Suffolk

Situated on the east coast of England, the low-lying county of Suffolk is bounded inland by Cambridgeshire to the west, Norfolk to the north and Essex to the south. In a part of the country where the economy is heavily reliant on agriculture, the region known as Suffolk Coast and Heaths is designated as one of England’s Areas of Outstanding Beauty.

Although Suffolk County Golf Union is a member of the South Eastern Group of Unions, it organises competitions for male golfers in the county against Norfolk and (in the case of the Anglian League) Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire & Rutland from the Midland Golf Union. The Union is also a participant in the Suffolk County Golf Partnership, along with the local Women’s Golf Association and the PGA.

Suffolk Ladies’ County Golf Association has come a long way since it was founded in 1926, when six clubs representing ninety female members established the governing body. As of 2014, the association, which changed its name from “club” to ”association” in 1965, had a total of 30 affiliated clubs, with almost two thousand lady members.

Aldeburgh is one of the oldest courses in the county and it bears the design stamp of a number of golfing greats, including Willie Fernie, Willie Park Jnr and J.H. Taylor. A heathland course that lies within a mile of the coastline, it’s often ranked best in the county, but the delightful Ipswich (Purdis Heath) currently heads our latest Suffolk table.

Our Suffolk golf course rankings were updated in 2014. Click here to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Suffolk

Ipswich (Purdis Heath)

1st Suffolk - Best in Area

The Purdis Heath course at Ipswich Golf Club compares favourably with any inland layout in the British Isles... it's a James Braid classic.

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Description: The Purdis Heath course at Ipswich Golf Club compares favourably with any inland layout in the British Isles... it's a James Braid classic. Rating: 5.2 out of 6

Aldeburgh (Championship)

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Description: Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland. Rating: 4.6111111111111 out of 6

Woodbridge (Heath)

3rd Suffolk - Best in Area

"Woodbridge Golf Club has everything in the world that one could desire except the sea. It has sand and bracken and gorse, beautiful turf and the smoothest of greens."

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Description: "Woodbridge Golf Club has everything in the world that one could desire except the sea. It has sand and bracken and gorse, beautiful turf and the smoothest of greens." Rating: 4.7777777777778 out of 6

Thorpeness

4th Suffolk - Best in Area

Thorpeness Golf Club is laid out on predominantly sandy soil so, in a similar vein to nearby Aldeburgh, is a natural maritime heathland golf course...

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Description: Thorpeness Golf Club is laid out on predominantly sandy soil so, in a similar vein to nearby Aldeburgh, is a natural maritime heathland golf course... Rating: 4.5454545454545 out of 6

Felixstowe Ferry (Martello)

5th Suffolk - Best in Area

"I have the tenderest and most sentimental association with Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club," wrote Darwin, "because it was there that I began to play golf."

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Description: "I have the tenderest and most sentimental association with Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club," wrote Darwin, "because it was there that I began to play golf." Rating: 4.4666666666667 out of 6

Royal Worlington & Newmarket

6th Suffolk - Best in Area

Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club is a classic, sometimes referred to as Mildenhall and it’s the home of golf for undergraduates at Cambridge University.

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Description: Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club is a classic, sometimes referred to as Mildenhall and it’s the home of golf for undergraduates at Cambridge University. Rating: 3.7894736842105 out of 6

Stowmarket

7th Suffolk - Best in Area

Originally founded in 1902, Stowmarket Golf Club moved to its present site (a mile or so to the west of the market town) in the 1960s when Charles Grayston designed the parkland course...

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Bury St Edmunds

8th Suffolk - Best in Area

The course at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club first opened in 1924, designed by two-time Major winner Ted Ray. Due to the construction of the A14 road in the late 1960s, the layout was redesigned and upgraded by Frank Pennink.

Haverhill

9th Suffolk - Best in Area

Haverhill Golf Club has a course of two halves, with its outward nine fashioned by Philip Pilgrem and its homeward nine by Charles Lawrie, this attractive parkland layout utilises two valleys and the River Stour to good effect.

Hintlesham

10th Suffolk - Best in Area

Hintlesham Golf Club is situated a few miles to the west of Ipswich in 150 acres of undulating parkland that once formed part of the Hintlesham Hall estate. The 6,638-yard course was designed by Hawtree Ltd and opened its tees for play in 1991.