Regularly ranked among the UK’s top 100 courses, Southport & Ainsdale more than holds its own on this magnificent stretch of golfing coastline. Having hosted the Ryder Cup twice in the early years, this James Braid designed layout is packed with history and charm.
Having played host to Open Championship Qualifying on many occasions, along with many other important events over the years, this is a genuine championship test. While it may not appear to be the longest from the scorecard, course management and accuracy are essential requirements if you want to score well.
The course begins with a tricky par 3 – often played into the wind to a green well protected by bunkers – so not the friendliest of introductions. Moving on, the 2nd is the first of a set of excellent par 5s and requires your tee shot and approach to be threaded between several sand traps lining either side of the fairway.
The final par 5, the 16th, can lay claim to be the signature hole. It is played alongside the railway line over a large sand dune to an undulating green complex. The dune has a deep bunker with a face consisting of wooden railway sleepers set into it.