What a blast we had at Sheringham! Reading many of the previous reviews and all the discussion around cliff top v downland v links v links like, none of this mattered. This is a class track whatever it's status. It's a class track regardless of the fact that the fairways are generous in width and there isn't too much trouble off the tee (providing you are straight). It's a class track regardless of whether some may view it as holiday golf.
As a cliff top course, with wonderful views along the North Norfolk coast, the breath taking views across the course from the 4th green, the backdrop of the railway track and the steam locomotives running by emitting their plumes of smoke, there is so much to admire.
On a day with only modest breeze, the course was very playable. Whilst some may want more challenge, visually this course excels with, in my opinion, no weak hole. Yes, there are a few blind shots - some off the tee, some as a second shot, but each hole flowed, whether rolling along the cliff top, around Skelding Hill or in the undulating land behind the cliffs.
The bunkers were consistent white sand, albeit a tad too thin, and the greens ran very true and were in excellent condition.
The 1st hole is a strong start, into a breeze and whilst short, the bunkers left and right will catch drives, and then a green high above you with bunker left and rough and bracken on the hillside that falls away.
The course then heads straight back towards the clubhouse with a par 5, before heading back out again, up the hill sat behind the cliffs, with 2 par 4's, the second of which is a sweeping left to right hole to a raised green with large false front, hidden from view on your short approach shot, so make sure you take enough club. Run off area and bunker to the right.
The views across the course and the coastline from the 4th green are breath taking.
And then onto what is viewed by most as the strongest hole on the course. From a high tee, watched by the myriad of coastal path walkers, you hit downhill on to a sweeping right to left fairway, with a long second shot to a green that is cut into the cliff top, with a significant fall away to the left catching any pulled approach shot.
I loved the 6th par 3, teeing off from the hill down to the green 200+ yards below.
The pick of the next set of holes was the delightful par 3 8th - as the course turns back from it's farthest point out.
Holes 9 - 11 continue the routing back towards the clubhouse, with the pick being the par 3 11th, with the backdrop of Skelding Hill. Protected by bunkers front left and right, accuracy is key.
The course then heads back out to the further point again with a strong par 4 at 424 yards, again played from an elevated tee, the hole sweeping left to right.
I have to say the routing was delightful - not like a traditional links (which we know it isn't) which is out and back, but the changes in direction flowed fell and were not forced.
You reach the further point on hole 14, with a blind tee shot. Better for knowing there was actually alot of space right of the marker pole and that is a better line than over it.
After the last of the par 3's, there is a strong finishing stretch. The 16th again features the chance to open your shoulders and drive to a fairway which drops away below you before rising again to the green. There are a number of bunkers short of the hole to catch the longer hitters, otherwise for shorter hitters the 2nd is a blind shot over a marker pole to the green.
The 17th for me was the most visually stunning, reminded me of the backdrop seen on some of the holes on Hillside, with pine trees sat atop Skelding Hill that frame the hole, the banking covered in bracken and gorse. Short of the raised green are a line of bunkers which ensures focus on your approach shot. The steam train runs very close to this hole providing a wonderful backdrop and photo op.
The last hole, a gentle uphill left to right 421 yards par 4, then played slightly downhill to the green back in front of the clubhouse and 1st tee.
With a good driving range, short game area to boot, this is an ideal stop off on any Norfolk Golf Holiday - it offers stunning scenery, a beautifully manicured course, at 6558 yards off the back tees a stiff enough challenge especially on a windy day and yet at the same time, the opportunity to create good scoring opportunities with the ability to take driver on the majority of holes, and whilst some may not find it a stiff enough test, for the majority, playing a course where you can have fun and have a very enjoyable day out playing a different style course to what's on offer just up the road at Hunstanton is equally as important. I highly recommend.
Date: August 10, 2021