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The Championship Course


The Championship Course is the product of distinguished golf architects. The foundations were laid by Willie Park Jnr with great grassbanked bunkers by J.H.Taylor. In the 1920s Harry Colt and his partner, Hugh Alison, altered the layout of the course and built four new greens.

The Course has, over the last five years, been the subject of further improvement supervised by Ken Moodie and Ken Brown. The threat of the gorse has been reduced to some extent which has eased the driving but the entries to many of the greens have been tightened with the introduction of new bunkers and swales. This has resulted in a better balance to a course which had become too much a test of straight driving for many middle and high handicap golfers. New Championship tees have been built which has lengthened the course to 6,603 yards. From these tees the course is a great test for any golfer. The gorse in flower remains a memorable sight and the views of the River Alde are beautiful at any time of year.

The course is kept in fine condition by Mark Broughton and his team. They have steadily improved the playing surfaces until they are now among the best in the country. There have been no preferred lies at Aldeburgh for many years. The course plays as well in the winter as it does in summer. The fescue and bent grasses in the greens produces true, fast surfaces which make putting a pleasure throughout the year.

The course is rarely closed. On many occasions it is one of very few courses open following heavy rain or frost. Through most of the winter a round can be played without the need to clean one's golf shoes. The course enjoys a micro climate which often sees the rain clouds turn inland, parallel to the coast, leaving Aldeburgh dry and sunlit.

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