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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
Delightful with superb clubhouse and members, a must play.
May 06, 2005
This course is unique within the British Isles with its 'tidal' entrance scenic beauty. I have heard many visitors to the course talk about the 'aura' of Royal West Norfolk, and they would not be wrong. The 'smoking room' in the club house is a sight to be seen, the epitome of golfing tradition. When the wind blows the course is a stern test. One will have to search hard to find a hole more inteligently designed as the 3rd and more picturesque than the 8th and 9th. The soul of this course is hard to define but easy to feel, magnificent.
April 25, 2005
This is a simply brilliant golf club. The course and clubhouse are locked in a time warp and they have benefited immeasurably from this. You would never get bored playing this course and I will always remember looking through the telescope in the clubhouse and seeing some poor sod get his Aston Martin stuck as the tide came in and short-circuited his electrics. It's a real golfer's course and you will need a real golfer's car to get here.
November 05, 2004