We began hosting professional events in 1917, when J. H Taylor, Ted Ray, and James Braid played an exhibition match to raise funds for the war effort to help wounded soldiers. This was the beginning of our long association with the professional game.
Our links has also hosted the British Ladies Amateur championship in 1936, being won by Pamela Barton and in her memory, The “Pam Barton Memorial Salver” is now awarded annually to the leading amateur golfer in the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship.
Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club will however always be famous for its association with the Ryder Cup, hosting the event in 1933 and 1937. During the latter of which saw the American Team, led by their captain Walter Hagen, become the ‘first to win’ an overseas match with victory over Great Britain.
In the years immediately after the Second World War and on several occasions thereafter, we hosted the Dunlop 2000 Guineas Tournament, as well as The Swallow and Penfold 4000 Guineas, which had a first prize of £1000. That competition was won by Christie O’Connor Snr and at the time this was seen as one of the richest prizes in British golf.
Over time our famous links has been host to some of the world’s greatest players. Jack Nicklaus played his first overseas professional tournament, the Piccadilly tournament, in 1962 at S&A. Peter Thompson, winner of 5 Open Championships, won that same Piccadilly Tournament and Arnold Palmer played the Nine Nations in 1965, representing USA. Others including; Gary Player, Bing Crosby, Sean Connery and more recently Justin Rose have all also graced us with their presence.
As a club we have also been fortunate to nurture many Amateur Champions including; Sam Robinson, Dixie Rawlinson, Geoff Roberts, Paul Howard, and Dr David.M.Marsh MBE, who sadly passed away in 2022. David was a great ambassador for the club He won the English Amateur Championship, was President of the Lancashire and English Golf Unions and he was also Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in 1990/91. David was awarded the MBE in 2011 by the late Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to Amateur Golf.
Our rich history continues and involvement in championship competitions runs very deep. The links continues to host events for both amateur and professional golf. We have a high pedigree and maintain high standards having hosted the Professional Ladies Qualification for the Ladies British Open Championship, (1979), The world’s elite Juniors graced the links in 2015, when the club co-hosted the British Boys Amateur championship. High profile events continue to this day.
In 2023 we host The Professional Rose Ladies Series, The Amateur Championship and in autumn, The England Golf Men’s County Finals.
We hope that our heritage will continue to grow and remain for future generations to enjoy and share. We have a strong love of the game and as a club we firmly continue to support and help develop the game of golf, both amateur and professionals will always be welcome.
|2023||The R&A Amateur Championship|
|2023||EGU County Team Championship|
|2023||The Professional Ladies Rose Series|
|2022||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|2019||Final Seniors British Open|
|2015||The R&A Boys Amateur Championship|
|2015||Lancashire Ladies County Championship|
|2014||Ladies British Open Championship – Final Qualifying|
|2013||Senior British Open – Final Qualifying (Professional)|
|2012||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|2009||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|2008||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|2007||McGregor Trophy (English Boys U16 Championship)|
|2006||R&A Mid-Amateur Championship|
|2005||The R&A Amateur Championship|
|2004||Glenmuir Club Professional Championships|
|2001||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1998||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1996||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1994||The Senior British Amateur|
|1993||The English Mid Amateur (Logan Trophy)|
|1993||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1991||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1989||EGU Team Championship|
|1988||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1985||The Senior British Amateur|
|1984||The R&A Amateur Championship|
|1983||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1979||The Ladies British Open Championship|
|1979||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1976||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1973||The British Youth Amateur Championships|
|1973||Texaco Pro – AM|
|1972||Texaco Pro – AM|
|1968||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1965||The Open Championship, Final Qualifying|
|1965||Nine Nations Professional Tournament|
|1962||The Piccadilly No.1 Tournament|
|1959||Ryder Cup Team v Walker Cup Team|
|1957||Dunlop 2000 Guineas|
|1957||PGA Senior Championship|
|1956||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1955||The Swallow Penfold Tournament|
|1954||PGA Senior Championship|
|1954||Exhibition match – Percy Allis vs. Gene Sarazen|
|1954||Dunlop 2000 Guineas|
|1948||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1946||British Empire Challenge Match|
|1946||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1938||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1938||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1937||The Ryder Cup|
|1937||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1936||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1936||The British Amateur Ladies Championships|
|1936||Ladies Home Internationals|
|1934||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1933||The Ryder Cup|
|1933||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1931||The Dunlop Southport Tournament|
|1928||Lancashire Amateur Championship|
|1917||Exhibition match – J.H. Taylor, Ted Ray, James Braid and T.G Renouf|
|1914||Lancashire Amateur Championship|