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SbN Golf Club celebrates its golden year!

This year the team at Stoke by Nayland Resort (SbN) is excited to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Golf Club.


SbN Resort will be celebrating its golden year with an array of events, activities and offers for the local community, guests, team and members to enjoy. From gala dinners to a family fun day and 70s night, there’ll be something for everyone.


Founded in 1972 by Bill and Devora Peake, and now run by the next-generation family, the business has been impressively developed over the years, complimenting the stunning Constable Country landscape surrounding the Resort. What started as a dream has blossomed into the successful Resort we see today, boasting two spectacular, mature championship golf courses, an 80-bedroom hotel, five contemporary eco-lodges, a fabulous Spa, Technogym and an array of fantastic restaurants, celebrating locally sourced ingredients and suppliers.

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50th Anniversary Memorabilia on sale

To mark the occasion in style, our Golf Team has been busy creating a limited edition memorabilia collection.

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The 50th Anniversary of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club was celebrated in style with a grand dinner for 200 invited guests in the Devora Suite on 10th September 2022.

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Calendar Of Developments at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club/Resort.

  • 1972 - First game played on the Gainsborough course. Chester Jervis is appointed Head Golf Professional until 1982
  • 1973 - Clubhouse opened
  • 1973 Jonathan Loshak, Devora’s son became Managing Director of the Golf Club
  • 1979 - Dining Room and Snooker Room opened
  • 1979 - Constable course created and opened for play
  • 1981 - Two squash courts opened. Pro-shop and Club Office re-located
  • 1982 - Kevin Lovelock took over as Head Professional from Chester Jervis until around 2007
  • 1983 - One squash court closed and roofed-over to provide snooker room downstairs and conference room upstairs. New lounge created in the vacated snooker room
  • 1989 – Both golf Course are included within the new designated Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • 1989 - 1st of three BBC TV Troubleshooter documentaries with Sir John Harvey Jones, about the Peake Family and their Golf Club, Boxford Suffolk Farms and Copella Fruit Juices
  • 1992 – 2nd BBC Troubleshooter programme
  • 1992 - Susanna Rendall, takes over from her brother Jonathan as Managing Director of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club
  • 1993 - Spike Bar extended and new front lobby and office space created
  • 1994 - 20 bay covered Driving Range opened
  • 1996 - Tamara Unwin, Susanna’s sister, joins as PR, Sales and Marketing Director of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club
  • 1996 - Devora awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace for Services to the Fruit and Fruit Juice Industries
  • 1997 - Copella was sold to Tropicana UK. This provided funds to build the Resort
  • 1999 - Final BBC Troubleshooter programme
  • 1999 - Devora Peake died
  • 1999 - The Hotel, Golf & Spa is created…..
  • 1999 - (March) Devora Suite (banqueting rooms) opened
  • 1999 - (Summer) Leisure Centre opened
  • 1999 - (Christmas) Hotel opened with 30 bedrooms
  • 2000 - Manchester Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and other Premiership Football Teams came to stay at Stoke by Nayland Hotel when playing against Ipswich Town FC
  • 2001 - Premiership Football teams returned to SbN - as well as Inter Milan for the UEFA Cup game against ITFC
  • 2004 - Peake Fitness studio and pool expansion
  • 2006 - First European Senior Tour hosted at SbN
  • 2007 - 50 more bedrooms added to make a total of 80 bedrooms
  • 2007 - Pippin shop was created, as well as a new clubhouse, 1st floor Gallery and new golf changing rooms
  • 2007 - Roly Hitchcock took over as Head Professional from Kevin Lovelock
  • 2012 - Five Country Lodges built on the WLA hostel site.
  • 2013 - Green energy supply from the farm and biomass boilers installed to provide all the heat and power required at the Resort. A number of Green awards were won
  • 2014- ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship hosted at SbN
  • 2014 - Hotel lobby expanded and refurbished and lounge refurbished
  • 2016 - Sir Nick Faldo World Series 20th Anniversary golf event hosted
  • 2016 - £250k upgrade for Peake Fitness Technogym
  • 2017 – Gallery restaurant created on 1st Floor
  • 2019 – National Family Business of the Year award
  • 2019 - Golf Simulator Suite installed with state-of-the-art technology for playing famous courses around the world
  • 2020 – Sports Bar undergoes total refurbishment
  • 2021 - Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is rebranded as SbN Resort
  • 2021 – Poolside area refurbishment, new spa treatment rooms and new Jacuzzi décor
  • 2021 - The Lodges are rebranded to Apple Tree Lodges
  • 2021 – Lakes Restaurant refurbishment and new outside covered terrace areas with glass wind shields and retractable roof
  • 2022 – Refurbishment of 26 Deluxe bedrooms and new retractable roof and heaters installed on the Orchard Lounge Terrace
  • 2022 - Planning permissions granted for additional 18 hole and 9 hole golf courses
  • 2022 - Matt Manning appointed Managing Director of SbN Resort

Stoke by Nayland Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary since its original Golf Club beginnings…

  • Stoke by Nayland Golf Club is created

    In the early 1970s entrepreneur farmers, Bill and Devora Peake, saw an opportunity to transform some of their picturesque, undulating arable land into golf courses as there was a shortage of golf clubs in the region.  So they persuaded their bank to support them with the initial costs and were possibly the first farmers in the country to diversify from farming into golf.

  • Copella Fruit Juices and Boxford Farm

    Bill and Devora, who were both by now in their 50s, had also diversified from fruit growing into fruit juice production and created the Copella apple juice brand in in their farmhouse kitchen in 1969.  Their daughters Susanna and Tamara and husbands Stephen and Roger also joined them in the business.

  • The Golf Club's early years

    The new Stoke by Nayland Golf Club building and 18 hole championship Gainsborough course were completed in 1972.  Bill and Devora initially interviewed prospective members in their farmhouse sitting room, and then in a caravan in the new Golf Club car park, until the clubhouse had been completed.  Very quickly the membership filled up and the Peakes decided to build a second championship course in 1978 which they named the Constable course after another famous local artist.

  • The golden years - focus on Golf

    Over the next 27 years, Stoke by Nayland Golf Club became known as one of the finest in East Anglia.  Devora’s son, Jonathan Loshak, returned home from the USA to manage the Golf Club from 1974 until the early 1990s.  Sadly Bill Peake died in 1979 just after completing the Constable Course.

  • Time for expansion and change

    Susanna Rendall, Jonathan’s sister, took over as Managing Director of the Golf Club in 1994 and their sister Tamara Unwin also joined a couple of years later as Sales and Marketing Director.  Then in 1999, after the family sold Copella Fruit Juices, the expansion programme and transformation to a Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort began.

  • From Golf Club to award-winning hotel, golf, spa and lodge facilities

    The new facilities eventually included an 80-bedroom hotel, conference and banqueting suites, spa and fitness complex, additional bars and dining areas and a golf driving range. The creation of five beautiful, self-catering, eco-lodges expanded our accommodation offering in 2012.

  • Famous faces at SbN

    Over the years we’ve welcomed many famous faces to Stoke by Nayland from the worlds of golf, football and beyond.

  • SbN plays host to international golf events

    Stoke by Nayland has hosted a range of prestigious, International televised golf events which have included the European Seniors Tour, European Challenge Tour, Sir Nick Faldo’s World Challenge, the EuroPro Tour and WPGA Access Series.

  • A big thank you

    None of this would have been possible without the invaluable support of our wonderful team, members and guests and our heartfelt thanks go out to all of them.

  • Looking forward to the next 50 years

    SbN Resort has become a sought-after destination for golf breaks, spa & leisure breaks, excellent dining, weddings, celebrations and self-catered lodge escapes.  There is something for everyone at SbN, and with plans for even more facilities already on the horizon, we are really excited about the next 50 years…

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