At South Cliff Golf Club, not only do we pride ourselves on being 'the friendly club' but we also offer a superb combination of excellent facilites and a spectacular course with open views out to sea.

Welcome to Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club

Host Club, Men's English Amateur Championship, 2016


At the turn of the last century the game of golf had become very much in vogue and the absence of links in Scarborough was to the disadvantage of the town. Hence a movement was set afoot to provide golf links and tennis courts on South Cliff. The proposal at first was that the scheme should be municipal but later the movement became one of semi private character and a limited Liability Company was proposed in 1902. The company was formed to carry out the scheme with power to let the land to two new clubs – Scarborough Town Golf Club and Scarborough Cliff Lawn Tennis Club. After little success the tennis club later folded.

Distinguished golfers to play the course in the early days include Harry Vardon, James Braid and J H Taylor together with the 1907 Open Champion, Arnaund Massey. After a period of serious neglect and suffering during the First World War, Dr MacKenzie  of Cypress Point, Augusta National and Royal Melbourne fame was commissioned to design and supervise the construction of a new course which is, with some alterations, the one that is played today.

A new clubhouse was added in 1930 and the professional’s shop in 1937.

As cliff erosion crept towards the 9th and 10th holes, the course was altered and remapped during the 1980s with new 16th and 17th holes. More holes were built in 2002 to accommodate the new Scarborough to Filey Road the 11th and 12th holes were completely new and the 3rd modified. A new bridge linked the two parts of the course and the dash across the busy road became a thing of the past!

Recent major investment in both course and clubhouse has ensured a course in magnificent condition and a clubhouse ideal for functions

Just a quick note to say the course was in superb condition last Sunday – 24th of May. The course as usual is a credit to all concerned and that once again we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Once again thanks to all concerned for a great day out.

Geoff Coulborn

What a splendid weekend I had even though I had no 2’s or hole in ones. All the team I encountered were helpful & friendly. Top quality course and greens, your green keepers must be very proud of the course. I loved the layout. Some beautiful holes has to be said. I can’t think if anything bad to say. Oh maybe I lost 1 golf ball. Weather was great, you must have ordered that.

I will hopefully play again next year. Thanks again for great time.

Paul Davidson

Just a quick email to say “thanks”… we had a lovely day (in spite of the inclement weather!!) our friends enjoyed your course as much as we did. We did sneak in the prizes at 5th… to many poor putts !

The food was delicious so praise to you caterers.

Hope to visit again next year.


Thanks to everyone at South Cliff for once again making us very welcome. The course was superb and all the lads enjoyed it.

Hope to see you again next May.

Ian Dunn

Dear Mr Secretary this just a note to thank you and you staff for yet again another excellent a day out at your club.

We appreciate all the work your staff did for us , sorry we missed the pro we usually have a good bit of banter with him.

Joe Mollins