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.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club
There are 2 courses to play at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club; an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole course. The 9 hole course is a popular choice for golfers looking to hone their skills before upping their game to the bigger course. The club was founded in 1924 and during the Second World War parts of the course were used as a assault course built by the Suffolk Regiment. A redesign was necessary in the 1960s owing to the construction of the A14. New holes were built, original holes were renumbered and the club formally reopened in May of 1969. Bury St Edmunds Golf Club has a Pro Shop and an excellent Clubhouse to enjoy as well.
Flempton Golf Club
A hidden gem in the Suffolk countryside, you will find Flempton Golf Club not far from Bury St Edmunds. The Club was established in 1895 and is a fine 9 hole course. With gorse and pine trees lining the greens, this picturesque golf-scape remains virtually unchanged from 1906 when an additional 12 acres was incorporated into the original course. The reasonable green fees invites visitors (by prior arrangement) to come and play the course, and there are a variety of memberships if you are looking to join the club.
Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club
With it’s impressive reputation as the best 9 hole course in England, Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club should be a top destination for golfers. Sitting on sandy-based soil which drains well all year round, the course remains playable in winter as there no requirement for temporary greens. The course has also been the home club for the Cambridge University Golf Team since the club’s founding in 1893. A thoroughly enjoyable course to play, visitors are welcome however visits must be arranged in advance.
Stowmarket Golf Club
Founded all the way back in 1902, Stowmarket Golf Club is a beautiful parkland course at Finborough Park. With lovely views of the countryside and wildlife which inhabit it, the course is renowned for the high quality greens. With holes to suit low and high handicappers, you are sure to enjoy a round or two of golf here. There is also a grass driving area, members club and a Pro Shop for you to stock up on any golfing necessities. With a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, you might find yourself coming back to Stowmarket Golf Club time and time again.
Thetford Golf Club
Set in the Breckland Forest area of East Anglia, the course at Thetford Golf Club has an abundance of pin, oak and birch trees as well as gorse and heath which makes for a stunning backdrop whatever the season. The course was designed by James Braid, and Thetford Golf Club has been a popular and dedicated club since its founding in 1912. The 18 hole course can be something of a challenge, however it is reputedly one of the best courses in the region. There is a Pro Shop on site and a Clubhouse with excellent menus for golfers who have worked up an appetite.