9 reviews of Ipswich Golf Club
Working in the area for a few months gave me the opportunity to play this quality hheathland layout. It's a superb, classic James Braid design and well worth a visit if in the area. Perhaps, just perhaps, it lacks a little variety but that's really just very picky. The club secretary and the members that I met couldn't have been more accommodating of a single golfer looking for a few hours of golf whilst away from home. Also, had a quick game on the nine hole short course which is a real little gem. Ipswich Golf Club comes highly recommended.
played end of march 09, really enjoyed the course, some great holes and very challenging, condition also good for time of year. made very welcome, in fact a group of about 20 members allowed our group to tee off in front of them saving us a good hours wait, certainly not your typical grumpy old members club, well done gc ipswich , the austrians will be back.
Played here midweek October 08 ( twighlight round £25 after 3.30 ).
Nice course .Starts & finishes as pleasant parkland but the course comes into it's own between holes six to thirteen which are more akin to somewhere like Swinley Forest.Favourite holes were 9 & 12.
Course condition was just reasonable ,but may have been just the day we played it.Difficult to give an assessment on the greens as they hadn't quite recovered from being sanded, so were a bit slow.
Nice set of par 3's . Had to show handicap certificates, which was highly unusual.
Read the reports and tried to play but over the phone got a decidely cool reception. On a wet mid week afternoon you would have thought that passing trade would have been snapped up. However the insitance on a handicap certificate appears to be a must at Ipswich. My club issues these only on demand since it is now electronic. The offer of a quick call to my club to verify was turned down. Pity.
It's surprising that this course is not better known. I played 36 holes yesterday and found it delightful and testing.
The weather was fine and dry but breezy. The holes were in a variety of directions, with the wind from all directions, and with holes favouring a fade or a draw in equal measure. The Par 3's were tricky and the greens excellent.
It is easy to lose balls, and course knowledge is an advantage.
The staff in the clubhouse were charming and helpful.
We played Purdis Heath last Friday morning as a small society of 20, preceded by an excellent full English breakfast at the club that we had prebooked. We were welcomed by the Secretary on arrival and were off on time on a really beautiful course that was equally well manicured. Each hole is completely different and, as has been said elsewhere, very similar to the classic heathland courses of Surrey. A marvellous experience and not to be missed.
I have been fortunate to have played Purdis Heath just the once. I enjoyed the course so much I requested if there were country memberships available.
The course offers all things to all golfers and combines these with an attention to detail which I have never seen outside of the likes of Wentworth, Woburn etc.
If I was lucky enough to live in the vicinity I would seel my soul to play this course on a daily basis.
Truly in my eyes one of Britains hidden gems
Played this course many times - despite not being a local - at all times of the year.
First, the bad bits:
Agree with previous comments concerning abundance of dogs and walkers. Although dog walkers generally give golfers the right of way you can get the odd ignorant bugger (makes lining up your drive easier however ...)
Club apparently spent a fortune recently redesigning bunkers and trying to control the rabbit population - has failed in both cases in my opinion as the bunkers are still unsatisfactory overall (placement and quality) and droppings and scrapes suggest that rabbits are still doing what rabbits do best
Bum-clenchingly expensive green fees, given the above comments in particular
Now the positive bits:
Fairways are nearly always in good condition, even if they can get a bit 'narrow' in summer months as the rough is allowed to develop and encroach.
Likewise, greens are usually playable throughout the year.
I would hazard a guess that the average member is a retired, local, semi-blue collar worker, which doesn't result in a particularly dynamic atmosphere but does mean that rules are observed without being over-observed and you are always assured of an un-pretentious reception.
Hardly any duff holes - most have an interesting element whether it be length, width, natural obstacles or terrain.
Finally, it is SUPPOSED to be a heathland course. It isn't trying to be a resort course, so dismissing it because it has gorse, rabbit scrapings and - yes - even the occasional rambler really misses the point. Without wanting to get too deep and mystical, I imagine this is what many golf courses were like before the homogenised cookie-cutter layouts became the norm for new courses. This course has history, is 'in' the environment rather than 'on' it and is the better for it. Take lots of balls however because that blasted gorse if unpenetrable in places!
Conclusion: a decent test of any grade of player and worth experiencing if in the area. Those who prefer a more manicured and private location - or are on a budget - should probably avoid
I had the good fortune to play this course on 29/6/03 and what a fantastic place unfortunately I had to leave shortly after the round so can't comment on the clubhouse etc but if it is anything like the course it would be the icing on a large cake. The holes are well set out and offer everything to all standards of golfer the fairways are fantastic and the greens are even better, if I could afford the house prices in Suffolk I would move in an instant just to play this course it is that good.
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