Norfolk’s cliff tops provides great golf challenge

The 2019 Solheim Cup was a sensational golfing spectacle. It produced an absolute barnstorming finish as Europe clawed back the last three holes to beat the USA by one point after they were all but beaten going into the final day.

If the heroics of Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen and Bronte Law at Gleneagles have inspired you to get your clubs out and have a round or two of golf, then there are several clubs here in North Norfolk where you can let fly with a few golf balls.

Golf courses in Norfolk provide for all abilities. They range from relatively simple nine-holes to stunning courses that are recognised nationally as fabulous courses to play. Here we have picked five courses to really test your golfing skills. There are many more courses where all members of the group can test their skills and enjoy a good burst of fresh air and stunning scenery.

The county is blessed with two golf courses that are ranked among the top 100 18-hole golf courses in Britain. The Royal West Norfolk and Hunstanton are within seven miles of each other. For serious golfers these two courses are the pinnacle of the sport. With careful planning, the golfers in the group could play both while visiting Norfolk.

Royal West Norfolk, Brancaster

This golf course lies between Brancaster Bay and the salt marshes. It follows a narrow strip of links land. This is a beautiful course and well worth playing but it is also important to check tides. Parts of of the course get cut off at high tide. It is definitely worth checking tide times before you play. And take plenty of spare balls with you!

The course is a traditional out and back links. It has huge sleeper-faced bunkers, fast greens and beautiful links turf.

To play at Royal West Norfolk contact the office. Be aware that only 2-ball matches are allowed. This is to keep the speed of play up in the face of changing tides and conditions.

Hunstanton Golf Club, Old Hunstanton

The course, which dates back to 1891, is a simple out and back links course with regular glimpses of the sea. This golf connoisseur’s course has high quality golf holes, tricky, hard to read greens and undulating, tightly mown fairways.

This is a full-blown championship golf links and an absolute must-play for serious golfers.

Sheringham Golf Club, Sheringham

This is the closest golf club to Rookery Farm Barns and is a challenging clifftop golf course. Many of the holes are right on the edge of the cliff, making it visually stunning as well as a little windblown.

Sea breezes and plenty of contours make this a tough and challenging course. The difficulty of the holes is off-set by the views along the way.

Royal Cromer

Another cliff-top golf club, the Royal Cromer starts and finishes on the edge of the cliffs before plunging down into flatter ground. The course also flows around a stunning lighthouse before testing golfers’ endurance and fitness with a steep climb for the last few holes. It is described as one of the best cliff-top courses in England and the terrain ranges from grassy valleys to a wealth of sand hills, gorse and bracken.

Mundesley Golf Club

Mundesley is a friendly club, found half a mile inland. It began life as a 9-hole, grew to 18-holes and then reverted to 9 holes after the Second World War. It plays over the undulating Mun Valley, with occasional views of the sea.

The 9-hole course, with 18 tees, provides a variety of tests for members and guests. It is a relatively short course but there are some deceptively tricky holes to negotiate.

All the golf courses referenced have variations on their dress code. Please check either on each club’s individual website for details and restrictions.

For information on these or any other golf courses in the area, please speak to us as we will be happy to help and advise.