Aldeburgh (Championship) - Suffolk - England

Aldeburgh Golf Club,
Saxmundham Road,
Aldeburgh,
Suffolk,
IP15 5PE,
England


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  • 6 miles E of A12 (A1094) to Aldeburgh

  • Contact in advance - 2 balls & foursomes only


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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. Although the Championship course itself is ostensibly heathland, its close proximity to the estuary and the North Sea provides a salty whiff of sea air.

Aldeburgh was originally designed by John Thompson and Willie Fernie and modified at the turn of the 20th century by Willie Park Junior and J.H.Taylor. Hugh Alison and Harry Colt made further modifications to the course in the 1920s. Benjamin Britten once lived close to the course, bringing fame to the town through the internationally renowned music festivals at Snape Maltings.

If you play Aldeburgh between May and late June, you will be presented with beautiful narrow fairways weaving their way between bright yellow gorse. You will be hard-pressed to find such an awe-inspiring sight at any golf course. Clearly, you need to be on top of your game. Looking for golf balls in this terrain is a painful business. "I am also very fond of Aldeburgh," wrote Darwin, "though now and again when I am sore and spiky from sitting in gorse bushes, and hot and tired from searching for my ball, I could wish there was just a little less gorse."

Deep, sleeper-faced bunkers protect some of the greens. Combine this with the ever-changing wind and you are presented with an excellent a golfing challenge. Or as Darwin said: "I know no course more likely to teach driving accuracy. There is nearly always a wind on that most pleasant heath, and there are very often avenues of gorse, and you simply must keep straight."

Aldeburgh is a traditional two-ball club; foursomes, not three or four-ball play is the order of the day. Aldeburgh Golf Club has hosted a number of important ladies and men’s amateur events over the years, but it’s a course the average handicap golfer will also enjoy enormously.

9th October 2008 – Perry Hunt commented on our article: “In common with a large number of top courses, Aldeburgh has cleared some gorse away from the fairways and tidied up years of natural overgrowth. As a result of a recent review, in association with Nicholsons, the course has been lengthened to 6,600 yards (par 68), bunkering has been modified and the Club is partway through a programme of modifying 4 or 5 holes. Finally, Aldeburgh offers splendid golf throughout the winter (no placing, no temporary surfaces and fast true greens) something many higher ranked courses cannot always offer, especially for our modest greenfees!”

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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: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 22
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anthony thompson
I played before the storms and was most surprised by the quality of the greens, they were most un-Aldeburgh like. Apart from being overly long ( I imagine the result of remedial and aggressive topdressing and re-seeding) there were the most extraordinary little squares of grass cut into each green ( patches). These were of a different colour and I think a different type of grass. One can only hope the remedial work does its job and the course is never again allowed to get into such poor condition.This has been and has the potential to be once again the very best course in the region once some attention is paid to its condition... even the bunker surrounds where new turf had been laid hadn't been watered through the summer and had died leaving unsightly scrub rather than grass. It's such a shame for a course I have loved playing for years.
November 13, 2013
6 / 10
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Darren
This is a delightful 2 ball course, which plays longer than it's yards - with a lot of 400+ yard Par 4s. The course is in good nick and they are really working hard on the greens, having stressed out all the meadow grass this summer - they will be fantastic next year. Very friendly pro and lovely ambience around the club.
October 16, 2013
8 / 10
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anthony thompson
I have really mixed feelings about this golf course. I have played it quite a lot down the years. Recently they have done some structural changes. Some of these like the bunker on the second and reshaping of the third work well. However others are not good, the bunkers on the left of the eleventh green are a great idea but the face of the bunkers points in entirely the wrong direction- very odd they've been badly constructed.Some of the gorse cutting has been good, but in places it has gone much too far- the course has lost a very great deal of its essential character. I especially don't like having so many tee to green views between the holes, there's no benefit to it from a playing sense.I played this May and the greens were truly shocking, some of the worst I have played. The seventh was abysmal ( I understand some experiment went badly wrong)- others were not much better. I played again a few days ago and the greens were much, much better but still lack growth (tining scars are still visible). I have to say whatever the greens staff are trying it is not working and it's unfair on paying customers to make them pay for an experiment. I would say that during my trip in May I also played other local courses which had no greens issues ( it wasn't the weather).I'll continue to go to Aldeburgh in the hope that it improves , it can be a tremendous test and if it were in good condition I'd challenge anyone to go round within handicap off the new blue tees.I just pray they get a grip of things and stop tinkering.I play off a handicap of 6.
July 12, 2013
6 / 10
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jim stewart
We played this 'top 100 course' in May this year and all (bar one!) wondered how it get's this accolade. Better going to nearby Thorpeness an original James Braid course which is being updated beautifully and where you don't have to play two balls.
May 10, 2011
2 / 10
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Peter Watson
June 07, 2011
Each to their own--there are some who would say that playing a round of foursomes on a quiet, fast running, natural heathland course in 3 hours or so per round while enjoying distant views of river estuary and sea is the pinnnacle of the game---- but tastes differ.
Steve Whitby
Long Par 4s some interesting some very basic, fairly tough to play to HCP. Greens were not what you'd expect from a top 50 course. Not sure why it is listed as 31st in England, not worth £55.00 green fee.
September 07, 2010
6 / 10
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Richard Lawrence
I'm a member at nearby Thorpeness and for those that think that is hard Aldeburgh is at another level. Played off blue championship tees and with 12 400+ yard par 4's this is a tough a test of golf as you will find anywhere. Having played some of the most renowned courses in the UK this is right up there!
October 22, 2009
10 / 10
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Craig Willson
A great course in a lovely quiet part of the world. Despite being a very traditional club, the members and the staff here make the club one of the friendliest I've had the pleasure to play. We played 2 rounds in a day and both rounds took approx 3 hours, which is very refreshing. The course itself was in great condition even though there are many new bunkers dotted around the course. The greens were fast and very true, and the fairways immaculate. Anyone playing to their handicap here will be very pleased with themselves. Wild drives are punished by the gorse and inaccurate approaches leave tough up and downs or 2 putts. A fantastic day out and great value for money, I for one cant wait to go back!
May 06, 2009
10 / 10
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Andy
Aldeburgh is difficult to dislike in anyway at all. In a similar way to nearby Thorpeness, Aldeburgh looks beautiful and golf played here from the spongy turf is a real pleasure. Not an easy course to score well on; the main reason being there are nine par-4's in excess of 400 yards with many pushing 450, so most players will not be reaching these in two shots, you will need a strong chipping game to make a decent score. After the first 10 holes, I felt as though there has been one too many of the same type of hole...long, straight and bordered by gorse - nothing wrong other than some holes were rather similar. I enjoyed the back nine more than the front and this would have been due to the variety of the holes. Here there is a great short par-4 (the 12th) and on the whole just a more interesting set of holes to be honest. In places this is definitely a 5-ball rating but due to my feelings about the front nine and also the fact that there are no par-5's on the course, I have to go for a 4-ball score - it is a strong one though......
May 03, 2009
6 / 10
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simon shepherd
Delightful old fashioned golf club, allows only 2ball or foursomes play. Very welcoming reception from pro shop. The course is a very tough test, especially with the wind blowing as it was. Greens were in superb condition.No holes really grab you as stand out holes, but when you leave you just have that urge to want to go back and play again. Without a doubt the best course in Suffolk.
March 25, 2008
8 / 10
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Hugh Wolley
With a par of 68 and SS of 71, this is one of the most difficult courses in the region. Its sandy soil means that it plays beautifullly 52 weeks per year. 2 balls only means that rounds are quick (we played a round in 3 hours.)
February 03, 2006
10 / 10
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