The best pay and play golf courses

Is it a birdie, albatross or eagle? You might be mistaken for thinking this article is about falconry or wildlife – in fact we are actually taking a swing at the top pay and play golf courses in East Anglia.

As the weather brightens up and keen golfers dust off their clubs and grab their caddies,

Liz Mattock guides you over green fairways and through the latest Pay and Play courses to tee off successfully and avoid getting stuck in a bunker this spring.

High Lodge Golf
photo courtesy of High Lodge

Suffolk Pay and Play Golf Courses 

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 9RY


Tel: 01394 286834

The golf club at Felixstowe has recently been voted as one of the top 200 golf courses in the UK, offering Pay and Play facilities for non-members on a superb 9-hole course. A day’s golf is priced at £60.

High Lodge Leisure

Haw Wood, Darsham, Suffolk, IP17 3QT

Tel: 01986 784347

High Lodge offers visitors a complete sporting break or simply a relaxing game of golf, including Pay and Play. The course offers 9-holes and is set in beautiful surroundings. The on-site clubhouse offers a bar for refreshments and is available to members and non-members seven days a week

Ufford Park Golf Course

Ufford Park Woodbridge, Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1QW

Tel: 01394 382836

Ufford Park is renowned in the county for its superb course. Featuring an 18-hole course and Suffolk’s only two-storey driving range, the course is available for Pay and Play, five and seven day memberships. Excellent drainage on the course means it can be played year round.

Norfolk Play and Play Golf Courses 

Searles Golf Club

South Beach Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5BB

Tel: 01485 536 010

Set on the South Beach Road, this Pay and Play resort offers 9-holes, on-site refreshments, parking and even a sea breeze. Designed in a links style, the course makes the most of natural features including the winding river and the reed beds.

Searles Golf Course
photo courtesy of Searles website

De Vere Dunston Hall Golf Club

Ipswich Road, Dunston, Norwich, NR14 8PQ

Tel: 01508 470444

Dunston Hall is set in stunning surrounding and boasts a 6,275 yard golf course. The course is open to non-members on a Pay and Play scheme. Prices vary per season, age and length of session. The course is suitable for all standards.

Dunston Hall Hotel Golf Course one of the best pay and play golf courses in East Anglia - image taken at sun rise
image courtesy of Dunston Hall Facebook Page

Golf courses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

Royston Golf Club

Baldock Road, Royston SG8 5BG

Tel: 01763 243476

Women looking to take up a new outdoor activity with friends this spring are being encouraged to try, a new, social coaching experience at Royston Golf Club. has been specially developed for women with an approach focused on learning as a group and by playing the game on the golf course, rather than spending lots of time on a practice range. The all-inclusive programme includes six weekly sessions starting Saturday 30 April.

Love Golf Promotion - title 'desigend specifically for women'
photo courtesy of Love Golfs Facebook Page

Heydon Grange Golf & Country Club

Heydon, Nr Royston, SG8 7NS

Tel: 01763 208988

Heydon Grange is perfect for winter/spring golf as there are no temporary greens here. Situated just a few miles from Cambridge, the club boasts 27 holes and is open to members, societies and Pay and Play visitors. This course offers a more experienced setting, with a choice of three challenging par 72 courses.  Nine holes of golf start from as little as £9 per person.

The Gog Magog Golf Club

Shelford Bottom, Cambridge, CB22 3AB

Tel: 01223 247626

The Gog Magog offers two very distinct golfing experiences. The Old Course which opened in 1901, offering a charming setting for all abilities. The Wandlebury Course, which opened in 1997, is a professional course hosting qualifying tournaments throughout the year. Both are open to non-members on a Pay and Play basis and prices start from £30 day play.

Thorpe Wood Golf Club

Nene Parkway, Peterborough,PE3 6SE

Tel: 01733 267701

Thorpe Wood and Orton Meadows are set in beautiful surroundings offering a course for the more experienced golfer looking for a new challenge or change of scenery. Close to the centre of Peterborough, it’s an ideal location for a relaxing gold break. Both courses, The Granary or the Woodman have breath taking views.

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