Hunstanton - Norfolk - England

Hunstanton Golf Club,
Golf Course Road,
Old Hunstanton,
Norfolk,
PE36 6JQ,
England


  • +44 (0) 1485 532811

  • Golf Club Website

  • 1 mile E of Hunstanton

  • Contact in advance. Handicap certificate required.

Hunstanton is the ancestral home of the le Strange family; Hamon le Strange invested £30 to get the original nine holes ready for play; George Fernie was the architect. Hunstanton Golf Club was founded in 1891 and Hamon became the inaugural club president. 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 1920s and the two closing holes were updated by Ken Cotton in 1951.

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 River Hun and the Wash frame this narrow strip of links land, but you are only offered a few glimpses of the sea from the course itself.

Hunstanton and Royal West Norfolk are always rated close together in today's ranking tables but, when Darwin wrote about Hunstanton in his book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, things were different: “Hunstanton is very amusing golf; it is more than that, for it is for the most part very good golf. Perhaps it is a little unfairly overshadowed in public estimation by its near neighbour Brancaster, which is altogether on a rather bigger and grander scale.” Nevertheless, Hunstanton is a connoisseur’s golf course, jammed full of memorable quality golf holes. The members are quite rightly proud of the greens, they are tricky to read, fast, hard and true. The rippling fairways are tightly mown and gently undulating.

Two of the world’s best lady golfers have played and won here at Hunstanton. In the year before the Great War, Cecil Leitch beat G Ravenscroft 2 and 1 to win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship and in 1921, the great Joyce Wethered beat J Stocker to win the English Ladies’ Close Amateur Championship. More recently, in 1972, Hunstanton hosted the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship, when Mickey Walker went on to win, beating Claudine Rubin of France.

A feat of incalculable odds also occurred at Hunstanton. In 1974, the amateur Bob Taylor holed in one during a practice round for the Eastern Counties Foursomes. The following day, in the actual competition, he again holed in one. The very next day in the same competition, he once more holed in one. If a hole in one on three consecutive days is not enough, you’ll be amazed to hear that it was achieved each time on the same hole, the 16th, a 191-yard par three!

This is a full-blown championship golf links; an absolute must-play for serious golfers. Make your score on the outward nine, the back nine is much more difficult, except for the par 3 16th, a simple hole in one opportunity.

Martin Hawtree recently produced a course master plan for the club and much of this work has completed, including re-bunkering of the par fives and improvements to the 1st, 7th, 10th and 18th.

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Description: Hunstanton Golf Club is a connoisseur’s golf course, jammed full of memorable quality golf holes. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 40
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Andy
Playing golf on the coast is always special for me and it seems to bring the best out in my game. Hunstanton can safely be called one of our best links courses of GB&I. Some may say not too interesting for the first four/five holes but certainly from the short par-4 6th and then the fantastic par-3 7th, you are aware that this is a links golf course full of quality. I agree when people say that the back nine is stronger, maybe as the holes are closer to the coast, with sea views on many holes. Loved the par-4 13th playing into the wind (such a tough approach) and then the 14th, a par-3 at 222 yards but blind! Hitting the green may have a stroke of luck to it as my shot did – but once there make sure you hole the putt for an un-likely birdie…The last two holes are par-4’s both around 440-460 yards and will be into the wind on most days – If you need two pars for the championship, you are going to have to work rather hard for them here.
January 25, 2008
8 / 10
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Ted
As previous reviewers have said a course with 2 different nines - the back nine is the tougher of the two and more links like in character. Only one poor hole (the 14th, a blind par 3), the rest being first rate. The greens are true, but do not have the super quick, glass like qualities they possessed 5 to 10 years ago unfortunately, however still a very good links that you mast play if in the area.
October 08, 2007
6 / 10
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simon smith
Played this course along with Brancaster only a week ago and really enjoyed it. I felt the £70 day ticket was good value for money and because of the 2 ball rule it is realtively easy to play 2 rounds in a day. Overall , i preferred Hunstanton to Brancaster because of the layout on the back nine and the fact that these holes played slightly tougher. The course wasn't in as good condition as Brancaster though. Club house staff very friendly and seats very comfortable etc. Enjoy
September 25, 2007
8 / 10
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Darren
This is now my favourite course in Norfolk! I have had the pleasure of playing Brancaster, Sheringham and Cromer, but Hunstanton offers the best all round package. Good greens (no longer the slick greens of the 90's, but still good), overall course condition excellent, and very a friendly atmosphere at the clubhouse. The 7th is a superb par 3 of note, then 16, 17 and 18 make for a very classy finish.
June 08, 2007
8 / 10
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Andrew B
A classic links up-and-back course, with several intriguing holes and no poor ones. We played on a glorious May afternoon with only a 1-club wind, so some of the course's defences were removed. But there are enough tough bunkers to concentrate the mind, especially on the enjoyable par 3s. Greens weren't as fast as many have suggested, perhaps because Spring was late this year, but they ran true and were in good condition. The Captain came to sit at our table while we were having a post-round drink and was a friendly bloke. Definitely recommended if not quite in the Royal St.George's league of links layouts.
May 15, 2006
6 / 10
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Tim Reed
Played in Pro Am. I had not played for 7/8 years. The course was not as I remember it! The fairways now have water on them and are not like links fairways at all. There are large swathes of meadow grass. The greens also had many non seaside grasses growing in patches. However it is still a tough test, particularly the back nine which was played into a moderate breeze.
May 04, 2006
6 / 10
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A nice course, not the most challenging links i have ever played but still worth every penny to play. Awesome greens, probably the best i have played this year. Fantastic Breakfast too !!!!!!.
November 08, 2005
6 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
To use a footballing anecdote...Hunstanton is definitely a game of two halves!!! My first true British links golf course experience and after 6 holes I was wondering what all the fuss was about because the strong wind was at our backs(!), so much so that the par-5 2nd hole became a 3 wood and gentle 8-iron!!! After the turn though this course decided it was time to bite back and the prevailing wind made the journey back to the club house a totally different game! The course has loads of horrible(!) bunkers, superb undulating fairways and lovely, well manicured greens. Back at the clubhouse the bar food was excellent and the members and staff very friendly and welcoming.
September 10, 2004
8 / 10
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Hugh
Very friendly club - have played here on numerous occasions and the greens are consistenly fast and true. The course is good honest fun.
June 14, 2004
8 / 10
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Billy
Greens second to none. Traditional links - couple of blind shots and facinating traffic lights. Total entertainment.
April 01, 2004
8 / 10
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