Southerness Golf Course in Dumfries and Galloway was designed by MacKenzie Ross, and built in 1947.
This is a true Championship Links course, measuring 6728 yards from the white (Championship) tees, 6566 from the white tees, 6110 from the yellow tees and 5622 from the red tees.
The SSS is 74 from the Championship tees, 73 from the white, 71 from the yellow and 73 from the red. The par in each case is 69 except the red which is 73.
It is an indication of the length and difficulty of these holes that the SGU course rating produced a SSS higher than the par figures.
The course is situated on the Solway coast giving panoramic views of the Solway Firth, the Cumbrian Lake District to the south, and the Galloway Hills to the west.
The terrain is level allowing for easy walking with no hills to climb. Being totally remote from large centres of population a feeling of being well away from the rat race is engendered. This feeling is enhanced by the course design which means that players are seldom aware of others on the course.
MacKenzie Ross’s brilliant design has been complemented by an excellent Head Greenkeeper and staff, who have now had a settled period of several years together which has brought the course into tip top condition.
Recognition has also been given from official bodies and Southerness has hosted the Scottish Amateur Championship, the Scottish Ladies Championship, the British Ladies Championship the British Youths, Scottish Junior Ladies Open Stroke Play, Scottish Amateur Stroke Play, Scottish Boys and British Boys Home Internationals.
It was in the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play in 2002 that Barry Hume set the course record of 64 on his way to winning the title.
The 12th hole is generally regarded as the signature hole. This is a 421 yard par four with a left to right dog leg. Fairway bunkers right and left require an accurate tee shot. Having split the fairway the hole then opens out to view a green, protected by bunkers on the right, a pond to the left, a large mound guarding front left entry, and the beach ten yards behind the green.
The forward view on playing the hole is the simmering Solway Firth, and a large sandy bay opens out to the right as you progress towards the green. A truly memorable hole.