Where is Purdis Heath?

A few minutes outside of Ipswich Town Centre. You wouldn’t expect to find a classic James Braid heathland course as you navigate your way round the eastern outskirts of the town after coming off the A14 but after turning up the driveway it’s like entering into a new world.

Reason for going

An annual golf match against some colleagues from the golf industry. The east coast is often chosen as it is usually dry at the start of the season. And only top-quality courses are on the agenda.

What to expect

A mixture of tight and generous fairways, a couple of drivable par-4s and some lovely par-3s. Bouncy turf, lots of elevation changes and tricky greens. It’s varied and fun test.
When I go back I’ll try and take advantage of the shorter par-4s by being brave with the driver” Watch out for: Theres a few blind tee shots, the 5th in particular requires a fade for a right hander to open up the green, anything too long and straight or left will just need bunting back into play from the trees.


The opposite is true of 16 where a driver will have to be drawn around the slight dog-leg if you want to leave a short approach. There’s also a blind approach to the par-4, 4th where the green is guarded by a large tree to the left. It’s a case of hit and hope on the first visit. If you’re going to miss then make sure it’s short and right of the green.

My best bit

Walking up the fairways of the tree-lined last two holes with the setting sun creating a picture-perfect finish.

When I go back…

I’ll take advantage of the shorter par-4s by being brave with the driver.