Ipswich (Purdis Heath) - Suffolk - England

Ipswich Golf Club,
Purdis Heath,
Bucklesham Road,
Ipswich,
Suffolk,
IP3 8UQ,
England


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Ipswich Golf Club at Purdis Heath is a delightful place, oozing style, peacefulness and tranquillity. You would never believe you are just a couple of miles outside the busy town centre. In fact, you could easily assume that you're at one of Surrey's best sand belt courses.

The club was originally founded in 1895 and in those days the members played on Rushmere Heath – a delightful spot – now the home of Rushmere Golf Club. In 1926, they decided to move and acquired more than 200 acres of ideal golfing land. “James Braid designed this course and in 1928, at the age of twenty-one, I joined Braid with J. H. Taylor and Abe Mitchell at the opening of the course and clubhouse,” wrote Sir Henry Cotton in his guide to Golf in the British Isles: “The clubhouse was built as a large country house so that in case the golf project did not succeed, the property could easily be sold – such was the uncertainty about the growth of golf when I came into the game!”

In a similar way to Muirfield, Ipswich is laid out in two broad loops but the difference is that the loops run in different directions to those at Muirfield. Here at Purdis Heath, the outward nine is on the inside running anticlockwise and the inward nine wraps around the outside running in a clockwise direction. This classic design ensures that the elements hit you from all directions. Additionally, Braid made full use of the natural contours of the land by laying the course out on the high ground around two lakes. The construction of the course was actually contracted out to F.G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor.

Undoubtedly Ipswich is a first class golf course, which changes character seasonally. The autumn colours are sensational and in spring, with the rhododendrons in full bloom, there's no better place to be. There are many fine holes, but one of our favourites is the charming 15th, a short par three where the tee shot must carry across water to a green, which is savagely protected by bunkers and flanked by trees on both sides.Henry Cotton (left) opening the 9-hole course - June 1968

In addition to the Purdis Heath course, Ipswich has a delightful 9-hole short course called Bixley, which was opened by Sir Henry Cotton on the 40th anniversary of the opening of the main course. The new course was intended to relieve the Purdis Heath course and give beginners the chance to learn. “My only possible criticism of the new nine-hole course is that it is too tough for most players, although great fun for a real golfer to play,” wrote Sir Henry Cotton.

We think Purdis Heath is one of the best, and certainly one of the most underrated courses in the land. It's quite staggering that a course of such quality has never been voted onto a GB&I Top 100 list. A nine-hole warm-up on the Bixley course before tackling Purdis Heath after lunch cannot be bettered anywhere in the whole of East Anglia.

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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: 8.3 out of 10 Reviews: 16
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Ivan
If the back 9 is a good as the front then why is this course only ranked 91 in England. Unfortunately we only played to the 9th green as torentual rain forced us to stop but to there the holes were fantastic. This in my opinion is one of the best courses in the country certainly top 20. Get the reviewers out to have another look !!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 27, 2010
10 / 10
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Andy
June 18, 2014
Great to see the progress in the rankings of this great course; #91 in England back in 2010 and now #56....
Ian Macdonald
I had the pleasure of playing Ipswich in August '07 for the first time. What an experience. This course is simply a delight and I shall be returning at the earliest opportunity. Both my playing partner and I play off low single-figures and the pair of us summed up Ipswich by agreeing it is the best course we have ever played. The maturity, layout, visual appeal and need for accuracy off the tee make it the tops. The greens perhaps could have done with a cut, but now I'm splitting hairs. Go and play this course ASAP!
August 03, 2007
10 / 10
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Andy
High quality golf at Ipswich, a Braid classic indeed. The heathland course has got it all with a great selection of all types of hole and a tough test. All the usual heathland traits; colourful heather, tricky gorse and perfect springy turf. Gentle start at the first with a shortish par 4 away from the clubhouse then it’s a up, down, left, right delight for the whole round. 15th is a beautiful par 3 over water and sums up the entire course – in fact the par 3’s are all pretty good – The only hole that may not be for the purists is the 4th … where you don’t get sight of the green until you are there as it drops away steeply at around 30 yards out .. All in all I cant wait to return – the current green fee is good value – as if this course was ‘down south’ on the fashionable M25 run – the fee could easily trebled. Recommended.
September 07, 2005
8 / 10
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Hugh
One of the delights of East Anglia. Not very well known but it really should be because it's a wonderful course. The undulating ground makes for interesting golf and although this is not a long course, there's plenty of heather and enough trees to catch you out. Well worth playing and for my money as good as many of the heathland courses to the west of London. Nine hole course is good fun too!
August 08, 2005
8 / 10
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Colin Jones
This course really is a hidden gem, and really not a long drive from the suburbs of London and Essex. Half heathland, half woodland, the course blends into its surroundings beautifully. There are some great holes, two lovely par 3's , one on each nine, and a very unusual par 4 which drops down from the fairway some 50 feet onto a sheltered green. A fair course, but you know you will have played well to get to the elusive 36. Thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, it also has a lovely, neat and gentle nine hole short track for a society warm up. The food is good and the staff are very welcoming indeed. Probably won't please the club if I say this, but if they can't accommodate your eating requirements there is a terrific little pub called The Ship in Levington just up the road, also well worth a visit. CJ
September 10, 2004
8 / 10
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Keith Baxter

It's quite a surprise to find a little Sunningdale on the edge of Ipswich. Purdis Heath is a real beauty, a hidden treasure if ever there was one. It's a James Braid classic. A super society venue...the little 9 hole short course offers a great morning warm-up before the action really starts in the afternoon on the main course. Play it and don't tell anyone.

September 09, 2004
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