Southerndown is unique. Nature has crafted an unusual ‘limestone-heath’ on which we play our golf. The massive limestone outcrop, which rises over 70 metres from the sea and gives us such superb views, accounts for the course’s free drainage; the overlying soil supports acid-loving heathland vegetation such as heather, bracken and gorse; and the westerly winds have deposited centuries of sand to give the front eight holes a springy, links-style character.
This 'limestone-heathland-links' presented the original course architects with a unique tableau on which to work. Willie Fernie, Herbert Fowler, Willie Park, Harry Colt and Donald Steel - some great names in golf course design - have all played their part over the years in creating Southerndown as we know it today.
Championship golf is the result. In the past we have staged the Martini and Piccadilly tournaments and nowadays we host top Amateur Championships - including, of course, our own Duncan Putter.
You can get a ‘feel’ for each hole on the course by clicking on the hole number, along with images of some of the shots required - some of them played by international golfers, some by members and visitors. How would you have played them?
An aerial view of how nature has shaped this unique golf course with commentator Eddie Butler describing it hole by hole.
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Architect's Report - 110Kb (Required member password to view)
Agronomist Report - 135Kb (Required member password to view)
Southerndown Golf Club
Ogmore by Sea