When you arrive at Aldeburgh you will notice a few things. Firstly, what a warm welcome you’ll receive. Staff and members alike were keen to talk, help and find out how you came to the middle of nowhere to play their course, for which they are clearly proud of.
Secondly, a beautiful clubhouse that manages to blend old and modern to great effect and a veranda that looks across at least 4 holes to whet the appetite for the round ahead.
Aldeburgh is a 27 hole Golf Course, with a quaint 9 hole “River Course” that was offered free as a warm up and the 18 hole “Championship Course” as the main event .
The Championship is a quasi Heathland/Links Golf Course with narrow fairways and punishing fescue and gorse lining almost every hole. Accuracy off the tee here is a premium, because if you miss the fairway, you’re 2nd is a either a recovery, or a long iron into the green. This is a deceptively long 6,600 yard course, with no par 5’s. Long par 4s are the order of the day here and that’s not particularly to my liking. I believe all Golf Courses should afford you the chance of that glory Eagle. This is a birdie at best course and you’re hard pressed to find those.
There are some lovely holes here. The 1st is a nice opening hole. The 9th an excellent approach hole and the 10th has classic fairway bunker mounds guarding your approach. The best hole though has to be the Par 3 4th, with a raised green, guarded by sleeper-faced bunkers snaking around the green.
There are a few other nice holes, but they are all rather nice, but sadly for me, all rather samey. When I go to a course I want to come away remembering stand-out holes and barring the Par 3 4th, they all blend into one to make up a lovely, pretty course.
This should be on everyone’s list, as you will be glad you came, but I have to admit I was pleased to see Ipswich (Purdis Heath) move above Aldeburgh in the latest rankings. That is the right way round for me.
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Date: July 22, 2020