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We are so pleased to announce that the course, our hotel, Braid's Bar and Ogilvie's Restaurant are all OPEN!

Get those clubs ready for that golfing trip you've been waiting for, the course is looking great and is just missing one thing... you!

On welcoming you back, you can guarantee that all the necessary precautions are in place to ensure your safety and we look forward to seeing you very soon.

On behalf of myself and Jenny Hill, our Director of Operations we’d like to keep you, our loyal guests updated.

Before I continue I hope you, your friends and family are all keeping safe and well during this extremely challenging time? If you or a loved one have been personally affected, our heartfelt thoughts go out to you from everyone at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel.

Golf at Thorpeness is now back on, we're happy to welcome members, their guests, visitors and new members alike. The golf course is looking good, with the sandy ground, the sometimes typical British winter weather is no challenge for our green keeping Folk, who have resumed normal service once more.

If it’s golf coaching you are looking for then our fabulous coaching team can help, coaching is available from our Director of Golf and PGA honorary member, Christine Langford, or Thorpeness PGA Professional Daniel Skriabin, just search 'Thorpeness Pro Shop' on Facebook for some handy tips from them! The Golf Folk at Thorpeness are ready to welcome you back so get planning your society days, overnight stays and fun plays – just let us know if we can help you to enjoy your golfing experience at Thorpeness.

Jenny and her fellow Hotel Folk have been working hard to retain the balance between the Thorpeness experience you have learned to expect, whilst giving you the confidence you need to plan your next visit. Let me take a few minutes to explain some of the changes you can expect to see.   

I’m sure many of you have met David Margas, our hugely experienced and creative Head Chef. David and his fellow culinary Folk have been working through our menus to ensure you can enjoy the full Ogilvie’s experience in the restaurant, out on the terrace, Meare Garden and Braid's Bar, or within the comfort of your own room.

Whilst the quality of our food will remain as tip-top as before, you’ll notice some changes at breakfast, as we move anyway from buffet-style service with every dish prepared to order and delivered to your table until 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to join us for breakfast.

I know many of you will remember Jane and Shirley, our Food and Beverage Managers, and they are continuously working to implement our new safe dining experience to make sure that you feel comfortable and able to relax. The first and most obvious is adherence to the 2 meter social distancing guidelines, ensuring tables are well spaced throughout the restaurant, and of course, if you would prefer to eat in the comfort of your own room, we can arrange that for you also.

We will of course be asking you to look after yourselves a little more than usual, whilst we’re happy to bring your choice of wine or beer to your table, we’ll allow you to pour any bottles of wine for yourself. 

Tracy Bryan, our Front of House Manager, is looking forward to welcoming you all with a friendly smile. You’ll notice a few small changes in reception, we’re kindly asking guests to check in a little later at 3 pm and check out a little earlier at 10 am, simply to allow housekeeping to complete an even more thorough clean of our bedrooms before the next guest arrives.

Keeping with housekeeping, our Housekeeping Supervisor, Elizabeth Hayward, has also been making some subtle changes. Some examples include the earlier check-in and check-out times as referenced above. Daily housekeeping for residents staying more than one night will only be completed by request, we are of course happy to do this for you, we just ask you to arrange this with Tracy at reception. You’ll notice all in-room reading has been removed therefore you’ll receive a more enhanced pre-arrival e-mail on completion of your reservation.

In the public areas of the hotel you’ll notice housekeeping Folk are always on hand to ensure all popular touch-points are regularly sanitised as well as lots of sanitiser stations around the hotel. Your safety and our high standards of cleanliness are of utmost importance to us.

Some of the saddest stories I have been hearing are of friends and family events that have had to be cancelled, our Events Manager can help you get those all-important dates back in the diary. Please contact reservations@thorpeness.co.uk

I do hope this information has put your mind at ease and given you some reassurance as to the steps we are taking to make sure your return is a safe one.

With regards to the golf course, Christine Langford our Director of Golf is always on hand to answer any questions or concerns.

Kindest Regards


David Scott

Chief Executive Officer – The Hotel Folk