Outstanding Golf in an Outstanding Setting

By: Lindsay Chapman

Each weekend all over the UK, people load up their cars with their golf clubs and waterproofs, and take to the golf course. A social and popular pastime, enjoyed by many ages, golf is a wonderful outdoor sport, where the setting and elements can play a significant role in the appeal and popularity of a course.

While many play the same course each and every weekend, there are times when every golfers craves a new challenge and a different view as they stand on the first tee waiting to take that all important first shot.

Situated on the stunning heritage coastline, Thorpeness Golf Club is both beautiful and challenging. Those visiting for the first time will certainly find plenty to test their game, while regular members relish the opportunity to beat the course.

It is the unique relationship between man's creation and nature that make this golf course such a delightful place to play. The wild, unspoilt heathland provides the backdrop for the course and is a haven for wildlife of all sorts. Rare species of orchid and mushrooms flourish in the wetlands, while hedgehogs, adders and hares can be seen if you're very quiet and just a little bit lucky.

The course is truly unique and a warm Suffolk awaits all those who visit Thorpeness. The Golf Club also specialise in organising group or corporate days making it the ideal place for an awayday or perhaps enjoy a round as part of a meeting day. The restaurant serves excellent food prepared from fresh, locally sourced produce and will certainly hit the spot after a day in the bracing Suffolk air.

A range of golf breaks are available throughout the year and some include lessons from the PGA professionals, Frank Hill and Christopher Oldrey, who form the Suffolk Golf Academy and know the game of golf inside out.

Whatever time of year you decide to visit, this wonderful course set in a rather special part of the UK will be enjoyed by beginners and more seasoned players.

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