16 reviews of Southerness Golf Club
After many years of wanting to play Southerness, was finally given the opportunity on a golf trip and was not disappointed. Well looked after from arrival to leaving and a challenging course in great condition and apart from one shower benign weather conditions. A great experience and one I would recommend to anyone. I already look forward to returning.
Played the course on Sat 10th July 2011. Arrived just in time to miss the rain, which was great, as we then had clear clue skies and sun. However, the wind was strong, which added to the challenge. Course was in great condition, especially the greens, compliments to all the staff who work there.
I had played the Carrick on the Friday, in good weather, and have got to say, I enjoyed Southerness more.
I stronly recommend this course to everyone who plays golf.
Ive just come back from a week in Scotland. I played Southerness for the first time and i was totally blown away, i absolutley loved it. the course condition was amazing and i had the time of my life. I cant wait to go back and play it again.. Everyone i met was really helpful and friendly. Thankyou all at Southerness see you soon
After playing Silloth Golf Club on Thursday 26/03/09 my friend and I met some more friends in Dumfries to play Southerness on the Friday. This really is in a remote place but that only adds to the character of the place. We played 36 holes and at £34 can only be described as great value for money.
Although not as tough as Silloth this course is still a real challenge of links golf, again as with the previous day a 30+mph wind was relentless and really made you think about every shot. The course itself was in brilliant condition, although a few temperary tee boxes where in play but this didn't cause any problems. The fairways and greens where in great condition considering the time of year and recent weather and are a credit to the green staff.
I can't wait to return and play this course again.......hopefully next time the wind may have eased off!
Day 3 (July 14, 2008) of our Scottish golf tour - "we" being six Swedish golfers - we played at Southerness, en route to Silloth for a brief foray into England.
After a fairly gentle start at Wigtownshire County and Stranraer, Southerness offered a much sterner test, especially as the wind was blowing some 20 mph. The course is not so spectacular from a scenic point of view, being located on pretty flat links land, but it is a very fair golf course where you can see the difficulties - at least most of them. The layout is interesting and varied. I think I'd probably name hole 12 as my personal favorite - a par 4 that is not very long but has more vertical contour than most of the other holes, and an interesting green area.
The greens were exceptionally good, fast and true. Fairways and tees were excellent too, while the rough was tough without being extreme. One particular characteristic of Southerness rough, compared to the other links courses we played, was the amount of heather bordering the mown areas. Heather is nice because you don't usually lose your ball in it, but at the same time it's hell trying to play out of it. You'll frequently be tempted by a seemingly nice and clean lie, but don't fall for the temptation! Be content with taking the shortest way back to the fairway; it will pay off in the long run.
We had not phoned ahead to book tee times, but it was Monday and the weather wasn't too good, so there were many tee times to choose from. The clubhouse is modern but cosy and it offers everything the visiting golfer may need.
I have now played Southerness 3 times and never gave this great course the credit it deserves after my first 2 visits. I thought it did not have that much character.However I played it for a third time in August 2007 in very windy and wet conditions and have totally changed my mind. Southerness is fantastic test of links golf. If you miss the fairway its curtains and you will drop many shots. The course is in excellent condition as always and is a joy to play. The 4th and 12th are my favourite holes. A very tough test of golf. You need to hit the ball very well to score on this course. Great value for money. Outwith the Open Champion courses, I only rate Dornoch & Silloth better than Southerness. An equal to Nairn but no better in the UK.
Played in May 2007 on a gloriously sunny day in pretty benign conditions (no wind to speak of, and the heather and gorse were not too intrusive). Excellent links course, very flat, so no blind shots. Fairways and greens in very good condition. Over 6,000 yards off the yellows, but a very mean par 69, with only two (both relatively short) par 5s. Views are stunning, with the Dumriesshire hills and coastline to one side and the Lake District to the other. Friendly clubhouse and service. £45 green fees. Well worth it (even if I say so after a birdie-par finish for a 21 handicapper!).
costly i thought at £35.00 a round...that was august 2004 midweek...tried to haggle for a discount as there was 20 of us but he told us to pay or go somewhere else....corse is full of gorse which you expect from a links course so keep an eye on your line and always play a provisional because theres not much chance of finding your ball in the gorse..always windy ..check he trees near the course there shaped by the wind.personally dumfries and county is a better track but if you prefer links golf then give this a try but not worth the asking price...
We played our Directors' Outing yesterday over Southerness. The course is in great condition, relatively easy for 11 holes then the wind came up and blew us all over the place for the last 7!
The 14th was almost impossible in a strong left to right crosswind, we lost 6 balls in our group of four. Despite a 7 there, I putted like God on a good day and shot a 72, my best here by a long way. The clubhouse service and food were excellent as ever.
Couldn't have played this course in better weather as fairways very dry and springy in July sunshine.
A strong challenge for me as a high handicapper but the same for players of a greater standard.
Particularly liked hole 12 and the back nine in general, which seems to favour a left to right shot.
Keep your eye on the ball as if not in play will
struggle to find.
PS Take your deet along if warm and sunny. It will keep the flies away!.
A GROUP OF US FROM HULL GC SPENT THE WEEKEND OF 7/9/2001 PLAYING SOUTHERNESS.THE FIRST DAY WAS EXTREMELY WINDY AND CONSEQUENTLY THE SCORES WERE HIGH.WHEN THE WIND IS NOT BLOWING THIS IS A SUPERB LINKS COURSE WHICH BOTH HIGH AND LOW HANDICAPPERS CAN ENJOY(BET YOU CANNOT START AND FINISH WITH THE SAME BALL,NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU THINK YOU ARE.
Southerness is a superb links course and very good value for money. We played on a very windy day which made it very tough but the setting and scenery made it a wonderful place to play golf despite this.
No weak holes. 12th is most memorable and is very difficult but view from the green is superb. Holes from 14th to 17th are into the prevailing wind so have potential to spoil a good score.
Finally, staff are very friendly and made our visit a great experience. Will definitely go back.
Played Southerness on a warm, windy Sunday morning in August. Was well worth the 90 minute drive. Playing in a 15-20 MPH wind, the course provided plenty of challenge. Strong points on the course are the par 4s, long and demanding, the greens, which were immaculate, the friendly welcome, and the par 4 twelfth hole: 420 yards dogleg right with the green hard on the cliff edge, trouble left and right, and hitting your approach into the prevailing wind - TOUGH!
Weaker points are the par 3's which are not very memorable and the very sparing use of the beachside land (a few more greens like that on number 12 would improve the appeal enormously).
All in all an excellent course in a lovely corner of the country.
This is 'a hidden gem'. Wonderful layout with some great holes and stunning scenery. Par 69 with SSS 73 says it all - nearly all the Par 4's are c400 yards or longer - and when the wind blows you'll probably be using woods for the Par 3's as well!! The rough although not so obviously punishing as at other links courses is impenetrable heather making it vital that you are playing your second shots from the fairways. Greens are excellent.
When played off the white tees SSS 73 Par 69 it is a demanding course. When the wind blows (as it almost always does) it becomes extremely hard.Superb tees and greens all year round make it worthwhile playing at any time. Yellow tees SSS71 Par 69 make life a little easier for the visitor but still an excellent test of all round golfing ability.
The course is spelt SOUTHERNESS not Serness. This is an excellent links course that should not be missed if you are planning a trip in this region. The wind can blow and it provides a difficult but rewarding challenge to all levels of golfer. It was designed by the same man that did Turnberry and it shows.
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