Ipswich Golf Club

A rare Hawtree & Taylor heathland in Suffolk - it is a rare breed!

Ipswich Golf Club

Suffolk, England

Overview

Ipswich Golf Club has seen significant improvement with the recent remodeling of all the bunkers.

If you didn't know better, you couldn't be convinced you were anywhere other than Surrey or Berkshire.

Suffolk is underrated as a golf destination. From London, the A10 can be a nightmare to navigate. Once there, however, you have Purdis Heath, Aldeburgh, and Woodbridge. Ipswich Golf Club is probably the best of the bunch but less known than Aldeburgh, whilst Woodbridge is the dark horse.


Golf Course Review

Ipswich Golf Club is a stunning heathland golf course in Ipswich, Suffolk in the East of England. The town sits on the River Orwell and has a rich maritime history. The course, also known as Purdis Heath, is an England Club Championship venue.

Hawtree & Taylor or James Braid?

Ipswich Golf Club was founded in 1895 when it played over a 9 hole course on Rushmere Heath. It was in 1926 that the course was moved to Purdis Heath and it was presumed James Braid was called upon to lay out 18 holes. Of interest, there was an advert and centerfold photo proclaiming the course as designed and built by Fred Hawtree & JH Taylor. In any event, Ipswich Golf Club's new course was opened on June 16, 1928, with a match between James Braid, JH Taylor, Abe Mitchell, and Henry Cotton.

Purdis Heath Golf Club

Ipswich Golf Club & Ransomes Jacobsen

The club was founded by turf care giant James Edward Ransome. The founding chairman and captain he was also the driving force behind the first petrol-powered lawnmower and agricultural tractor. Today, the company is a worldwide empire known as Ransomes Jacobsen which continues to supply the golf industry.

Colourised portrait of James Braid.Evalu18

Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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Architects

  • James Braid
  • Hawtree & JH Taylor Ltd
  • Taylor, JH
  • Hawtree, Fred

Consultant

  • Westonborg, Marc

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Contact Details

Suffolk, IP3 8UQ, England

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Colourised portrait of James Braid.Evalu18

Featured Architect: James Braid

James Braid moved very little earth due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features are present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of the approach. Alternative tees are provided to allow play in all conditions. Bunkering...

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