Former Town stars open new golf course

TWO former Ipswich Town and Northern Ireland football stars, Bryan Hamilton and Allan Hunter, officially opened the new Bramford Golf Club with nine holes laid out within the rolling land of the Suffolk Water Park.

By Tony Garnett

TWO former Ipswich Town and Northern Ireland football stars, Bryan Hamilton and Allan Hunter, officially opened the new Bramford Golf Club with nine holes laid out within the rolling land of the Suffolk Water Park.

Hamilton, a former Northern Ireland manager, cut the ribbon at the first tee and then played a safe seven-iron down the fairway to a round of applause.

Invited guests took part in an 18-hole Stableford during which players admired the views but also began to realise that the four par-threes and five par-fours presented quite a test for golfers of all standards.


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Hamilton said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to open this beautiful course and delighted for Sarah Wilson that all the hard work has paid off.”

Simon Everitt of Cleveland Golf said: “It is a really good course. I was concerned that this might be a gentle walk around the lakes, but there are some really challenging holes out there.

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The combination of well designed par threes and difficult par fours was great. I was surprised and cannot wait to play it again.”

“It has taken two years of construction but does not give the appearance of being a new course because there are mature trees and vegetation,” said Sarah Wilson who runs the club with husband Roy Woodage.

“First and foremost it is a pretty course. New trees have been planted on a couple of holes to separate the golf course from the nearby fishery.”

PGA qualified teaching professionals Shane Warren and Chris Ashton are established at the venue.

Bramford Golf Club will soon be affiliated to the Suffolk Golf Union.

The holes are named after famous film titles such as First Blood, Braveheart, On Golden Pond, Gone With the Wind and so on.

There is full membership at £399 plus a £25 joining fee. There is also a points system on offer.

Bundles of points can be purchased and used each time the course is played.

Points packages start from £145. This is an option that has been proving popular. The course is now open to members and the general public.

It is, of course, possible to gain a full handicap at Bramford Golf Club where green fees are £16 for 18 holes (£18 a weekends) or £10 (£12 a weekends) for nine holes.

Rounds can be booked by calling 01473 830694.

Internet link: www.suffolkgolfandwaterpark.co.uk

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