Hunstanton GC was founded in 1891.
The driving force behind the club was Hamon Le Strange who instigated the construction of 9 holes on his family’s land.
George Fernie designed those holes.
In 1907 the course was extended to 18 holes and remodelled under the guidance of James Braid.
Other than minor modifications in the 1920’s by James Sherlock, and tweaking of the 17th & 18th holes by Ken Cotton in 1951, not much had changed for quite some time.
But recently Martin Hawtree has been engaged to make further improvements..
Hunstanton is pure links golf.
The course is located in low laying dunes land right by the sea.
It is essentially an out and back routing, with only a few holes playing across ‘the line’.
Without any significant elevation change in the course it makes for a good course to walk, however there is nowhere to hide when the sea breeze gathers momentum..
When we visited the stint of warm weather had left the fairways dry and firm.
Perfect for the bump’n’run!
Hunstanton is not a pretty course.
It is relatively low profile, and utterly exposed to the elements.
The quirk factor is relatively low, but it is a stern golfing challenge, especially when the wind is up.
It’s perfect for lovers of the links!
I am happy to bounce the ball in anytime, so I appreciated the conditions more than most.
Hunstanton has some outstanding holes, including the long blind par 3 fourteenth hole, and lovely sixteenth par 3 surrounded by bunkers.
Notable holes include:
- hole 2, a long par 5 with bunkers galore! (see pic mid page)
- hole 14, a long blind par 3 over a dune to a rather large green. Here you 'oscillate the post' to let payers following when it is safe to tee off!
- hole 16, another longer par 3. But this downhill shot is toward the sea to a green surrounded by bunkers. It is the signature hole.
- hole 18, a strong finishing par. The approach needs to carry considerable rough ground to reach a raised green sitting proudly in front of the imperial clubhouse (see pic top of page)
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