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People's memories tend if you can catch it in the sunshine it's a delightful place to play. The use of railway sleepers to edge deep (and some of the huge) bunkers is fun, and also protects greens on some of the shorter approach shots. Plays its best as a foursomes course - fast and ideal for matchplay; swap driving holes at lunchtime to experience every bit of the course. You can build a score on the way out, then things tighten up on the way back as you turn into the wind. It's impossible not to enjoy the views out over the huge sandy beach from the upstairs conservatory and several of the sea-wall tees. I much prefer it to Hunstanton, where the greens have still not recovered from their recent problems and are slow. Brancaster putted a bit slower this year after the wet summer, but is still superior. The only weak hole is really the short 13th, and the closing two holes are quite benign (a bit like the 18th at St Andrews). Excellent practice ground. Good old fashioned links golf in a beautiful corner of England.
Whilst overall it was a good course, I would have to say that I did not consider it a great course. The opening couple and closing hole, which share a fariway, were simply bland and there fore left you with a disappointing start and close. There are some excellent holes, like the Par 3 10th, Par 5 11th and Par 4 12th but overall not the quality I was expecting and some way short of the experience of Hunstanton or better still Sheringham which was an outstanding course.
As a test of golf maybe slightly below its neighbourHunstanton - played both in the same week.For an enjoyable experience, right up there with anything i`ve played,the salt-marshes,dunes and the famous dog bowl!Wow!At times there was no sign of human life just the sound of the gulls and the odd black labrador!An absolute treasure.
The best course I have played on, The whole place is fantastic. Try and play early and late, Just to see the differance the wind makes with the differnt tides. Would play here all the time if lived near by. Love the fact that they dont like slow play!
Keep this course a hidden secret. Old time experience in a similar way as Prestwick, and St Andrews Old, a very special place. You will see dogs everywhere here, in the club house and on the course, I think it is a good move to have the pets out there. The course is as simple as it gets but very effective, a few blind shots, with a lot of bounces. They play fast here, it is a strictly enforced 2 ball course and member don't like to wait on visitors. The way you arrive to the course is fun too, watch out for the tides and after the round make sure you stop off at the Ship for a bite and pint. The club house is from a bygone era, great to se the club preserve it, the course and all the other things that make this place unique. Surely an experience to remember for all golfers.
Superb, true, natural links with great greens and many interesting holes. Affords great views across the north sea and the Staiths / Harbour. Fascinating, unspoilt club house that hasn't changed since it was built. Also new practice facilities which are first rate and a good pro shop. On balance I prefer Brancaster to Hunstanton but only just, both are top 25 English Golf courses.
Played this course only a week ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was in excellent condition and this made the day that much more enjoyable. Overall, I think the course is good but it doesn’t compare with other classic link courses. Not too many holes you would remember but then again no poor holes. We played £70 for a day ticket and thought that was good value. I prefer Hunstanton to Brancaster though as I feel the back nine is tougher and has a better layout. Brancaster is still a good course though and I recommend that you play both if you have time. Note: If you can carry your bag then do so as the terrain is tough for pulling a trolley. Enjoy !!
Brancaster is without doubt one of the finest places to play golf in this country, for me the whole place is perfect. If you can be fortunate enough to play the course at high tide you are in for a rare, but difficult,treat.Having played there I now have a new ambition in life, to retire to Brancaster and play golf at Royal West Norfolk - if only !!
Royal West Norfolk is a quaint and quirky place...but not a great golf course.The setting is spectactular, particularly in you are lucky enough to have cross the entry road during a high tide. The views from clubhouse and many of the holes are spectactular.The ambience is simple, but not overly charming.The course itself was a let down for me. The opening and closing holes suffer from being crammed into the narrowest part of the course. Once you pass the 5th hole the experience ois magical because of its remote beauty. The design of many of these holes is quicrky and challenging, but not particularly good.Overall I would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the feel of a links course from a time gone by.
Brancaster remains the best place for a game of golf in England. We played there on a perfect July day in almost complete isolation, and found (as ever) the whole experience utterly beguiling. Hospitality, ambience, course, greens, views all wonderful. Modest fairway watering and loads of rain make it slightly greener than before, and the rough is currently vicious (as is an SSS of 71 off the white tees). But for anybody off 18 or better, I don't see how a day at Brancaster could easily be beaten.