Southerndown Golf Course Review

Southerndown opened in 1905 and has a real links feel about it. Unlike many seaside courses, there are plenty of trees, which offer some respite and shelter on cold winter days. The course is beautiful, offering golfers some stunning views. 

The 1st hole is a gentle opener, a par 4 of 367 yards with a generous fairway. Everything slopes from left to right, so you don't want to be slicing your drive.  

The 7th is a cracking par 3, measuring 218 yards. With the wind in your face, it is a beast. It is played to a green that slopes from front to back. 

The 12th is a dogleg that measures just 397 yards. It looks pretty straightforward from the tee, but the wind is the real issue. There is thick gorse on both sides of the fairway and the wind normally blows across the dogleg, adding to the degree of difficulty. The green is huge - so big that club selection can vary by three clubs at least depending on where the flag is. 

The 15th is a downhill par 4. It is only 365 yards and the wind is usually behind. The drive is played to a fairly wide fairway, but if you miss it you will be in the gorse. You should be hitting a short iron to small, well-protected green with a bank at the rear. 

You will love the 17th hole, a 414-yard par 4 that requires some thought. You run out of fairway after 260 yards, so a three wood is the ideal club from the tee. You need to hit your approach towards the right side of the green or else the ball will kick off to the left where two bunkers lay in wait. 

The 18th is the signature hole at Southerndown, featuring a split level fairway with trouble on both sides. The green, which sits in front of the clubhouse, is another large one and is protected by three deep bunkers.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.