The Golf Course

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.


Course Tour

Course Tour

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?



Course Video Guide

Course Video Guide

An aerial view of how nature has shaped this unique golf course with commentator Eddie Butler describing it hole by hole.

Video Guide



Latest Course News

Course Update

21 May 2018
Due to the current spell of very dry weather we have postponed the overseeding of the summer tees, the machine drills a constant groove into which the seed is placed ready for germination, I am concerned the grooves will gape open in the dry weather

Pitch Mark Repair

2 Mar 2018
During the winter period the club has experienced an alarming lack of etiquette with regards to the repairing of pitch marks on our greens. The club conducted a survey recently were various sections of the club were monitored during their play.

Course Forum

21 Nov 2017
The EC will be holding a course forum on Wednesday Jan 10th at 5.30pm. A detailed agenda will be issued closer to the date.


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Southerndown Weather

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Architect's Report - 110Kb (Required member password to view)

Agronomist Report - 135Kb (Required member password to view)




Contact Us

Southerndown Golf Club
Ogmore by Sea
CF32 0QP

01656 880476