The modern game of golf originated in fifteenth century Scotland, and has since developed into a fun pastime for some, and serious sport for others. In Suffolk we are lucky to have a number of golf courses, so whether you’re a keen golfer or like to try you hand now and then there are lots of different places across the county you can play a spot of golf.
Aldeburgh Golf Club
Home to 2 courses, the 18 Championship Course and the 9 hole River Course, Aldeburgh Golf Club caters for beginners and experts alike. Established in 1884 the Club sits on the outskirts of the town and has views of the River Alde and the sea. The sandy soil makes the course playable all year round. The River Course is open to all players while the Championship Course is subject to a handicap certificate and availability of tee times.
Thorpeness Golf Club
A stone’s throw down the road from Aldeburgh lies Thorpeness, and Thorpeness Golf Club. With an 18 hole championship course, golfers of all abilities will be tested as they play. The course was designed by legendary golf course architect James Braid and the iconic House in the Clouds sits in the background, watching golfers as they make their way across the course. Tee times can be booked from 9:30am onwards, and to help your game there is a hole-by-hole guide to the course online for some top tips.
Southwold Golf Club
One of the oldest golf courses in Suffolk, the great game of golf has been played at Southwold Golf Club for 130 years. Just outside of the main town, the course sits in The Common and golfers are treated to excellent views of the heaths and Suffolk Coast surrounding them as they play. This brilliant 9 hole course, with 18 different tees, will test golfers
Alternatively, try out Southwold Putting Green if mini golf is more your style.
Felixstowe Golf Course
Another coastal course, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club has two courses; the 18 hole Martello Course and the 9 hole Kingsfleet Course. The Martell Course is suitably situated amidst Martello Towers which line the coast at Felixstowe, and is the more challenging of the two courses and is the fifth oldest course in England having been established in 1880. The Kingsfleet Course is available to everyone as a ‘Pay and Play’ course. Offering stunning views across the River Deben, the Kingsfleet Course can be as much of a challenge as the Martello Course but a good time is still guaranteed. The Clubhouse is ideal for taking a break and there is a Pro-Shop onsite so that you can stock up on all your golfing needs. If you prefer mini golf you’re certainly in luck with the Adventure Golf 9 hole course on Sea Road. Great fun for the whole family, test your skill in themed gardens around mystical statues to see if you can score a hole in one!
Rookery Park Golf Club
Founded in 1887, The Lowestoft Golf Club was formed by golf enthusiasts and over the years the club continued to purchase land in order to extend the facilities of the course. In 1975 the Rookery Estate bought and reopened the club as Rookery Park Golf Club. With an 18 hole course, non members are more than welcome to enjoy the course, tee times permitting. There is also a 9 hole par 3 course which is a good starting point for beginners and youngsters to experience a fun game of golf. There is a Pro-Shop with a variety of brands such as PING, Titliest, Footjoy and Motocady, so you can pick up any essentials you need.