially with the sea breeze and profusion of heather and gorse combining to provide a challenging and immensely enjoyable day.
The recently refurbished clubhouse (March 2015) also creates a splendid setting for unwinding after a round. The main lounge and patio to the front of the clubhouse provide stunning views across the course, including the 18th green and 1st tee.
Complemented with a warm welcome friendly lounge/bar and excpetional catering, everything is in place for a truly memorable experience.