Sports & Hobbies
A wide variety of sports and hobbies are available in Norfolk. Please see the links below for further details:
- Wind/Kite surfing
- Peddars Way Walking
- Horse riding
Fakenham Golf Course
Championship Length: 6,245 yards
SSS (Course Rating): 69
Type: 9 hole
Visitors: Visitors welcome £please ring prior to visit
Green fees: Mid-week £25.00 Twilight £18.00 Weekend £30.00
Twilight rate start at 4.00 in summer and 12.00 noon in winter
Summer 1st April to 31st October / Winter 1st November to 31st March
Fakenham Golf Club is situated on the site of Fakenham racecourse and is a pleasant parkland type course. The present course has been in existence since 1974 however there has been a golf club in Fakenham since 1889 when the first course was laid out on the common land at Hempton. The current course has a very attractive layout with some holes following the route of the river and three holes inside the race course itself.
Fakenham Golf Course consists of a nine hole par 71 (36 out 35 back). The course measures 6245 yards in total and has eight different tees on the back 9. The course is played twice to equal the 18 holes. Playing Fakenham is a good test for the experienced golfer but not impossible for the beginner.
Royal West Norfolk Gold Course
Designer: Horace Hutchinson, Holcombe Ingleby
Championship Length: 6,427 yards
SSS (Course Rating): 71
Visitors: All visitors must be members of a recognised Golf Club hold an official Handicap and must make prior arrangements with the Secretary to play. No visitors prior to 10am Sundays and no visitors in August.
Green fees: £45 – £80
“Few things are more terrifying than the first hole at Brancaster on a cold, raw, windy morning” Charles Darwin
Founded in 1892, Royal West Norfolk Golf Club is a classic, nothing much has changed here for 100 years. Squeezed beautifully between Brancaster Bay and the salt marshes, Royal West Norfolk truly is a peaceful golf links, except when the wind blows and boy, is the wind bracing here!
Check the tide times before you plan your trip. The course plays on a narrow strip of links-land which gets cut off at high tide, turning it into an island. If you are lucky enough to play the course during high tide, you are in for a real treat; the downside is that you will need plenty of golf balls.
Out on the course, you feel delightfully isolated; often all you can hear are the seductive sounds of the wind, the seagulls, the clinking of stays and the flapping of boat sails. Essentially, the course is a traditional out and back links; huge sleeper-faced bunkers, fast greens and that beautiful links turf. A magical place to play golf. However, three-ball play is only allowed at the discretion of the Secretary and four-ball play is forbidden.
Hunstanton Golf Club
Designer: James Braid, James Sherlock
Championship Length: 6,911 yards
SSS (Course Rating): 72
Visitors: Hunstanton is a two ball course for singles and foursomes play. Four ball play is permitted only on Tuesdays from 10.30 am.
Green fees: Summer – Weekdays: All day £75: from 12 am £60: after 3pm £45
Weekends: All day £85: from 12am £65: after 3 pm Saturday after 2pm Sunday £55
Winter – Weekdays: £55. Weekends: £65.
Hunstanton is the ancestral home of the le Strange family; Hamon le Strange invested £30 to get the original nine holes ready for play. In 1907, James Braid revised the existing layout and extended the course to 18 holes, alterations which cost a total of £25! James Sherlock made further subtle modifications in the 1920’s and little has changed since.
Hunstanton Golf Club is one of those magical, uncomplicated links golf courses where, no matter what you score, you always walk off with a smile on your face. This natural course is a simple out and back affair, 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 front nine starts relatively flatly and meekly but once you hit the par 3 7th, the sea comes into view and the excitement builds until it reaches a crescendo over the final six holes.
Sheringham Golf Course
Designer: Tom Dunn
Championship Length: 6,456 yards
SSS (Course Rating): 71
Visitors: Should contact in advance and have a handicap certificate. Restricted at weekends.
Green fees: April £September Sunday to Friday £55.00, Saturday £60.00.
Set on the cliffs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sheringham Golf Course remains one of the most picturesque in the region wedged between the North Sea cliff edge and the North Norfolk Railway, with the occasional steam trains and vintage diesels rattling past the course – the view from the 5th tee is one of the most memorable in golf!
The club was originally founded in 1891 and Tom Dunn laid down nine holes, returning in 1898 to extend the course to its present 18 holes. The course measures 6,456 yards from the back tees, factor in the North Sea winds and you£ve got a serious test of golf. The best holes are undoubtedly those that run close to the edge of the cliffs. Around the turn, the gorse and the railway line becomes the most significant hazards, which wait with patience to catch anything struck offline.