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A truely excellent golf course. Immaculate condition and a pleasure to play. Some very testing holes, and some hugely deep bunkers, which I was thankful not to find.We played on a perfect but chilly day, with good playing conditions but when the wind gets up I would say it would be a very difficult course to play.5* Links at its best!!!
If you don't like this place then you don't like golf. It's on of the best golf course i've played. It kicks Hunstanton into touch along with a good few other famous links and much more high profile courses. It is quite possibly the most fun you can have on a golf course. Throw the scorecard away and get creative. The bunkers are amazing fun and almost dare you to aim for them. The entire experience of the club house and the location makes for a treat of a day out. I found the condition of the course fantastic with smooth and quick enough greens. You know you are somewhere very special as soon as you arrive and if you need reminding check out the past captains board. Enjoy.
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 !!