Top Golf Courses Of The UK - East Anglia
September 29, 2018
The third instalment of us travelling around the UK to find the best golf courses is here. This month it’s all about the East of England. If you have missed our previous editions, so far we have covered:
The east of England region incorporates the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and also Suffolk. It’s a large region with a land area that extends to more than 7,000 square miles. The East is the third strongest golfing region in England behind the South East and South West. Lets see what this region has to offer as thier best golf courses.
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club
Out on the course, you will feel delightfully isolated, essentially the course is a traditional out and back links; huge sleeper-faced bunkers and fast greens. The course plays on a narrow strip of links-land which gets cut off at high tide, turning it into its own island. If you are lucky enough to play the course during high tide, the downside is that you will need plenty of balls.
Hunstanton Golf Club
Hunstanton is a natural course, interrupted only briefly in the middle of the outward and inward nines by a few short holes that zigzag at right angles across the central dunes. The River Hun and the Wash frame this very narrow strip of links land, and you are offered a few glimpses of the sea from the course itself. Hunstanton is a connoisseurs golf course, jammed full with memorable quality golf holes, the greens are tricky to read, hard and true. The rippling fairways are tightly mown and gently undulating.
Aldeburgh Golf Club
Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and if you play here you will be presented with beautiful narrow fairways. You will be hard-pressed to find such an awe-inspiring sight at any golf course. Deep, sleeper-faced bunkers protect some of the greens and combine this with the ever-changing wind and you are presented with an excellent golfing challenge. This course also offers splendid golf throughout the winter with no placing, no temporary surfaces and fast true greens, which is something that higher tanked courses can’t always offer!
Purdis Heath at Ipswich Golf Club
Ipswich Golf Club is a delightful place, oozing style, peacefulness and tranquillity. You would never believe that you are a few miles outside a busy town centre. It’s laid out in two board loops but the difference is that the loops run in different directions. The outward nine is on the inside running anticlockwise and the inward nine wraps around the outside running in a clockwise direction. Purdis Heath is one of the best and certainly one of the most underrated courses in the land so it’s definitely one worth checking out.
The Grove is one of the newest and most enterprising golf course projects recently undertaken in England, for starters, it’s not your typical golf club at all as it’s a pay-and-play golf course open to everyone. There are four large teeing areas on each and every hole which caters for all golfing standards, and measuring a hefty 7,150 yards from the back tees to a more leisurely 5,500 yards from the front tees. The raised undulating greens are simply fantastic, very fast and very true.
Ashridge Golf Club
The enchanting Ashridge Golf Club is set amongst thousands of acres of National Trust owned woodland. Ashridge is one of the very first private clubs to pioneer “society days” by welcoming groups of visiting golfers. Societies are treated as day members and many groups return year after year because a warm welcome is always guaranteed. There are three starting points (1st, 10th and 13th) all within 50 yards of each other, these loops of holes make up the “cloverleaf” shaped layout of the course and provide a number of options for players not wanting to play a full round.
Sheringham Golf Club
Sheringham Golf Club is located high on the cliff tops on an undulating thin sliver of land, which is wedged between the North Sea cliff edge and the North Norfolk Railway. The best holes are undoubtedly those that run close to the edge of the cliff with some of the most glorious tee-shots from a high hill which gives a fine view of the sea.
The Centurion Club is located to the west of St Albans in rural Hertfordshire and was only opened back in 2013. With woodland flanking the first five holes, there’s a strong feeling of maturity from the get-go. If you seek some variation on the golf course then the Centurion Club may be the one for you.
Woodbridge Golf Club
Woodbridge Golf Club is located just 5 minutes away from the picturesque market town, with its quaint Georgian shops and pubs. The course includes 18 holes across stunning heathland, but taken alongside its cracking 9 holers called forest, Woodbridge really is a delightful place to spend a day playing golf. Measuring 6,299 yards, the health course isn't the longest but the golf is rather engaging as there isn't a single ‘poor hole’ on the course.
Thorndon Park Golf Club
Essex doesn’t possess many courses that have a high ranking, but this one does stand out. Golfers of all standards feel comfortable here, returning regularly to be challenged and excited with a wide host of tricky holes and well-guarded greens. Around at Thorndon Park will stick in the memory for all the right reasons because it's a great course with stacks of history and is always beautifully maintained.
There we have it, our adventure around the UK’s best golf course continues. Remember if you are an avid golfer and want to try one of these courses be prepared for those sudden downpours on the green and get yourself a Jollybrolly golf umbrella to ensure maximum coverage for both you and your equipment.