6 reviews of Hintlesham Golf Club
Hintlesham is what it is. Not a course for the connoisseur (go for Purdis or Woodbridge) but it's a reasonable if not spectacular affair. Not exactly a course to engage all the senses, being something of an indulgent modern affair with water used to impress the easily impressed, it is nonetheless perfectly playable, has some reasonable holes and, for a parkland subsoil, drains fairly well. Worth £20 if better courses aren't an option.
Hintlesham was a refreshing and very positive experience after finding the welcome at Ipswich GC less than friendly. Adjoining a hotel and about 5 miles outside of Ipswich the course was remarkably dry and firm despite a wet summer and rain in the morning. Paid a twilight rate of £20 which I felt was a bargain. Course is an open parkland style layout with some good ups and downs but relatively short being around 6000 yrds off the yellows. After playing 6400 yrds at my club it did feel much easier, aided by wide fairways and run offs and relatively short rough. The par 5's were pretty easy if you got a good drive away, and even to reach the green in three should be possible. As a high handicapper (21), I posted 5 under my handicap so felt flattered by the course.
Greens were in good condition - very firm and true. Par 3's were tricky - quite long and difficult to get on the green in one. Extensive bunkering did require a bit of thinking, but this course felt like a big hitter would eat it up, because wayward shots were hardly punished. Plenty of right curving fairways kept the sliced shot in play.
A big club house with spa and nice changing rooms. All in recommended.
I played this lovely course this weekend and it is a significant improvement from the first time that I played it with my partner in February 2007, although it was good then!
Since the new owners took charge early last year, the greens, fairways and bunkers have all had attention, as has the clubhouse with a large, wooden-decked patio area added.
Despite recent heavy rain, thanks to the good drainage, the course played very well indeed.
It is a well designed layout with some very interesting holes. Also, the bunker placement can catch out the unwary as, especially around the greens, it isn't always as simple it seems.
All the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the clubhouse and food a delight. In addition, as is not the case with every club, the members are friendly and welcoming too.
I would recommend this club to anybody that is looking for a good days golf in pleasent surroundings and friendly atmosphere.
I played this course last Friday following such wet weather that a lot of courses in East anglia have been closed. It was fully open (no temporary greens or the dreaded mats) and remarkably dry.
We had a lovely day and all of us (8 with a range of handicaps) thouroughly enjoyed the course.
The holes are well designed and the greens very well protacted by bunkers and, the last two, lakes.
All in all a very good test of golf.
The 'icing on the cake' is that the changing facilities are first class, and the food is excellent. Coupled with this, the staff and management are very friendly.
Arrived on the off chance of getting a tee slot and the welcome could not have been warmer, such a change from the stuffy impression one gains as a casual visitor of too many clubs.
The greens were impressively quick and true for the time of year (January) and despite heavy rain the previous night the course was remarkably dry.
We were given a choice of tee (unusual) and decided to play the full 6368 yards, horay, not a dreaded temporary tee mat in sight.
Highlight was the 4th hole, a real stunner 219 yard par 3 over water with the green guarded by mature trees and develishy placed bunkers.
Remarkably undulating for Suffolk the course had very good definition for winter and we enjoyed pleasant views with the added bonus of listening to and watching woodpeckers going about their daily business!
The course has matured considerably since we last played here 8 years ago and we paid £27 for a winter special which included 18 holes of golf followed by a fine bangers and mash & crumble. Great value for money. Only one minor quibble, they could do with a bit more internal course signage to help those not familiar with the layout.
Reasonable test of golf, did not play very long, but maybe shortened in hot weather as it looked like the ground would dry and provide roll. Several 'blind' shots - not very appealing but still only lost one ball. Rough very long and likely to lose a ball rather than just a stroke, greens mainly ver good, a couple of them have animal scrapes in and that spoils the overall effect. Played with a 2 4 1 voucher and was happy to pay that, don't know about that money for 1 player though.
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