British Golf Festival returns to iconic Thorpeness resort

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel is to host its second annual Festival of Golf in the heart of one of Britain’s most iconic and quirky seaside holiday villages.

The inaugural Thorpeness Festival of Golf, the first of its kind ever staged in East Anglia, was launched last year in the Suffolk village best known for a house that floats among the clouds, windmills, mock-Tudor architecture and a manmade boating lake that inspired children’s fairytale story Peter Pan.

Thorpeness golf course

The remarkable ‘House in the Clouds’ at Thorpeness

The three day festival of golf runs from July 29-31 and will be played over the 93-year-old Thorpeness golf course designed by five-time Open Champion James Braid. It 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.”

Festival Golf Break Packages

A range of stay-and-play packages are available for the Thorpeness Golf Festival with prices starting from only £199, with an added option to extend the stay and receive a free round of golf.

Thorpeness Hotel bedroom

Golfer’s accommodation at the 36-bed Thorpeness Hotel

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.

Golf Break Packages – Thorpeness Festival of Golf

Thorpeness Golf Festival Package (Arriving Wednesday 29th July)

From £369pp, the package is inclusive of the ‘Festival of Golf’ (Wed/Thurs/Fri), overnight accommodation on Wednesday 29th July for two nights and breakfast each morning (Thurs/Fri).

Thorpeness Festival Cup Package (Arriving Thursday 30th July) From £199pp, package is inclusive of the ‘Festival of Golf’  (Thurs / Fri), overnight accommodation on Thursday 30th July for one night and full breakfast on Friday morning.

Golfers can extend their stay from only £99pp and stay Tuesday 28th July or Friday 31st July and enjoy a complimentary round of golf. Rate includes dinner, bed and breakfast

To book your place in the Thorpeness Festival of Golf, call the golf shop Pro Shop on 01728 454926, or e-mail:

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