Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Felixstowe, East of England, England, IP11 9RY

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14 reviews of Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Played the Martello course at Felixstowe Ferry for a twilight green fee. Played in benign conditions with the wind only getting up for the last few holes.

Probably the flattest links I have played, with only the 12th and 18th holes having any sort of gradient. I was surprised of the lushness of the fairways even for early June, but the turf was very good. The greens were also excellent.

The best holes are to be found on the back nine; especially the run from the 13th to the 17th. Holes 5 to 8 have a burn in play at various locations and the 10th has a pond on the left of most of the fairway.

Overall a good and fair course, but not one that I would rush to return to. Admittedly I played it in light winds, and I would imagine that it is much more challenging in a moderate to strong wind as it is very exposed. 7/10

Posted by Peter Frost on 05/06/2015
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Very nice course with Fairways and Greens in excellent condition. On the day I played it was very warm but with a refeshing breeze. I would imagine the course to be more challenging on a windy day.
Everyone at the club made me feel welcome and it was a really enjoyable day out.
The Sunday Lunch in the club house was first class

Posted by John Wells on 21/05/2008
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Played here January 08 (£25 including a breakfast on arrival).
This course has grown on me since i played it.Part links/part parkland ,there was an overall good feel to it .There's a small road running through the course which divides the hole types .The 9 holes to the right towards the sea are links & holes to the left are more parkland in nature.You play 3 links holes then move to the parkland holes before finishing with the 6 links ones.Although you're close to the sea unfortunately you can't actually see it much.
If i was being ultra critical i'd say there are a few too many parkland type holes here as they're a bit bland in comparison to the links holes which are excellent.If the majority of holes here were of the same ilk as the existing links holes it would be top drawer.
The 1st is a great opener from an elevated tee with views across the whole course & straight off the bat you start to get positive vibes about what's laying ahead .There's a good mix of short & long par 4's here .The links holes feel very natural & are good fun.The parkland holes have a brook running through them & some of them feel a bit restrictive as you can have this brook one side with o.o.b. down the other.
The course was very well maintained & the greens were excellent & about the best i've seen this winter.Also the greens were cleverly contoured & interesting to putt on.17 is almost V shaped.
The breakfast we got when we arrived was superb.
The clubhouse is situated at the highest point of the course but strangely doesn't make the most of it's ideal positioning as it has it's 'back' to the sea & the main lounge window looks out sideways to some bushes.Whoever designed this missed a massive trick here as the main lounge could have been high up with panoramic views looking over the course & sea.
Overall a course that's worth playing.
Kevin B.

Posted by Kevin . on 12/02/2008
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I played this course with my partner on a very windy day in late September - bracing is the word to describe it!
Although we were visitors, and intended to use our 'Inter County Cards', as several of the greens were being tined and dressed, the professional offered us the reduced rates anyway - very reasonable of him. The full green fees are good value before any discount though.
As visitors, we were not supposed to be able to tee off until after 9 am, which is fair enough. However, the members 4-ball that was waiting on the tee called us to tee off in front of them as "we welcome visitors and don't want to spoil their day". We appreciated this courtesy - nice people!
Then the fun started. The course is a good test of golf and very fair. Possibly as a result of the age of the club (1880) and it's position on the east coast, the course doesn't have any 'silly long' holes. Off the yellows, the longest is 500 yards. We played this one (the 8th?) with a following wind - driver, 3 iron, putter. It would be very different on another day.
All of the holes were interesting, especially the 12th, a par 3 where you tee off over the road that splits the course towards a smallish green surrounded by the clubhouse, pro-shop and the car park.
The severity of this course is very dependent on the wind, both in terms of strength and direction, but even on a calm day it would be a good test. I'm reliably informed that these are a rarity though.
Unfortunately, we did not have time to stop in the clubhouse for lunch, so my 'facilities rating' is in respect of the changing room only.
Lovely course, will definately visit again, but those that prefer 'target golf' might not agree.

Posted by Alan Cooke on 27/12/2007
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Played Felixstowe over the last 5 days. Every day the course is different depending upon the wind. For 2 days the pins were in very testing positions and a real challenge. A great course in excellant condition.
Without doubt the friendlist club I have stayed at, from the members to the staff who were first class.

Posted by david cook on 25/05/2007
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Played the 9 hole...brilliant!!!

Posted by J Tutton on 25/10/2006
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I went with a Society to Felixstowe Ferry 13th July 2005. Very Fortunate, as there was little wind and I guess it played as easy as one is likely to find it. This is a little gem. The course is tough but fair and makes you think. Some of the greens were treated during the day but they were reasonably true and pretty quick. (Dribble in the short ones or you will "lip-out"!)
However, in the clubhouse they excelled. This is the most welcoming golf club I have ever visited, in any part of the world. The food was very good and more than ample! The staff were polite and nothing was too much trouble. A real interest shown in the visitor's day.
I would play there again like a shot! Mind you, if the wind blows, you could see how it might wreck your day.
In places, the fairways are puposely kept unkempt, if you see what I mean. It all adds to the charm of the place.
A great day out for golfers of all standards!
P.S. The club offered a discount because of the greens - without any prompting. What a refreshing change to find a club, steeped in history, that wishes to show itself off, instead of shunning others!

Posted by Richard Perry on 14/07/2005
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I took a society to Felixstowe Ferry on 24/6/05 and was made very welcome by all that worked there. It is a pity that present and former members do not realise the importance of societies visiting these courses in as much that they keep the green fees down to an acceptable level for the members. Overall a very enjoyable day both on and off the course.

Posted by Graham Bond on 05/07/2005
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myself and friend played this course on 28/9/04 and found it to be a very enjoyable experience despite a couple of greens being cored/dressed the course was in excellent conditions. was certainly able to determine fairways from rough as all is laid out in front of you. would certainly recommend anybody to play this given the opportunity. incidentally i DONT like playing links courses!!!

Posted by Pete Bullen on 04/10/2004
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played at this course on 28/9/2004 and found it to be a very fair and challenging test of golf. made very welcome by the staff, was certainly able to see where fairways ended and rough began and the course was in excellent condition. would certainly recommend this course to be played if in the area.

Posted by Pete Bullen on 03/10/2004
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played in a society and was made more than welcome so disregard the previous comments the club is very friendly. challenging course made a lot more difficult with the wind some of the holes are very links type on the back nine so straight is more important than distance. Basically one of the best courses in the area,well worth a visit for the course, food and welcome.

Posted by James T on 05/08/2003
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I played the 9 hole course in January and found it one of the most challenging I have played. Many well placed water hazards and bunkers. The Course is busy at weekends, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Posted by David Redstall on 15/03/2000
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i played this course last year and found it a good challenge.a group of us stayed in the flat and had a very enjoyable weekend.very good value for money.you get the odd member that resents your presence.

Posted by colin Bowles on 16/07/1999
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As an ex-member of this club, i would recommend it to anyone. It is a large club with a friendly atmosphere and the recently completed 9 hole pay and play is wonderful. Pity about the societies.

Posted by Hannah Bailey-Thomas on 02/06/1999
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