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Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

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The Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, or the S&A as it is affectionately known, is part of the chain of links courses spread along the North West coastline. The entire course is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with natterjack toads and squirrels resident among its sand dunes and heath land.

The current course was designed by James Braid, who alongside Henry Varden and J H Taylor, dominated British professional golf in the first half of the 20th Century. Much of Braid’s original layout survives to this day and the fine par four, third hole, is named in his honour.

The traditional feel of the links has been retained through the years, with S&A making the worthwhile effort to control the spread of trees and bushes and keep the character of the course. So impressive is the course that one golf magazine named it amoung the top 50 golf courses in Great Britain.

In 2012, Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club will be used for the Local Final Qualifying of the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes


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Set amongst ranges of tall sandhills and smaller sand dunes, the Course is a true test of golf for all golfers. Accuracy is of ultimate importance and you need to plan your drive rather than just hit it as far as possible. The fairways are narrow and bordered by sandy dunes and channels, made all the more hazardous in the variable wind conditions.

The coastal climate is kind and is a delightful atmosphere in which to play golf. The 18 Hole, 6768 yards, par 72, Course (sss 74) starts and finishes at the Clubhouse. The Yellow Course is 18 Holes, 6339 yards, par 71 (sss 72).

All the holes are of championship standard and no two are the same. However, if one had to be singled out it would have to be the sixteenth. This famous hole has a great hill and bunker, lined with railway sleepers and ia a cunning trap, catching poor second shots. It is called the Gumnleys after a gentleman who spent some time there!

The fine clubhouse sits above the eighteenth green and the first hole, a welcoming place to watch the incoming and outgoing golfers and enjoy the club’s trophies and photographic archives.


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Golf Facilities

Practice Ground Driving range: Yes
Pro Shop Pro Shop Yes
Practice Green Practice Green: Yes
Buggies Buggies: Yes


Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club Packages currently available:

  • Golf Package Type

    North West Classic

    Play the North West Classic Courses - West Lancashire, Southport... 3 rounds, 3 nights for

    365, $545, €490

    more information about this golf package
  • Golf Package Type

    Championship Special

    Play four Championship Courses in the Southport area and stay... 4 rounds, 4 nights for

    765, $1150, €1030

    more information about this golf package
  • Golf Package Type

    Fore Links

    Four of the best links courses on Englands Golf Coast, plus unwind... 4 rounds, 4 nights for

    630, $945, €850

    more information about this golf package

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

Bradshaws Lane, Ainsdale, Southport, PR8 3LG
Par: 72
Yards: 6768
Course Type: Championship
The best thing to do is to take good notice of the prevailing conditions and shape your round around them, because they’ll dictate how you play.