The Country Club, originally known as the Kursaal, is a gabled black clapboard building sitting on top of a sand dune which opened on 25th May 1912 as part of the first phase of Thorpeness village, with the Meare, the centrepiece of this extraordinary village opening the following year. The club remained members-only for much of the 20th century.
Our summer activity programme is much the same as in previous years. It really hasn’t changed much in over 100 years and we rather doubt if there are any comparable institutions that have changed so little from the original concept of their founder.
The tennis tournaments and activities at the Country Club were a huge attraction and were definitely a contributing factor in the early success that Christine Janes nee Truman experienced in her tennis career. The Club has continued to expand and flourish as a tennis venue with the annual LTA Junior Ratings Tournament at Easter, coaching during the school holidays and a thriving ladies section which meets weekly throughout the year.
Today the Country Club hosts a wealth of events, weddings and celebrations and has managed to maintain and continue the unique traditions of Thorpeness throughout the last century where, most importantly, friendships are made that last a lifetime.