Golf courses in Suffolk

Suffolk is a low-lying county in the East of England. It borders Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. 


Its eastern border is on the coastline of the North Sea, known as the The Suffolk Coast and Heaths, it’s been recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 


The county is built on a mixture of heavy clays and light sands. This makes great soil for agriculture to grow crops such as wheat, barley, oilseed rape, rye and oats which are the main export of the county.


The west of the county is built on chalk, more associated with the downland landscapes that stretch across Dorset and Dover. 


In golfing terms that means you’re left with a diverse terrain which enables an array of different types of golf courses, all set in the marvellous Suffolk countryside. In total there are 32 golf courses in Suffolk.


Aldeburgh is arguably the best golf club in the county. It features two golf courses, the 18 hole Championship Course and the 9 hole River Course. The Championship is a maritime heathland course, in fact, it’s the second oldest in the country, opening in 1884.


Although a heathland, it has a links feel which is an excellent mix. Coupled with sensational views of the Suffolk marshes and coastline, it’s a tranquil place that makes for the perfect round of golf. 


Ipswich, alongside being the county town, is the home of another one of the top golf courses in the area, Ipswich Golf Club. The club also has a 18 hole Purdis Heath course and 9 hole Bixley Course.


The Purdis Heath consistently ranks in the top 100 golf courses in England. Another heathland haven, the course offers a peaceful escape from Ipswich town centre which is just a couple of miles away. Although the history of the club goes back over 125 years, it’s current layout was designed by James Braid in 1928, often described as one of the most underrated courses in the country. 


You can check out all of the golf courses in Suffolk below.