Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

Bradshaws Lane, Ainsdale,

Southport, Merseyside PR8 3LG

  • Office

    +44 (0)1704 578 000
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1704 577 316
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1704 570 896
  • Golf pro

    Jim Payne (PGA Club Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Coastal links. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Hillside GC (on the west side across the small railway), open countryside and limited residential.

  • Designer:

    James Braid and James A. (Jim) Steer.

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6836
6396
5683
Par
72
71
74
SSS or slope
74
72
74

Location

Latitude:

53.605467

Longitude:

-3.034307

How to get there:

15 miles N of Liverpool

From the centre of Southport, head south on the A565 direction Liverpool. After 3.2 miles, at Southport & Ainsdale sign, turn right into Bradshaws Lane. After 200 yards golf entrance is in front of you.

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1906

Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club: A links golf course designed by the incomparable James Braid is always likely to be an enjoyable and challenging experience; in these respects Southport & Ainsdale will certainly not disappoint. On this occasion the undulations and twists and turns of the links terrain have fashioned a sometimes tricky and constantly testing layout.

The opening hole, a par-3, serves notice that good course management and accuracy from the tee will serve you better than flailing away with the driver at every opportunity. Straight hitting is at a premium if you want to stay out of the rather punishing rough. There's also a multitude of pot bunkers lining the fairways and surrounding many greens.

Just across the railway track that borders the west side of Southport & Ainsdale, you can look into the adjoining Hillside Golf Club and its towering sand dunes, beyond which lie two other notable attractions ... Royal Birkdale Golf Club and the Irish Sea.

List of courses: England - Lancs / Cheshire

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Sept): weekdays £230; weekends £250.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Good

Did you know?

Southport & Ainsdale has hosted many top level competitions, not least the Women's British Open (1979) and the second and third Ryder Cups to be contested on European soil (1933, 1937) (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Southport & Ainsdale).

A stunning five-mile stretch of duneland on the Lancashire coast is book-ended by the seaside towns of Southport and Formby. At the northern end of this stretch of sand hills, and closest to Southport, you'll find three of England's top-rated links courses sitting cheek-by-jowl. The proximity of this formidable triumverate, comprising Royal Birkdale, Hillside and Southport & Ainsdale, can be clearly seen on a satellite view map.

Royal Birkdale lies closest to Southport. A small pathway separates this revered Open Championship venue from Hillside, which adjoins it to the south. Across the railway track to the south and east of Hillside, lies Southport & Ainsdale. If this trio doesn't satisfy your links golf appetite, the also excellent courses of Formby and West Lancs lie just a few miles further south.

Published ranking

England's 44th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Britain & Ireland's 94th best course (Golf World, 2022).

Where2Stay

  • Scarisbrick Hotel3-star

    Lord Street, Southport, Lancs PR8 1NZ

    +44 (0)1704 543 000

    Visit website

    The Scarisbrick Hotel is set in a central location on Lord Street, Southport's main shopping boulevard. It is close to all Southport's main attractions, and a short drive from the area's many top level golf courses.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Hesketh; Royal Birkdale; Hillside

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Southport & Ainsdale; Formby; West Lancashire

  • Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa4-star

    Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside L37 0AB

    +44 (0)1704 875 699

    Visit website

    With 62 bedrooms, Formby Hall combines all the charm and individuality of a boutique hotel, with the facilities of a 4-star luxury spa and golf resort. Located just 30 mins from Liverpool, it is an ideal base from which to explore the fabulous golf courses on the Lancashire coast.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Formby Hall

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Formby

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Hillside; Royal Birkdale; Southport & Ainsdale; West Lancashire; Hesketh; Wallasey; Royal Liverpool.

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Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).

Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24). 

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