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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.
February 10, 2008
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.
October 07, 2007
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 !!
September 25, 2007
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 !!
August 08, 2007
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 20, 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 10, 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 30, 2007
Incredibly difficult, unforgiving and if the wind is blowing some holes are virtually impossible.A truly humbling but absolutely brilliant golfing experience.
May 10, 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 02, 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