Thorpeness reigns supreme in East Anglia


Thorpeness in Suffolk is a true all-year rounder as Today’s Golfer discovered at the end of another rain-soddened week.

The fast-draining James Braid heathland coastal layout was not only open but in remarkably good condition despite the latest downpours. No wonder the course was busy with golfers flocking from neighbouring counties in order to stay on course during this wettest of winters.

Thorpeness (pictured), it seems, is winter-proof: the combination of a micro-climate in which it sits and sandy soil conditions make it an excellent winter course – it has only closed for around eight days in the last five years!

The area benefits from one of the lowest rainfall rates in the UK - Suffolk’s annual rainfall is generally as little as one fifth of that in the West Country and only half that of the South Coast. The county has an excellent sunshine record when compared to the rest of the UK enjoying around two hours more sunshine per week than the national average.

Indeed in 2009 Suffolk was the driest part of the UK with a mere 22.5mm of rain in August.

So if you’re looking for a guaranteed game and to warm up for the new season in style head for this corner of East Anglia and Thorpeness in particular. We did and not only had a round to remember, but incredibly came off the course without a splash of mud in sight!

The course is one of the stars of the popular 2-FORE!-1 Golf scheme and also boasts an on-site hotel offering excellent accommodation and dining options. You can check out the latest offers at

One of the most popular stay and play breaks is the Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail package which includes two nights’ B&B and two rounds of golf, evening meal and a choice of brewery tour between the Green Jack Brewery and Adnams.

Prices start at £228 per person.