Golf News for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | Travel

Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail in Southern England opens to tourists

A golf hotel in Suffolk, England, has launched the first-ever Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail combining golf at classic seaside links with old English pubs and a brewery tour and tasting at a 140-year-old brewery specialising in dark, hoppy English ales.

TA Hotel Collection, owners of Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club in Suffolk, has launched a new tourist trail combining real ale tours and classic seaside golf courses in Southern England.

The first-ever Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail will see visitors stay at Thorpeness Golf Club's 36-bedroom golf hotel, play golf at Thorpeness and nearby Aldeburgh golf clubs and visit Adnam's Brewery and Distillery at Southwold or the Green Jack Brewery in Lowestoft.

Grahame Tinnion, managing director of TA Hotel Collection, said: "Golfers are discerning people and the UK is one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe and the World.

It's important to stand out in a busy crowd and we believe that Suffolk is somewhere that should be on the must-play list for golfers worldwide. What better way to achieve this than by talking about two of our greatest assets, our ale and our seaside golf trail?"

Thorpeness Golf Club is already one of Southern England's leading stay-and-play golf break destinations thanks to its 36-bedroom golfer's hotel, James Braid designed 18-hole coastal heathland course and location in the picture-perfect holiday village of Thorpeness; a Suffolk tourist hot-spot.

Golf: Seaside classics without the hefty price tag
Chris Oldrey, PGA Professional and golf operations manager at Thorpeness, said: "Suffolk's seaside courses are a well-kept secret in golfing circles because they are slightly off the beaten track.

They don't carry the hefty price tag of Open Championship courses, or big name trophy links, but share the same beautiful settings, firm sandy turf, gorse and sea breezes that epitomise golf played in its most natural form."

Thorpeness Golf Club, designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid opened in 1922, and is bordered by Suffolk's famous "House in the Clouds" - a water tower converted into a private residence that appears to float in the skyline.

The course also borders Thorpeness Meare, a manmade boating lake with romantic connections to author J.M Barrie and part of the inspiration for his fictional child hero Peter Pan.

The trail then takes golfers to Aldeburgh Golf Club, which dates back to 1884 and is Britain's second oldest heathland golf course with views over the Alde Estuary. .

It is a traditional private member's golf club and one of only a handful of "two-ball" golf courses left in Britain that promote foursomes (where two golfers take alternate shots playing one ball) as the main format for golfers playing the course.

This quicker version of the game leaves golfers with more time free to enjoy the county's ales which are traditionally bitters and milds with a "hoppy" character, made from locally malted wheat and barley.

Suffolk Beer - Real Ale Heaven
According to the Suffolk branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) there are around 800 public bars across the county, of which 700 serve real ale.

Add to this 24 breweries, including its most famous 100-year-old Adnam's in Southwold, 400 village pubs and a claim to Britain's smallest pub, The Nutshell in Bury St Edmund's, and you have the perfect place to enjoy a pint at the 19th hole.

Golfers booking on the Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail enjoy either an exclusive tour of the Green Jack Brewery in Lowestoft or a trip to the Adnam's Copper House Brewery in Southwold.

Green Jack Ales:
- Excelsior Golden Brown
- Orange Wheat beer
- Trawlerboys Best Bitter
- Lurcher Stout
- Ripper - voted Supreme Champion Winter Beer in the UK in 2007
Golfers on the tour will learn about malts, grains and hops and the brewing process, and receive a complimentary pint and hand raised pork pie at Green Jack's Stanford Arms pub afterwards.

Adnam's Ales
Southwold Bitter: coppery, dry and hoppy, a big-selling ale
Broadside: Pale Ale malt, dark ruby red beer that smells like fruitcake
Explorer: light, refreshing and citrusy, with a hint of grapefruit
Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail Package Details

Two nights, two rounds of golf, full English breakfast, evening meal and a choice of brewery tour between the Green Jack Brewery and Adnam's.
Prices start at £228 per person.

For more information and full terms and conditions of the Suffolk Ale and Golf Trail package, visit: http://www.thorpeness.co.uk

For more information about Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club, interview requests or imagery, contact: Matthew Moore, Honeypot Media, at matthew@honeypotmedia.co.uk, or call: 07791 798 185.