One of the best golf courses in Scotland, opened in 1903 and redesigned by James Braid twenty years later, Powfoot presents a mix of both links and parkland golf, delivered to the highest standard.
This is an exceptional Championship course with all the right ingredients in terms of length, quality, setting and character. The course winds through an extensive plain of sand, with heather lined fairways and a persistent wind blowing off the Solway Firth.
Predominantly links, Powfoot’s final 3 holes are of a distinctly parkland nature, a legacy of the Victory Garden that was cultivated here.
The course provides an exceptional challenge with many challenging but rewarding holes, excellent greens of generous size and superb views across the Solway and out towards Criffel.
The ninth hole, known as “Crater,” gets its name from the fact that a German bomb was dropped here during World War II. This provides the par-4 hole’s defining feature – a great, deep hollow some 80 yards short of the green.
The 16th hole, known as Ryehill, requires an imaginative tee shot to avoid the rough to the left and out of bounds on the right. Even if you hit it well, you’ll have a challenging second shot to an elevated green which slopes from back to front.
The first nine holes present a stiff test in the best links tradition and the final nine encompass a mixture of parkland with gorse and rough.
The highlight of the back nine could be No. 11, which has everything that the golf course is famed for. Your tee shot has got to be straight, which is no easy job when that wind is blowing. Once over the incline, you will find the green nestling up to your right, surrounded by shrubs, plus a bunker on either side of the green.
The links part of the course follows the shoreline of the Solway Firth and presents some breathtaking views of the North Lakes mountains and the hills adjacent to Dumfries.