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Southport & Ainsdale golf course review

Southport & Ainsdale: An England’s Golf Coast classic with a rich Ryder Cup history

Why we would rather be playing this natural links on England's Golf Coast
 

Everybody seems to flock to Southport & Ainsdale’s royal neighbour Royal Birkdale. For those who choose not to come to S&A, they really are missing out on a treat.

The club is set on a gorgeous piece of rolling links land, and there’s a railway line between the coast and the course.

It has a very natural feel, although it is somewhat old-fashioned with some blind drives and obscured approach shots.

History

In 1933 Southport & Ainsdale was chosen to host the Ryder Cup match – Great Britain versus America. Having staged the Dunlop-Southport Tournament in 1931 and 1933, the Ryder Cup Committee of the Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club were not without experience of large golfing events.

Only The Belfry has hosted more home soil Ryder Cups than S&A.

And then in 1937 they did it all over again. Southport & Ainsdale is privileged to have staged not one, but two Ryder Cups – the latter concluding with the Americans becoming the first team to win an overseas match with victory over Great Britain in 1937

What makes it special?

Undoubtedly the two Ryder Cups that the Club hosted back in the 1930s.

Where is it?

A few miles outside Southport heading south along the A565.

Where does it rank?

26th in England, 74th in GB&I, 67th in Value

Would you like to play Southport & Ainsdale with the NCG Top 100s Tour?

Our NCG Top 100s Tour offers club golfers the chance to tick off their bucket list courses around the UK and Ireland while playing for fantastic prizes courtesy of TaylorMade.

The Tour prides itself on offering the best experience at the events while offering fantastic value.

Southport & Ainsdale is part of the Tour’s 2023 schedule with an event on August 14, 2023 and your entry fee includes:

  • Your round of golf
  • A meal before and after your round
  • A welcome pack on arrival
  • The chance to win amazing TaylorMade prizes

And, if that isn’t enough, you can get a 10% discount if you book four or more golfers.

Get in touch with S & A

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01704 578000.

Have you played S & A before? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us.

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Ben Outhwaite

Ben is National Club Golfer's Marketing Editor and the latest addition to our golf equipment review team.

He specialises in testing golf bags, beginner golf club sets, apparel and golf accessories. He also collates our buying guides so you know which are the latest and greatest bits of golf equipment on the market.

Ben picked up his first golf club when he was five years old – which was in fact a left-handed set of clubs!

He is a member at Rudding Park Golf Club and has a handicap of fifteen.

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