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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.
July 21, 2007
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.
July 11, 2007
You have to play this golf course,its brilliant.Being quite calm in the morning made it slightly easier but when the wind got up in the afternoon it was pure hard golf.We was made very welcome by everyone including the two fine gentlemen in the smoking room who before we left for our 2nd round were drinking red wine and when we returned in the afternoon were still there.The clubhouse is something to be seen (old golf style).Not one bad golf hole,you must do this and great value.
May 31, 2007
Incredibly difficult, unforgiving and if the wind is blowing some holes are virtually impossible.A truly humbling but absolutely brilliant golfing experience.
May 11, 2007
Beauty and elegance. RWN is a now wonderful quirky echo of a time long gone. The clubhouse is plain, well worn and a quite homely refuge from the elements. If you want peace and isolation then this course delivers both. The day I played it last September was calm, the tide was out and the couse was quite benign. I can easliy imagine it chopping one off at the knees in a howling gale.
April 03, 2007
A course of character and majesty, in great abundance. Despair, therefore, that it remains in constant danger of tidal destruction. And, although its near neighbour, Hunstanton, may be more of a Championship course, regard Brancaster as a definitive challenge, to both your physical and mental game-its is a golfing game of chess, and you are constantly under fear of "checkmate" from the deep, sleeper faced bunkers, the hard and long rough, the wind and water, delightful! Holes to cherish include the 3rd, 4th, 6th (a develish par three with the green set out in the marsh!), 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th and 16th. Its a shorter walk back than it is out, but, if the wind is a'blowing, it'll feel double that. Timewarp golf. Polite and formal rather than friendly and effusive membership and clubhouse but I guess the history and ancient golfing traditions have set into one and all. Do play it.
December 04, 2006
Wonderful experience - I felt as if I had gone back in time. Clubhouse must have been unchanged for a 100yrs - nor should it be for another 100 yrs - except the odd coat of paint perhaps. Course is a real challenge, although I played it in 'quiet' weather conditions. I will be back.
October 14, 2006
An excellent course. I was lucky enough to play the course at high tide when you have to drive over water on the 8th and 9th holes. Even a bad round is made enjoyable by the wonderful views. I will be back to play again and again.
August 31, 2006
Without a doubt, the best golf course in the British Isles. Beautiful, unpredictable, tough and friendly, and the added charm of numerous well behaved black labradors and springer spaniels accompanying many of the golfers. Be prepared for a mad sprint to the club house when the weather changes from glorious sunshine to thunder and lightning as it can do in the space of a matter of minutes! The pinnacle of links golf, without any hint of pretension.
November 23, 2005