nr Dumfries, Dumfrieshire DG2 8AZ
18 holes. Seaside links. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Seaside and rural countryside.
Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (known as Mackenzie Ross).
16 miles S of Dumfries
From Dumfries follow the A710 south, direction Solway Coast. After 13.2 mls turn left direction Southerness. After 1.9 mls golfclub is on your right.
Southerness Golf Club: Scotland is home to an enviable treasure chest of seaside golf links. Southerness may not be among the best known, but it's a course that keeps good company with its high-ranking peers. Set beneath the soft Galloway hills on a beautiful stretch of the Solway Firth, a trip to this "off the beaten track" course will not disappoint.
The terrain here is not excessively undulating, which makes for a relatively easy-walking round. That said, Southerness has its fair share of gently rolling fairways, often flanked by neatly trimmed revetted sand traps. Around the excellent greens, these ball-swallowing pot bunkers also feature strongly. You'll need to negotiate six of them to land safely on the putting surface at the short par-4 8th. At the par-3 10th no less than seven traps lie in wait, in marked contrast to the bunkerless par-3 17th. Beyond the generally good-width fairways, most of the holes are defined by an abundance of gorse and heather. Swathes of bright yellow (gorse) and vivid pinks and purples (heather) adorn the course at different times between May and October.
The front-nine of this excellently maintained layout takes you on an expansive journey around cattle grazing meadows, all the while the course retaining the look and feel of a classic golf links. On the back-nine the par-4 12th and 13th holes take you onto a small promontory and directly alongside the Solway Firth's rocky foreshore and sandy beaches.
With its easy-going natural charms and many and varied golf challenges, only the vagaries of the weather are likely to dent your enjoyment of this wonderfully scenic and peaceful golf haven.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
From the 1980s Southerness has hosted an increasingly impressive array of tournaments, not least the Scottish Amateur championships in 1985 and 1995. In 1990 Sweden's Matthias Gronberg shot a course record 65 on his way to becoming the British Youths' champion.| Just 9 miles across the Solway Firth, in the English county of Cumbria, you may just be able to see another gem, the seaside links course of Silloth-on-Solway.
2019 Golf World rating: 77th best course in Britain & Ireland; 25th best in Scotland.
Kirkbean, Dumfries & Galloway DG2 8AA
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Previously a private family manor house, Cavens is a lovely home-from-home hotel, set in six acres of peaceful, landscaped private gardens, near Dumfries in Scotland. It is a small 4-star country house hotel of character and charm.
Rockcliffe, Colvend Coast, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway DG5 4QF
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