Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club, known as S&A, was founded in 1906 and is a championship links course designed by James Braid.
Set amongst the dunes on the North West coastline to the south of Southport, S&A is a typical links course. It is covered in heather and gorse, which provides splashes of colour in Spring and Autumn, but which also makes the course quite challenging, especially when the sea breeze comes into play. The sixteenth hole, with its hill and bunkers lined with railway sleepers, is probably the best known. It is called ‘Gumbleys’, after one gentleman who spent a lot of time in there. Players need to beware here because the hole can trap a poor second shot.
The course ensures that both experienced players and beginners get pleasure from an immensely enjoyable experience.
The club has hosted two Ryder Cup matches and has been voted by one golf magazine as among the top 50 courses in Great Britain.
The clubhouse has been refurbished to coincide with S&A’s centenary in 2006
The main lounge and patio area at the front provide stunning views across the course including the 18th green and 1st tee.
You can take a course of lessons with S&A’s experienced professional Jim Payne. Jim and his assistants offer first class coaching to experienced players and beginners alike. The Pro Shop sells golf fashion wear and golfing accessories, and provides a club repair service
S&A has been named as the Local Final Qualifying Course for the 2012 Open which will be held at Royal Lytham St. Annes.