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Suffolk Golf Festival returns for second year

Story published at 13:38, Friday, June 5th, 2015


Thorpeness House in the Clouds

Thorpeness House in the Clouds

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel is to host its second annual Festival of Golf over its famous heathland course on the Suffolk Heritage Coast in July.

The inaugural Thorpeness Festival of Golf was launched last year and was the first of its kind ever staged in East Anglia.

The three day festival runs from 29-31 July and is played over a 93-year-old golf course designed by five-time Open Champion James Braid. Thorpeness is rated as one of the finest coastal heathland courses in Southern England.

Golfers entering the Festival will enjoy individual and team competitions, evening entertainment, events and coaching clinics with European Tour coach Bill Ferguson – former coach to Colin Montgomerie – and Thorpeness Golf Club Head Professional Frank Hill.

Last year’s Festival attracted golfers from across the UK as well as entrants from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and East Anglia and the organisers hope to establish it as a popular event on the amateur golf calendar.

Ajay Anthony, general manager at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel, said: “Thorpeness is an ideal destination for a summer golf festival, a quintessential English seaside village with a great golf course surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.

We are offering a range of options to golfers, from great value golf breaks packages for the entire festival to pay and play entries into competitions and social events for golfers local to Suffolk.”

The 36-bedroom golf hotel, part of the TA Hotel Collection of independent Suffolk hotels, is located in the heart of Thorpeness – one of Suffolk’s most popular and quirky seaside holiday villages – famous for its ‘House in the Clouds,’ windmill and Meare boating lake.

“Golfers don’t need to leave British shores this summer in search of quality courses and fine weather, the Suffolk Coast enjoys a special micro-climate with less rainfall and more sunshine per week than any other part of the UK,” added Ajay.

The Thorpeness course winds through pine, gorse, heather and silver birch trees and benefits from firm, sandy fast running fairways. It regularly hosts national amateur events, including the English Seniors Championship and regional and national PGA events, including the PGA Super 60’s tournament.

The 2nd Annual Thorpeness Festival of Golf culminates with a prize giving and gala dinner at the Thorpeness Country Club, a 1920’s style pavilion with a boardwalk, high beamed ceilings, wood panelled floors and sea views.

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel www.thorpeness.co.uk

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