Thorpeness - Suffolk - England

Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club,
Thorpeness,
Leiston,
Suffolk,
IP16 4NH,
England


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G. Stuart Ogilvie designed the purpose built holiday resort of Thorpeness and the village was constructed between 1910 and 1930. James Braid laid out the first 10 holes at Thorpeness Golf Club in 1922 and 8 further holes were added the following year when the club was instituted.

The course is laid out on predominantly sandy soil so, in a similar vein to nearby Aldeburgh, is a natural maritime heathland course with crisp turf, heather, gorse and seaside winds. Thorpeness is located a mere 400 yards from the North Sea so expect a stiff challenge when there is a freshening breeze.

Thorpeness Golf Club has played host to many county and regional events over the years and is considered by many golfers as a serious test despite its modest length – a little more than 6,500 yards from the back tees.

A gentle opening par four eases you in to the round, but the fun really starts at the 2nd, a lovely par three that requires and accurate iron shot to a heavily bunkered and narrow green. The club’s signature hole arrives at the 3rd. The hole sweeps around a tributary of the Thorpeness Meare – an artificial lake used for fishing and boating, a haven for wildfowl. The Meare is out of bounds; so don’t stray too far left!

The club is certainly not resting on its laurels, undertaking a significant bunker renovation programme over the winter months of 2010/11. These improvements were put to the test when Thorpeness, alongside Aldeburgh, co-hosted the 2012 English Seniors Championship, which was won by Alan Squires of Oldham Golf Club.

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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: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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I agree that this course must be close to a ranking. It is tough, scenic and in great condition. Well worth a visit.
June 22, 2009
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
This course thoroughly deserves it's GEM status, in fact it must be close to having a ranking. I played on a bright April morning and enjoyed the course and my round totally. Very pleasing on the eye at this time of the year with plenty of gorse on show all around the course and a great collection holes. The third is a tough par-4 turning left at around 240 yards and is great fun to play - the par-3 7th is my favourite hole...a mid iron over water to a protected green with trouble all around, it really is a quality short hole. I was slightly disappointed with the 10th hole; another par-3 but not a lot to be interested in to be honest. The tee shot at the 11th is worth a mention, a short par-4 (about 315 yards) at the edge of the course, that shares its border with the local pig farm. The rest of the course continues well and ends with the ultra tough par-4 at around 430 yards with the famous house in the sky behind the green on the left. Well worth a visit...
May 02, 2009
6 / 10
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Richard Parr
Thorpeness is a wonderful golf course, a great variety of holes, always in superb condition and whilst not a championship venue, a good challenge to players of all standards. The views are beautiful, the 18th with the windmill & the house in the clouds has to be one of the best views in golf anywhere. We have used it for a golf tour for a number of years, as the catering is superb and the accommodation on site makes life very easy. The accommodation itself is nothing spectacular, but it is clean & roomy, and the fact that buggies are available is great for groups like ours with older players. Thoroughly recommended.
December 26, 2007
8 / 10
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Billy
I’ve played Thorpeness on a number of occasions when I lived in Essex and my home club was closed due to being waterlogged in the winter. Along with nearby Aldeburgh, Thorpeness drains well and is consequently a great winter venue. It’s quite different in character to Aldeburgh in that it has more trees and the holes feel more isolated. The windmill and the amazing house in the sky has to be one of the most amazing sights in golf, I just wish I had my camera at hand for the approach to the 18th which is simply magical.
April 26, 2007
6 / 10
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Andy
May 02, 2009
New pics now online (including the 18th approach)...