Southerness Golf Club

Southerness, Kirkbean,

nr Dumfries, Dumfrieshire DG2 8AZ

  • Office

    +44 (0)1387 880 677
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1387 880 677
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1387 880 644
  • Golf pro


About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Seaside and rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (known as Mackenzie Ross).

SSS or slope






How to get there:

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

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

Est. 1947

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. 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.

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.

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.

List of courses: Scotland - South


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (March thru' Nov): weekdays £80; weekends £100.

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

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire on medical grounds or for golfers with limited mobility.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

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.

Published ranking

Scotland's 31st best course (Golf World, 2022).
Britain & Ireland's 99th best course (Golf World, 2024).


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