Southerness Golf Club

What we say

Southerness Golf Club is a classy links course and comfortably one of the best in the area. 

Southerness was laid out in 1947 by Philip MacKenzie Ross when he was working further north at Turnberry in Ayrshire.

This is the south of Scotland’s championship venue, its 6,728 yards from the white tees enough to provide a suitable examination for those competing in the Scottish Amateur, the British Youths and British Boys Home Internationals among many others.

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As you gaze over the Solway to the east – Silloth is on the other side of the water – you set eyes on the Cumbrian Lake District while to the west are the Galloway Hills.

A fixture in our GB&I Top 100, it is a hugely classy links which on first glance looks fairly straightforward but which quickly becomes a beast when the wind whips across its generally flat topography.

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The flat links terrain is overlooked by hills sits in splendid isolation in a manner more rare than one might expect of links courses that are often remote. Laid out in one big loop, only briefly in the middle of the front nine do holes run parallel to each other and as a result your group usually feels like the only golfers on the links.

A relatively wide fairway offers a friendly initiation to Southerness but it is not long before you are asked to avoid gorse, rough, heather and pot bunkers to find the short grass from which you must find the quick, sloping greens.

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Southerness finishes in robust finish, starting with the memorable 12th, a musuclar par 4 well over 400 yards that dog legs to the right and plays towards on a well-protected green with the Solway Firth and sandy beach beyond.

The next two are just as good and these holes would fit in seamlessly on any links in the land. Then comes the 217-yard par-3 16th; every inch an Open Championship short hole when into the wind.

You may well have kept a tidy scorecard by the time you reach these holes but, if you drive it well you have a chance of scoring well. Good shots are rewarded and there are no tricks.

The Galloway hills are a nice backdrop if not dazzling; the golf, however, most certainly is.  

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  • Course Summary

  • Costs -
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 3.8 out of 5
  • Address
    Southerness, , DUMFRIES
  • Tel 01387 880677
  • Website

Course Information

Course 69 par
Course Style -
Green Fees -
Course Length 6,706 yards (6,132 metres)
Holes -
Difficulty -
Course Membership -

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course does not have: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course does not have: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4 out of 5 Off the beaten track

    By colinn

    We were luck enough to play this course in shirtsleeves. A great links course, surrounded by lovely scenery. Well worth a visit.

  • 3 out of 5 Very difficult

    By Anonymous

    At the time it was very difficult, very friendly staff and in great condition.

  • 4 out of 5 Exacting test

    By Anonymous

    Excellent condition  very friendly  exacting test of golf

  • 3.5 out of 5 Solway Gem

    By Anonymous

    Diffcult to get to but well worth the trip for the course and the location

  • 4 out of 5 Great views of beach

    By Anonymous

    Fantastic Course. Usual Links type but with great views over the beach and water from some holes. Long course

  • 4 out of 5 Going back

    By Anonymous

    Fantastic. True links course, with great views over the Solway Firth. Will be going back at some time.