Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club

Southport, Merseyside

Bradshaws Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3LG, England

The Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, or S&A as it is affectionately known, is part of the chain of links courses spread along the North West coastline. The entire course is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with natterjack toads and squirrels resident among its sand dunes and heath land.

The current course was designed by James Braid, who alongside Henry Varden and J H Taylor, dominated British professional golf in the first half of the 20th Century. Much of Braid's original layout survives to this day and the fine par four, third hole, is named in his honour.

The traditional feel of the links has been retained through the years, with S&A making the worthwhile effort to control the spread of trees and bushes and keep the character of the course. So impressive is the course that one golf magazine named it among the top 50 golf courses in Great Britain.

In 2012, Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club was used for the Local Final Qualifying of the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes


Set amongst ranges of tall sandhills and smaller sand dunes, the Course is a true test of golf for all golfers. Accuracy is of ultimate importance and you need to plan your drive rather than just hit it as far as possible. The fairways are narrow and bordered by sandy dunes and channels, made all the more hazardous in the variable wind conditions. The coastal climate is kind and is a delightful atmosphere in which to play golf. The 18 Hole, 6768 yards, par 72, Course (sss 74) starts and finishes at the Clubhouse. The Yellow Course is 18 Holes, 6339 yards, par 71 (sss 72). All the holes are of championship standard and no two are the same. However, if one had to be singled out it would have to be the sixteenth. This famous hole has a great hill and bunker, lined with railway sleepers and ia a cunning trap, catching poor second shots. It is called the Gumnleys after a gentleman who spent some time there! The fine clubhouse sits above the eighteenth green and the first hole, a welcoming place to watch the incoming and outgoing golfers and enjoy the club’s trophies and photographic archives.

  • Number of holes: 18 holes
  • Par: 72
  • Yardage: 6768


Southport Golf Tour

Experience a good mix of all that Southport has to offer. The tour includes 5 top quality links courses to test all levels of golfers.

Championship Special

Play four Championship Courses in the Southport area and stay three nights Bed and Breakfast at The Waterford.

North West Classic

Play the North West Classic Courses - West Lancashire, Southport & Ainsdale and Hesketh.

Midweek Break

3 links courses - Royal Birkdale, Southport & Ainsdale and Hesketh; stay at the Lord Street Hotel

Fore Links

Formby, Hillside, Southport & Ainsdale and West Lancashire, with accommodation in the town centre at The Stamford in Southport - the perfect golf break.

What's Nearby

Hillside Golf Club 1.10 miles

1 course

Hastings Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LU, England

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa 1.27 miles

Southport Old Road Formby, Southport, Merseyside, L37 0AB

Royal Birkdale Golf Club 1.34 miles

1 course

Waterloo Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2LX , England

Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa 1.87 miles

2 courses

Southport Old Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 0AB, England

Formby Ladies Golf Club 2.83 miles

1 course

Golf Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1YH, England

Formby Golf Club 3.01 miles

1 course

Golf Road, Formby, Merseyside, L37 1LQ, England

The Vincent Hotel and Spa 3.12 miles

98 Lord St , Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1JR

Ambassador Townhouse 3.38 miles

Bath Street, Southport, Merseyside , PR9 0DP

Bliss Hotel Southport 3.48 miles

The Waterfront Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0DZ

The Waterford 3.71 miles

37 Leicester Street, Southport , Merseyside, PR9 0EX

Hesketh Golf Club 4.51 miles

1 course

Cockle Dick`s Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9QQ, England

Mode Hotel 9.88 miles

45 South Promenade, St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LS