The club at Royal Norwich is on its way to centenary status but in 2019 the course has moved to the land at Weston Park, around ten miles away from the original location – this is England’s latest course and in a similar way that Close House and The Centurion opened, this opening has created a decent buzz and could contend for an English Top 100 position in years to come I think. The members that have transferred to the new location have a course style that they would only have seen on TV when the Tour events are on, it is that good – they are very lucky and with five sets of tees, all standards can enjoy playing. Conditioning and presentation are first class already.
The style now is of a modern looking parkland course but with an obvious mature look already and the club style is that of one built to value tradition but to welcome the current generation of golfer’s demands, needs and time constraints.
I will pick some of my favourite holes but the truth is there is not one hole that can be described as weak at all. The 3rd is a par-5 (412 yards to 555 yards) dog-legging to the left and then rising majestically to the green – a lone bunker from the tee at the dogleg must be avoided, along with the three at the green – I predict this hole will be a favourite for many. I like the par-4 8th a lot, from the back it is 440 yards and plays downhill for the first half of the hole – the approach is to a brilliant offset green, with just a lone bunker protecting on the left side. The 14th hole is the short par-4 that all courses have to offer; this plays a maximum of 321 yards and with four bunkers at obvious layup length, tee shot position is key. Two more bunkers short of the green and a superb run-off to the right also put a huge premium of the approach – a seriously good hole. The 17th will undoubtedly be known as the signature – a par-3 over water to another offset green with runoffs back to the water – a high class hole, with precision and accuracy the key thoughts from the tee. A touch that I do like here is that from four tee boxes the water has to be played over; from the very front tee the hole plays only 95 yards and the lake is only a hazard on the left side; a great move to grow the game for new comers and juniors so they are not too intimidated.
Off course facilities like the course are high class and high quality. I would say take a trip up the A11 to East Anglia and play the new Royal Norwich course sooner rather than later.
Date: November 01, 2019