Southerness Golf Club
Southerness, Kirkbean,
Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG2 8AZ
Tel : +44 (0)1387 880677 Fax : +44 (0)1387 880644

Southerness is a championship Links course designed by Mackenzie Ross and built in 1947. The Solway of Firth forms one of its border lines and there are magnificent views over to the hills of the lake district and to the hills in Kirkcudbrightshire to the west. The Scottish Amateur (twice), Scottish ladies, British Ladies and British Youths Championship have all been held here. A modern clubhouse with full 7 day a week catering is available and an extensive practice ground. Listed in 'Golf World' top one courses in Britain at number 78.

From Dumfries on A75 take Solway Coast Rd A170 south through the village of New Abbey and Kirkbean. Course is signposted and lies 15 miles South of Dumfries.

Further Information
Information herein provided by the club 1Sept 1998.

Course Details

Course Name: Southerness Holes: 18 Yardage: 6566 SSS: 73
Links course with Fairways bounded by extensive areas of gorse and heather. Wind is generally a factor and the subtle changes in direction of the holes designed by Mackenzie Ross provides a stiff test. There are no large hills or steep slopes on the course which make it easy walking. Eight of the par 4 holes are in excess of 400 yards.

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  • Europe Golf courses reviews Ian Triggs 06/02/99

    Ian Triggs wrote on: May 31, 2002

    A fabulous links course, a real test of golf on a calm day, but when the wind is blowing prepare for a battle! Because it is off the beaten track it is not overplayed, and the green fees are a bargain. I was fortunate enough to have my first, and only hole in one here (so far), on the 17th, so it will always live in my memory.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Jens Vagland Hdcp 6 01/01

    Jens Vagland Hdcp 6 wrote on: Dec 31, 2000

    This is the way it's supposed to be. A fair price and a memory for life.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Doug Feltner 01/00

    Doug Feltner wrote on: Dec 31, 1999

    Teeing of at 6:15PM after flying from Orlando to Manchester and driving to Kirkbean to play Southerness and spend the night at the Cavan House was a wonderful way for 3 Floridians to begin their 10 day Scotland Golf journey.
    The course is magnificent, especially the 12th hole and if you are fortunate, hopefully Stewart will be in the clubhouse to share a 'beverage' and wonderful stories about the course and the area around the Solway Firth.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews David Fulton 05/99

    David Fulton wrote on: Apr 30, 1999

    As a member of Southerness I heartily recommend a visit to this testing golf course. It is in excellent condition and a new sprinkler system will ensure that there will be only a few bare lies on the fairways. As an organiser of golf holidays to the area I have yet to meet a critic of the course.
    A true test especially off the whites but most will find it long enough off the yellows especially if the wind blows. Excellent greens and the fees for a course of this quality are reasonably set along with many others in Galloway. Don't miss it.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Bill Johnson 05/99

    Bill Johnson wrote on: Apr 30, 1999

    For anyone visiting this part of Scotland a round at Southerness is a must.
    The greens are always in excellent condition and with the winds off the Solway you are presented with challenges to test the limits of your game. I have played this course 5 times and each time the experience has exceeded the expectations.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Jim Priddin 12/98

    Jim Priddin wrote on: Nov 30, 1998

    Having taken a group of keen golfers to Scotland over the years we always make sure that we have a game on this great course. We have enjoyed the nice warm sunny no-wind days but its not the same as a good wind to make you appreciate what a good test of golf it is. We are coming back in May '99.


  • Europe Golf courses reviews Mark Gilbert 11/98

    Mark Gilbert wrote on: Oct 31, 1998

    It is unbelievable that there are no comments posted about this course. If there were any sort of mass accommodation nearby, this course would have held an Open Championship by now ! Peter Alliss will harp on about the signature 12th hole, but even better is the superb 3rd, 5th 10th, 13th and a brilliant par 3 17th. The course is in excellent condition, and if Tom Watson or Payne Stewart ever play there, Americans would fund a runway themselves to ensure connections. Until then, play the Royal Dornoch's, Narins, Muirfields, Prestwick's etc at a later NOT miss this one !


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