Royal West Norfolk Golf Club (also known as Brancaster) was founded in 1892.
The course was designed by Holcombe Ingelby with assistance from Horace Hutchinson.
The club was granted Royal status early when King Edward V11 became the club’s patron.
Four members of the royal family have since captained the club.
The course lies on a slither of linksland between the North Sea on one side and marshland on the other.
Access by road is closed each day when high tide sees water cover the connecting road bridge through the marshland- effectively making Brancaster an island.
At 6478 yards off the back markers the course is not of championship length.
However it’s location means that the links is totally exposed to the wind and weather, so it can play long.
It is certainly not uncommon for golfers to encounter strong winds as they plot their way around the links.
It is basically an out and in links with great turf and firm true greens.
And the many boarded bunkers give a unique and memorable look that is instantly identifiable as Brancaster.
The rich canvas of the links has a grand maritime setting with the sea, boats and birds all contributing to the experience.
Brancaster is little changed over the years and presents a good old fashioned links course with real character.
It’s a course that rewards return play, and knowing the lines of play.
If your timing is right you may encounter a high tide when you visit.
As the marshland fills up, around and throughout the course, water carries become a significant factor for the golfer.
It is quite an amazing experience..
Notable holes include:
- Hole 3, a long, strong par 4 with a threatening boarded bunker to be negotiated on the approach
- Hole 4, a wonderful par 3 with a row of pot bunkers and a boarded green front to carry in reaching the green
- Hole 8, a unique par 5 where one must play diagonally over the marshland to fairway, and then again to the green
- Hole 9, another strong par 4 with a long carry over marshland to a raised green with boarded sides (see pic top of page)
- Hole 10, a strong par 3 to a raised green surrounded by boarded pot bunkers
- hole 14, a longer par 4 with a memorable approach up a rise and over two pot numers and a wide boarded 'dry' bunker
- Hole 15, a memorable par 3 with a huge boarded bunker 50 yards from the green reducing visibility and increasing anxiety..
We loved Brancaster.
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