I think a theme for all the courses in Norfolk is that the drive is a huge pain and having to deal with all the roads will infuriate you however once you get to Hunstanton golf club you'll be thankful you made the journey. It is a classic links course with some of the best greens you could ask for.
Admittedly, It starts off manageable but a bit slow with hole 1 being a short par 4 playing about 330 yards and hole 2 being a reachable par 5 in 2 providing that the drive is weaved through the fairway bunkers. It really picks up when you get to hole 7 and then you start to feel like you are playing links golf. The 7th is my favourite hole on the course which is a 150 yard par 3 hitting in between the sand dunes and a large bunker picking up any short misses. The back nine is much better than the front in my opinion and starts with a good par 4 with a very undulating green. If you miss left then good luck getting up and down as the green runs away from you immediately. The 11th is the closest you get to the sea but not an easy par 4 as it plays about 430 yards and into the wind. The 13th is a fantastic par 4 with a blind tee shot and a second shot which you must fly all the way to the green with thick rough short of it for about 100 yards. The 14th is also a blind tee shot which is a par 3 about 210 yards but plays way shorter as is mainly downhill. The 15th is a par 5 going in between the dunes once again and trying to avoid hitting the bunkers off the tee is a challenge in itself. The 16th is a classic par 3 which has a narrow green surrounded by deep pot bunkers. A great tee shot to hit as the sea is very much in view at this point along with a lot of the rest of the course. The 17th is definitely the hardest hole on the course, about 440 yards with an extremely narrow green to hit into and I needed two drivers in order to make it in 2! The 18th is a great finishing hole with the approach shot going straight towards the clubhouse, a picturesque finishing hole for sure.
I would say that Hunstanton is definitely in the bracket of top links golf courses in England and is definitely worth the drive to play however seeing what I gave 5 balls I think it is a strong 4 1/2 ball rating. Its a great test of golf and I will definitely return in the future.
Date: August 22, 2019