The course at Bury Saint Edmunds Golf Club was created in 1924. The golf course’s original design was by the first British Ryder Cup team captain Ted Ray, winner of an Open and a US Open. It measured 6,087 yards, which was regarded as long for a non-links course.
The 18-hole course at Bury St Edmunds is regarded as one of the finest of its type – mature, rolling parkland – in Suffolk, with a stunning setting that includes magnificent native woodland and glimpses of a variety of wildlife. No water, but the trees and 69 strategically-placed bunkers help to concentrate the mind and if the wind blows the holes’ frequent changes of direction add to the challenge.
The par 72 course plays 6,676 yards off the white tees, making it one of the longest in the county, but the walking is easy enough. From the first (trees tight to the left, out-of-bounds on the right, bunkers in the middle) to the eighteenth (trees both sides, a green better-guarded than Fort Knox) the 18-hole course can present a daunting challenge. Each hole has its own personality, but none of them is dull.
Bury Saint Edmunds Golf Club also has a 9-hole course withs the same high quality. The course is a popular Pay-&-Play facility used by many in mid-Suffolk to learn and hone their game before taking the next leap.