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BUNGS Tour 2023 - Suffolk

15th to 18th July 2023

The 2023 tour will take the society to Suffolk, an area we haven’t visited before, to play three of the top six courses in the county (two coastal heathland and one links) with with dinner, bed and breakfast at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel.

As usual, we will split into two teams and play a ‘Ryder Cup’ style match.

Unfortunately the costs of golf and accommodation has rocketed since the Covid pandemic and the quotes were getting from some venues were bordering on ridiculous e.g. one course where we paid £70 on our last visit ten years ago wanted £195 this time! The committee has had to work very hard to find a trip at a reasonable price but inevitably the overall cost of the trip has increased (by 15%) . The single room supplement has increased even more, but we were talking to three different hotels and they all wanted £50+ per night single supplement. We do, however, hope you feel the trip still represents value for money for the all the golf, accommodation and meals on offer.

Download a PDF flyer about this trip.



Travel over to Suffolk for bed and breakfast accommodation at the Thorpeness Golf Hotel.

Further information on The Thorpeness Golf Hotel can be seen further down the page


Breakfast at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel
18 holes of foursomes* matches (1st tee-time 9.30)
Light lunch
18 18 holes of foursomes matches (1st tee-time 2.00)
Three course evening meal at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel

* Due to Aldeburgh being a ‘two ball’ course, the plan is to play foursomes both morning and afternoon on this day. If there is enough interest to ‘upgrade’ this to singles in the afternoon, this could be done but at an extra £40 cost. 

Further information on Aldeburgh Golf Club can be seen further down the page


Breakfast at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel
18 holes of greensomes matches (1st tee-time 9.32)
Light lunch
18 holes of fourball-betterball matches (1st tee-time 2.20)
Three course evening meal at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel

Further information on Thorpeness Golf Club can be seen further down the page


Breakfast at The Thorpeness Golf Hotel
18 holes of singles matches (1st tee-time 10.00)
Two course lunch followed by prize giving

Further information on Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club can be seen further down the page

28-32 places available (maximum of 32)
£460 all golf/food inclusive in a twin room
£610 all golf/food inclusive in a single room (16 available only)

Payment for this trip will be required SIX WEEKS in advance.

Single rooms will be allocated on 'first-come first-served' basis on receipt of a £75 deposit.

By signing up to the trip, you do so under the society terms and conditions regarding place allocations and deposits

There is the option this year to play just 18 holes per day if preferred (if the numbers allow it). If you’re interested in doing this, please confirm when booking. There may be a slight cost reduction (probably only £20), this will be detailed if anyone takes this option.

Please note that handicap certificates may be required and a club may refuse you access to the course without one. If you don’t have a club handicap, you should try to get a certificate from another source (we do have some out-of-date ‘spares’ that could be used - although we cannot guarantee these will be accepted). Most courses we play do insist on handicap certificates, although we’ve never actually been asked to produce these. However, I’m giving you all warning just in case a club decides to be really strict.

Those who have secured places can be seen further down the page.

Thorpeness Golf Hotel
Thorpeness Golf Hotel

The Thorpeness Golf Hotel

Lakeside Avenue, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4NH

Home to one of Sufffolk’s finest golf courses the Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel features a 36 bedroom hotel with an 18 hole championship course. Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast offering modern rooms with picturesque views. All of the spacious rooms feature a private in-room bathroom, a TV, and tea, coffee, and biscuits. Some rooms also offer sofas, French windows, or a patio area with table and chairs. Many also have views of the golf course or gardens. The hotel includes 2 bars serving light meals and a selection of drinks throughout the day. A range of award-winning beers and wines are available.

Aldeburgh Golf Club
Aldeburgh Golf Club

Aldeburgh Golf Club

Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5PE 
3 miles and approx 8 minutes from the hotel

This championship coastal heathland course is rated the best in Suffolk with plenty of challenges lying in wait there at every nook at cranny to test and stretch every part of your game. The course has been improved over the last five years, with the gorse being cut back to ease the driving, particularly for the mid to high handicap golfers. The introduction of tighter green entries and championship tees that make the course longer mean that this course can test any golfer.


Thorpeness Golf Club
Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Lakeside Avenue, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4NH 
Golf course and hotel on the same site - zero travel

Rated the 5th best course in Suffolk and designed by the legendary James Braid in 1922, this is a classic coastal heathland course, less than half a mile from the sea, winding through silverbirch, pine trees, gorse and heather. Whether or not it will prove to be easy on the ego during your visit is entirely up to how well you judge the course, its plentiful array of hazards and difficult holes that it throws up to you. Players of all levels of ability will be excited by the challenge this little gem of a course presents to you, with obstacles ranging from narrow fairways to fast well-protected greens to take on. There are a few doglegs to savour too, so how will you play them? Take the risk and try cutting them, or lay up short for a long difficult approach?


Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club
Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Ferry Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 9RY 
32 miles and approx 46 minutes from the hotel

Established in 1880 and rated 6th best in Suffolk, the stunning views, the challenging course and friendly clubhouse will make your visit one to remember. The seaside links layout features all the typical and traditional characteristics of a links course, and the prevailing sea wind blows strong across the course at times, so be sure to have a good windchart and pay attention to it, otherwise your shots could end up anywhere.


Allocation of places / Terms & Conditions

Those who attended the 2022 Anglesey tour but must have attended a minimum of FOUR additional BUNGS events since the 2021 tour

Those who did not attend this year’s Anglesey tour but have been to at least FOUR events since the 2021 tour

Those who attended this year’s Anglesey tour but did not attend FOUR regular BUNGS events since the 2021 tour

Anyone else wanting to attend

By signing-up to this event, you do so under the society terms and conditions and also agree to abide by the society rules and regulations.

Those currently signed-up for this trip are as follows:

Member Room Allocation
Kevin Armitt Single Room
Steve Barkshire Single Room
Steve Dewey Single Room
Gordon Galloway Single Room
Steve Gibbons Single Room
John Haley Single Room
Bobby Ho Twin Room with Howard Holliday
Howard Holliday Twin Room with Bobby Ho
Karl Hughes Single Room
Mark Johnson Single Room
Steve Lloyd Single Room
Adrian Marchant Twin Room with Jamie Moore
Peter Meaney Single Room
Jamie Moore Twin Room with Adrian Marchant
Kevin Morris Twin Room with Tim Thacker
Darren Penny Single Room
Steven Raji Single Room
Ian Ronson Twin Room with Owen Strudwick
John Stamper Single Room
Owen Strudwick Twin Room with Ian Ronson
Tim Thacker Twin Room with Kevin Morris
Adam Thompson Twin Room with Craig Vale
Graham Thorpe Single Room
Alan Tolley Single Room
Gary Tyler Single Room
Craig Vale Twin Room with Adam Thompson
John Shaw No Accommodation Required
James Shipman No Accommodation Required

Reserve List

1. Leigh Bullock
2. Robert Brown

Current BUNGS tour win percentages

(After the 2021 Dumfries Tour)

Member Tour Win Percentage No of Tours Attended
Hornby, Brian 100.0% 1
Armitt, Kevin 75.0% 4
Tyler, Gary 65.6% 9
Barkshire, Steve 65.0% 6
Holliday, Howard 63.0% 19
Craig Vale 62.9% 12
Dodwell, Martyn 62.7% 21
Lloyd, Steve 62.0% 21
Tolley, Alex 62.0% 5
Thompson, Adam 59.7% 16
Shaw, John 59.2% 21
Moore, Jamie 59.0% 13
Galloway, Gordon 58.6% 14
Morris, Kevin 58.6% 7
Smith, Neil 58.6% 7
Hughes, Karl 57.5% 21
Brown, Robert 56.7% 3
Heard, Alan 55.6% 9
Thacker, Tim 55.1% 19
Latham, Phil 55.0% 12
Marchant, Adrian 53.0% 15
Smith, Andy 51.9% 13
Tolley, Alan 50.6% 17
Shipman, James 50.1% 21
Poultney, Les 50.0% 2
Raji, Steven 50.0% 6
Ronson, Ian 50.0% 2
Strudwick, Owen 50.0% 1
Meaney, Peter 48.9% 9
Haley, John 48.8% 10
Ho, Bobby 48.1% 20
Thorpe, Graham 45.7% 7
Thacker, Jeff 45.5% 11
Harris, Steve 44.5% 11
Sullivan, Gordon 43.9% 19
White, Neil 43.3% 3
Gross, Steve 40.8% 6
Fox, Mike 40.2% 15
Martin,John 40.0% 4
Mullaney, Shaun 38.0% 10
Mansell, John 35.6% 13
Grubb, Dave 34.6% 13
Johnson, Mark 34.0% 10
Jackson, Anthony 30.0% 4
Penny, Darren 30.0% 1
Stamper, John 13.3% 3
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