78 Aldeburgh

Architect: Thompson, Fernie
Stats: 6,378 yds, par 68, SSS 71
GF: £45-£75
Visitor information: Visitors welcome seven days a week, Tuesday afternoons only
W: aldeburghgolfclub.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 84 (Up 6)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: New bunkers on holes: 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16. New tees on 9 and 12 and 13th enlarged
Clubhouse: Gents locker room extensive refurbishment and ladies locker rooms (showers and loos refurbished) in 2010

Off the back tees, this eyecatching and very pretty challenge involves no fewer than 12 par 4s in excess of 400 yards… and no par 5s. Add to its defence the gorse, heather, bracken, streams and gullies and you have a most demanding test, which is at the same time both a joy and an absolute delight to play.

Panellists’ comments: “Fantastic turf for golf”; “Twoballs only, so it’s almost impossible for a round to take more than three hours”

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