Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Lakeside Ave,

Thorpeness, Suffolk IP16 4NH

  • Office

    +44 (0)1728 452 176
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1728 454 926
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1728 453 868
  • Golf pro

    Christine Langford (PGA Golf Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Heathland course. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    James Braid

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6311
6034
5469
Par
70
70
74
SSS or slope
71
70
72

Location

Latitude:

52.181438

Longitude:

1.606739

How to get there:

25 miles NE of Ipswich

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.

Est. 1922

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel: this renowned Suffolk coast golf course (and onsite hotel), is located a few hundred yards inland from the sea. Rather than duneland in character, the layout is defined by an abundance of gorse and heather. Like neighbouring Aldeburgh, straight-hitting from the tee is a prerequisite to scoring well as you journey around this absorbing and challenging layout.

The back-nine, on this out-and-back "heathland" gem, gets the edge over the front-nine, with arguably the more interesting and testing golf holes. But throughout, don't think that the par of 69 translates into an easy-going layout.

You will need to drive the ball accurately to find the not overly wide fairways. Par and birdie opportunities should be grabbed with both hands if and when they occur, with only two par-5s in the layout and plenty of trouble in store if you are too far offline.

Pick of the holes: the long left-to-right doglegging par-4 18th is another fairly tight driving hole, with fairway bunkers left, right and centre to be navigated. Your approach shot into the green is framed by the iconic "House in the Clouds" and Thorpeness Windmill, one of the most memorable finishes in English golf.

Stay&Play at Thorpeness GC: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

List of courses: England - East

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays am £70, pm £55; weekends am £80, pm £65.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Limited

Did you know?

The towering "House in the Clouds" and next to it the Thorpeness Windmill, are two impressive structures that see you home at the par-4 18th hole. The unusual "house", was originally constructed as a cleverly disguised 30,000 gallon water tank. It served the village of Thorpeness, before it had a mains water supply.

The water tower was made redundant in 1977, and the main water tank removed. The towering structure was converted into a seven-storey dwelling, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a staircase of 85 steps bottom-to-top. It is a Grade II Listed Building.

Published ranking

England's 92nd best course (Golf World, 2023).

Where2Stay

  • Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club3-star

    Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP16 4NH

    +44 (0)1728 452 176

    Visit website

    The Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club is situated in a peaceful location next to the Meare (fresh water lake) and 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Offering traditional hospitality throughout the year and operating to the highest of standards, facilities include 36 spacious and comfortable bedrooms many of which have views of the Meare or the golf course.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Thorpeness

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Aldeburgh.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      No

  • Wentworth Hotel3-star

    Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BD

    +44 (0)1728 454 343

    Visit website
    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Aldeburgh; Thorpeness

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      No

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