Just 2 hours north east of London is the county of Suffolk. Bordered by Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west, Essex in the south and the North Sea to the east. The coastal location exposes Suffolk to the whims of the weather coming off the North Sea. This can be seen in the vegetation with the coast being designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Although there is only one links course in the county Felixstowe Ferry, the heathland golf is superb.
Aldeburgh Golf Club plays very much as a links courses but is actually a mile from the sea and is technically termed a maritime heathland. At 6600 yards it might not seem long but at par 68 it is a stern test against par. Ipswich Golf Club on the Purdis Heath was designed by James Braid and opened for play 1926. The classic heathland course is beautifully routed and takes full advantage of the hilly property. Woodbridge Golf Club is another heathland course also on a fairly hilly piece of terrain.
Felixstowe Ferry's Martello course is named after the round lookout tower which dominates your view of the course. Split into roughly two halfs with 9 holes running through the links land and the other holes on a flatter section across the road.
Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel is another lovely course designed by James Braid. Its hotel offers fine accommodation and restaurant so you will be well rested to attack the best golf of the region and enjoy Suffolks wonderful villages and countryside.
Easy to reach by road, tunnel, ferry and air Suffolk offers a diverse but compact golfing experience.
Aldeburgh Golf ClubAldeburgh Golf Club has two courses, the 18 hole Championship Course and the 9 hole River Course. The Championship Course is built on maritime healthland is characterised by gorse-lined fairways and far reaching views of the River Alde and the North Sea. Fast-draining, sandy soil ensures that it plays well throughout the year.
Thorpness Golf ClubIn 1922 Braid laid out a golf course on low lying heathland, just a stones throw from the Suffolk coast in an area of outstanding natural beauty. To this day, James Braid’s Thorpeness is regarded as one of the finest coastal heathland golf courses in Britain, and one of the best golf courses in Suffolk. Golfers play a course winding through heather, gorse, pine and silver birch trees, and hit from firm quick drying soil
Ipswich Golf ClubIpswich Golf Club was founded in 1895 and moved to its present located on Purdis Heath in 1926. The course was designed by the legendary golfer and architect James Braid. A classic heathland course, Ipswich is an absolute delight to play!
Woodbridge Golf ClubWoodbridge Golf Club has two courses the 18 hole Heath and the 9 hole Forrest course. Founded in 1893 the Heath course has developed a wonderful reputation as very fine heathland course. For a change of pace try the Forrest course.
Felixstowe Golf ClubFelixstowe Golf Club was founded in 1880 and is a classic links course. Views over the course are dominated by the lookout tower from which the course is named after 'Martello Course'. Felixstowe is the only links course in Suffolk and well worth a visit.
Accommodation in Suffolk
Thorpness HotelSituated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness offers modern rooms with comfy beds and breakfast, free parking and wifi. Many have views of the 18 hole championship golf course or gardens.
Felixstowe Golf ClubFelixstowe Golf Club has several self-catering apartments available for hire for a short-break.