Southport & Ainsdale







Southport & Ainsdale


A testing championship course, Southport & Ainsdale – or S&A as it is widely and affectionately known – was founded in 1906, as part of the great golf boom around the turn of the 20th Century. Ever since, the club has been held in high regard for the challenge it poses to both elite amateur and professional golfers.

S&A began hosting professional events in 1917, when JH Taylor, Ted Ray and James Braid played an exhibition match to raise funds for the war effort to help wounded soldiers. The course will always be associated with the Ryder Cup, having hosted the biennial competition twice in 1933 and 1937.

Course Rankings

World’s Top 100: –
Britain’s Top 100: 91
England’s Top 100: 38

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Southport & Ainsdale

S&A has also hosted the Women’s British Open, Amateur Championship and is a Final Qualifying course for The Open. Jack Nicklaus played his first overseas competition here, the Piccadilly tournament, in 1962 (won by five-time Open Champion, Peter Thomson). Arnold Palmer also played in the Nine Nations here in 1965.

With a long history of great tournaments and famous golfers to have walked its fairways, S&A is a special place to test your golfing skills. You are guaranteed to enjoy a fantastic day on this challenging but fair golf course. Threading your way through the sandhills and dunes of S&A presents a true test of any golfer’s accuracy.


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