North Norfolk is home to many fine golf courses, three of which sit in the countries top 100.
Sheringham Golf Club
Sheringham Golf Club (77th) sits high on the clifftops on an undulating thin strip of land, between the North Sea cliff edge and the North Norfolk railway. Steam trains and vintage diesels occasionally rattle past the course which is situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sheringham is not classed as a links course, however few seaside courses offer as spectacular a view as the elevated 5th tee.
Sheringham is a picturesque track, however it has teeth and can certainly bite. Just three miles down the road from Cromer Golf Club, these two courses provide a challenging and enjoyable round of golf for all levels of golfer.
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Thirty five miles west lies the historic (and some would say quirky) Royal West Norfolk Golf Club (17th). Also known as Brancaster, this is a traditional links with the first 9 holes meandering towards the harbour at Brancaster Staithe and the second nine taking golfers back towards the striking clubhouse, often battling the prevailing wind. Shared fairways and bunkers lined with railway sleepers are just two of the many features that distinguish this magnificent course.
Royal West Norfolk is a peaceful links, but when the wind blows (and believe me it does on many occasions) it can be an almighty challenge. One word of warning, when planning to play the course, check the tide times. The course is situated on a narrow strip of land, turning it into an island and at high tide, the approach road floods.
Hunstanton Golf Club
Just 15 minutes further along the coast road lies my personal favourite, Hunstanton Golf Club (29th). ‘Sunny Hunny’ is a championship golf links and a must play for serious golfers.
Jammed full of memorable holes, Hunstanton features 3 blind driving holes in a row (one of which is the quirky par three 14th). The approach to the 6th calls for a precise shot otherwise a score more in keeping with a cricket match awaits.
On a calm day, Hunstanton provides the opportunity for a confidence boosting round, however when the prevailing wind blows, the back nine is as finer test of ball striking as to be found on the very best links courses. In particular 17 and 18 have been responsible for destroying many a round.
Over the last 10 years, the course has undergone subtle but significant improvements. Coupled with an exceptionally warm clubhouse welcome, Hunstanton Golf Club is a must visit for golfing visitors to the East Coast.