Ipswich Golf Club

A proper James Braid heathland in Suffolk - it is a rare breed!

Ipswich Golf Club

Suffolk, England

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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.

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 in Golf Illustrated proclaiming the course as designed and built by Hawtree & 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.

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.

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.

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Architects

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

Consultant

  • Westonborg, Marc

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Suffolk, IP3 8UQ, England

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