Discover resort’s hidden gem

IT shames me to admit that after nearly 30 years living in Felixstowe, I have only just enjoyed one of its nicest attractions.

The putting green in Bath Road is truly a hidden gem – tucked away behind a high hedge, probably many people don’t even know it’s there.

Indeed, my neighbour was not aware when he stopped to give us a lift as we walked home. He is now planning to take his young son to play.

The 18-hole green – in the grounds of Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club – has been there years.

I remember one of our Evening Star Felixstowe ad reps called Nick Coates, from up north, who used to nip off to have many a lunch-time round of putting, trying to beat his best score – always encouraging me to join in but I never had time.

(He used to sing Meet Me in St Louis loudly in the office and endearingly used to pronounce Harwich, Har-witch.)

Despite being quite flat, the putting green is a delightful challenge – several deceptive changes in contours and different lengths, and some nasty boundary holes where the ball is likely to disappear into the trees if struck too firmly.

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Family Cornwell have played twice this summer, popping our �2 each into the honesty box, and not seen another player.

We all bettered our scores on our second visit – eldest son Matthew and I both getting round in 49 – and even grandma Shirley, my mother, joined us with a respectable 67 after an uncertain start and I think she may be hooked, having never putted before.

It’s a real pleasure to play – go and take a look.