Fairytale setting for Britain’s newest Festival of Golf

Captain and hook are common words at any golf club, but they mean something different here at Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club – the venue for Britain’s newest Festival of Golf.

The third hole at this Suffolk club is yards from Thorpeness Meare, a boating lake which inspired Scottish author J.M Barrie to write iconic children’s story ‘Peter Pan'. Captain Hook is the story’s villain. Together with his band of pirates and a crocodile that swallowed a clock, Hook duels with Peter, a young boy who never grows old, in a fantasy world called Never-Never Land inhabited by Fairies and lost children.

This July, the hook will be an all too common sight at Thorpeness - but on the coastal golf course - not in children’s imaginations or in the pages of a book. The quirky holiday village is hosting the inaugural Thorpeness Golf Festival, East Anglia’s first-ever golf festival from 28th - 31st July, 2014.

Paul Clouting, hotel director at Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club, says: “Thorpeness is an iconic holiday village with famous literary connections and a 'House in the Clouds'. Sometimes, people forget that it’s also home to one of the best golf courses in Southern and Eastern England. The inaugural Thorpeness Festival of Golf is a perfect opportunity to combine a British seaside holiday with golf at a superb course, and evenings packed full of fun and entertainment.”

The festival is taking place across the James Braid designed heathland golf course over four days, including daily competitions, coaching clinics, an exhibition by the World Golf Trick-Shot Champion, Geoff Swain, an evening's entertainment and gala prize giving dinner at the nearby Thorpeness Country Club.

Comfortable and Relaxing Golf Hotel
Golfers keen to play in all four days of the festival can stay at Thorpeness Golf Club’s 36-bedroom hotel – including its James Braid lodge – where you can walk from your bedroom to the first tee in under a minute.

Thorpeness: a Holiday Village with a Fascinating History
James Braid first designed the golf course in 1922 for wealthy Scottish barrister, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, who bought the former fishing hamlet as a private holiday retreat for him and his friends. The course is overlooked by Suffolk’s ‘House in the Clouds’, a water tower on stilts converted into a private residence, and one of the stranger sights to be seen behind an 18th green. The par 70 heathland layout winds through pine, gorse, silver birch trees and heather and is a riot of colour and birdsong during the summer. For those who don’t manage to play their best around the challenging course, they will find the perfect answer in a coaching clinic with Bill Ferguson - the long-time coach of former Ryder Cup Captain and eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie.

Rowing Boat Golf challenge for Charity
Guests at the festival will also have the chance to test their nerve and raise funds for local charity, St Elizabeth’s Hospice, by trying to hit a golf ball into a rowing boat anchored in the shallow waters of the Thorpeness Meare.
The Thorpeness Rowing Boat Chipping Challenge is just one of many fun golfing events planned for the festival.
World Golf Trick-shot champion Geoff Swain will also perform his ‘Golf Unplugged’ show featuring bizarre golfing trick shots – like using giant golf clubs, hitting balls out of mid-air, playing a bizarre form of tennis and cricket with golf clubs – all while entertaining crowds with his own brand of golf humour.

For a golf holiday that combines a stunning coastal location, friendship, camaraderie and great evening entertainment, the Thorpeness Festival of Golf is ideal. You may find yourself feeling years younger, just like a certain Peter Pan!

For more details of golf and hotel packages for the festival or day-only festival tickets, check our fact panel below.

Fact Panel – Thorpeness Festival of Golf
Dates: July 28-31, 2014
    £449pp for guests/visitors
    (Package includes dinner, bed and breakfast, plus entry into all golf competitions and a coaching clinic with Bill Ferguson. This price excludes drinks.)
      £179pp Guests without accommodation
        £79pp Members of Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club

        To book your place in the Thorpeness Festival of Golf, call the golf shop Pro Shop on 01728 454926, or e-mail: proshop@thorpeness.co.uk

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