The Ipswich Pentahotel, Ipswich
The Ipswich Pentahotel positively pushes the boundaries of a modern style hotel. A 126-room hotel, located on three floors, the hotel is ultra-modern, and yet blends in perfectly with the local surroundings and the historical highlights of the area. The hotel is also a stroll away from the bars and restaurants of the award-winning Waterfront Marina.
Ipswich Golf Club
Ipswich Golf Club was founded in 1895 on common land at nearby Rushmere Heath. It was not until 31 years later that legendary golf course architect James Braid designed the course at its present site at Purdis Heath. The official opening of the course took place on Saturday 16th June 1928 with an exhibition match between Braid himself, fellow founder member of the PGA, J.H Taylor, Abe Mitchell and a talented young golfer by the name of Henry Cotton, who went on to win three Open Championships. A large gallery of spectators gathered to watch the event, including a Daily Telegraph reporter who was struck by ‘this beautiful heath and heathery course.’ The original site of Ipswich Golf Club remains and is now occupied by Rushmere Golf Club and the two remain friendly rivals, reflected in an annual contest for the Queensland Cup, affectionately dubbed ‘The Friendship Cup.’ The course remains one of the finest heathland courses in the UK and is an absolute delight to play.
Aldeburgh Golf Club
The Championship Course at Aldeburgh is ranked 31st in England by Golf World, and is built on maritime heathland, which is characterised by gorse-lined fairways and far reaching views of the River Alde and the North Sea. Fast-draining, sandy soil ensures that it plays well throughout the year. The Championship Course measures 6,603 yards, but with no par fives on the men’s card, is a substantial challenge for even the best golfer. Every hole presents an examination in shot-making and accuracy; a stroke given away to the course is difficult to recover. It is also a beautiful place to play golf. The views of the River Alde and glimpses of the North Sea, grey one day, blue another, are enough to raise the spirits even when the score is not quite up to expectation. The Ladies, however, do have a number of par fives on their card and the appeal of the course is evident from the number of occasions on which the English Ladies have held their Championship at Aldeburgh. Mickey Walker OBE, one of the most distinguished English lady golfers, regards Aldeburgh as one of her favourite courses, a great compliment from someone who has played golf all over the world.
Thorpeness Golf Club
Thorpeness Golf Club is regarded as one of the best golf courses in Suffolk. Throughout the Club’s history, the 6,311-yard par 70, James Braid course, has attracted major amateur and professional events, including The English Seniors Championship and the PGA Super 60’s Tournament, which regularly features former Ryder Cup players and European Tour stars. Thorpeness has been described by the Sunday Telegraph Golfing Guide as “Reminiscent of the inland glories of Sunningdale and Woodhall Spa”. Thorpeness belongs to a unique group of worldwide golf courses identified by a single special landmark, Turnberry and Harbour Town Links have their lighthouses and St Andrews has its Swilken Bridge; Thorpeness has the ‘House in the Clouds,’ a curious and dramatic spectator which watches over the fairways.
Sunday 6th September:
– Check in to the Ipswich Pentahotel, Ipswich
– Meet with Barney in the Hotel Bar for an introduction and welcome
– Dinner at the hotel
Monday 7th September:
– 18 holes Ipswich Golf Club
Tuesday 8th September:
– 18 holes Aldeburgh Golf Club
– Dinner at the hotel
Wednesday 9th September:
– Check out of the hotel
– 18 holes Thorpeness Golf Club
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Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.
Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.
David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.
Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.
The second of our UK tours for the 2020 season takes us to Suffolk. We will play three of the finest courses in the area, Ipswich Golf Club (Purdis Heath), Aldeburgh Golf Club and Thorpeness Golf Club. The three courses provide distinct variety, with Ipswich and Thorpeness being top quality heathland courses and Aldeburgh a classic links course. The accommodation for the tour is the conveniently located Pentahotel in Ipswich, where we will dine on two of the evenings, with a local restaurant to be arranged on the Tuesday evening. As ever with our tours, the experience is as much about playing super courses as it is playing with like-minded golfers and enjoying the social camaraderie of the tour.