Sheringham - Norfolk - England

Sheringham Golf Club,
Sheringham,
Norfolk,
NR26 8HG,
England


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  • 0.5 mile W of Sheringham

  • Contact in advance - restricted at weekends


Sheringham Golf Club is located high on the clifftops on an undulating thin sliver of land, which is wedged between the North Sea cliff edge and the North Norfolk Railway. Steam trains and vintage diesels occasionally rattle past the course, which is set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The club was originally founded in 1891 and Tom Dunn laid down nine holes, returning in 1898 to extend the course to its present 18 holes.

“At Sheringham we shall be called upon to do only a moderate amount of climbing and some of the very stoutest hitting with the brassey that there has ever been required of us.” Wrote Bernard Darwin in his 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles: “The theory of the good length hole has been carried almost to its ultimate limit.” The course measures 6,546 yards from the back tees, factor in the North Sea winds and you’ve got a serious test of golf. It’s almost unimaginable how difficult this course must have been in the days of the hickory shaft and the gutty ball.

The best holes are undoubtedly those that run close to the edge of the cliffs. The 6th “is a very attractive hole,” wrote Darwin, “with the most glorious tee-shot from a high hill, a fine view of the sea, and a fascinating approach shot at the end.” Around the turn, the gorse and the railway line becomes the most significant hazards, which wait with patience to catch anything struck offline.

The English Ladies Close Amateur Championship has been played at Sheringham on three occasions, most recently in 1991, when Karen Stupples narrowly lost to Nicola Buxton. But in the 1920 event, the mighty Cecil Leitch was expected to win, but Joyce Wethered had different ideas. “It was by the way,” wrote Darwin in Golf Between Two Wars, “near the seventeenth green that there first appeared the traditional railway train which puffed and snorted loudly as Miss Wethered putted out and of which she was so entirely unaware, that, on being congratulated on her imperturbability, she is alleged to have asked, ‘What train?’”

Play Sheringham alongside its near neighbour, Royal Cromer, and you’ll have played two of England's finest cliff-top courses.

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Description: Sheringham Golf Club is located high on the clifftops on an undulating thin sliver of land, which is wedged between the North Sea cliff edge and the North Norfolk Railway. Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 37
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tim
great course, not a long one but tight. the greens were very slow and compared to neighbouring courses very slow. not what I would have expected from such a good looking course or one that charges so much
September 09, 2014
6 / 10
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Matthew Adams
Any golf course where you have to traverse a railway level crossing to access the car park – such is the proximity to a railway line – always gets the thumbs up from me. Having a steam train going past every hour or so evoked sepia-toned mental images of a bygone era when the railways and grand old golf courses enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Sheringham does have many traditional aspects but it is also a course and club that is thoroughly relevant to the contemporary game with a timeless warm welcome.

The day we visited the course, there were no course planners available, (not sure if this is usually the case) so our method of play was delightfully old school, relying on perception and feel, along with that most modern of innovations: 150 yard markers. This is not a moan, but recognition of how joyful golf can be when simplified to its basics.

I noticed that Sheringham is considered a links course by some due to its inclusion in the coffee table book “True Links” and you can argue the case either way. Sheringham Golf Course - Photo by reviewerI consider Sheringham most similar to Crail (Craighead) in Fife or the Glen in East Lothian, though without the drama of its par 3 13th.

The views here are stunning: whether out to sea with shipping and wind turbines, inland to the passing steam train and rolling countryside or all around the course with bright, golden bunkers and gorse framing many fairways and green complexes. If you make away day golf trips for the scenery, Sheringham will not disappoint. If golfing challenge attracts you then this course with some breeze should offer a good test.

There are many undulations throughout: holes 5 and 6 both have severe drops from tee to green, with few flat holes, but the walk is never too tiring. Good use is made of the terrain with natural looking green sites such as 1, 4 and 17 built around the same hill. For the first-time visitor, the design is not too intimidating with only three real blind shots – the drive on the 18th and the second shots on the 7th and 16th. Opening the shoulders is not a problem either, as the layout offers many routes to the greens. The greens were true if a little pedestrian in pace during April, although this may be to prevent balls oscillating on the exposed putting surfaces as at Isle of Purbeck.

The minor complaints/observations I would have about the course would be the rather basic 3rd hole, which relies on length uphill for its defence, and the conditioning of the second hole in the latter half of April 2012. There was little definition between rough and fairway, so missing the fairway was no real penalty. However, this was out of keeping with the rest of the course. All in all, an enjoyable day of golf.
April 29, 2012
6 / 10
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Steve Whitby
Wow played this course today on the Volvo Am Tour. What a refreshing challenge compared to Hunstanton the day before. Every hole had its own challenge and playing it blind for the first time without a course planner was great fun. Played in a 3 ball and we all scored well. Why isn't this course rated higher than Hunstanton. Should be in the top 100 easily well worth a visit.
April 10, 2012
10 / 10
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Aidan
April 12, 2012
Played this on the Volvo Amateur tour yesterday and thought the course was outstanding. There was not a weak hole among them and the stroke index one is an absolute gem. Although the greens were not as good as Hunstanton this was a much more memorable course with more stunning golf holes. Worth a visit for sure.
Hugh
April 12, 2012
Rating Sheringham as a 6-ball course is a farce. I can only assume this poster has never played a world-class venue. Undeniably Sheringham has good views, some good holes, nice greensites and solid bunkering. For a downland course it’s good, but not quite as good as Southerndown and not as good as Hunstanton. For me Sheringham is ranked a little bit too low in England but not much.
Freddy
Played Sheringham this morning and was very impressed. The course is in good condition and i found the greens are consistent which is a priority in my mind. One thing i can say is that a few holes notably 5th and 6th are real tests of your golf especially when the wind is blowing hard. Would recommend to any golfer with a half decent handicap
July 17, 2011
6 / 10
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Mark Freeman
August 10, 2011
Stunning course Stunning views Stunning condition Great members Great value Simply the best I have played in the UK
Ian Hall
I am a 12-handicapper and played for £40 on Saturday 16 April 2001, teeing off at c. 5:10pm. Well, what a fantastic course! I absolutely loved every minute of it, and really don't think there's a bad hole. I played nearby Royal Cromer the day before and would contend that Sheringham definitely has the edge. If you have time, play both; if you have time for just one of these two, play Sheringham. Very friendly in the clubhouse, too. Although when I asked an elderly member if they have towels for visitors to shower he looked at me as if I was a lunatic, claiming they had done away with such a gesture years ago.
April 17, 2011
10 / 10
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HDM
Played this 3 times on a recent holiday to Norfolk as well as Hunstanton which I thought was the nicer track by a long way compared to this. First 4 holes are nothing special at all, but it looks up a bit after that and the 5th is a very good and tough long par 4. Conditioing was solid but the best bit was the cliff top views which made this quite pleasant holiday golf and although challenging when the wind blows it has fairly wide fairways and the rough was generally pretty easy to play from/find your balls. Did not find the locals very friendly though but guess I just caught them on an off week. All in, this is a pleasant course with nice cliff top views but I was very surprised to see how highly it is rated on this site and I would not rush to take a holiday hear in future to go back.
September 14, 2010
4 / 10
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Fred
August 23, 2013
By what I have just read, I can understand why the locals were not very friendly!
k parfitt
September 13, 2013
I agree with Fred. Normally go abroad for our hols but having recently returned from a week in north Norfolk can't wait to get back there where the welcome was very warm. Sheringham is a very good golf course with great views and the steam railway adds to a most memorable experience.
Patrick McGarey
I played on a perfect April morning in 2010, teeing off as a single but later joining a very welcoming and humorous threesome of local players. Many excellent holes among the eighteen, and I don't recall any outright weak holes. Conditioning was excellent and the course is located on a piece of seaside clifftop property which is roughly the equal of Pebble Beach in terms of grandeur. On this basis, I'm really surprised that Sheringham doesn't enjoy a bit wider and more enthusiastic reputation among international golfers. This course and the nearby Royal Cromer are both excellent additions to a golf trip aimed at the more well known Hunstanton and Royal West Norfolk. Both courses are strong in there own right, not mere trip "filler". Staff is also friendly and helpful.
May 11, 2010
8 / 10
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tom rodwell
Amazing course, played this Brancaster, Hunstanton, Royal Cromer and King's Lynn. I believe this is better than all the previous exept Hunstanton.The first somes up the whole course , seems simple but good shots will be rewarded bad shots will be punished. On the first i hit a slight hook had a trickey 100 yard approach out of thick rough ended up double bogeying this hole being stroke index 17 that was a costy mistake. While my friend ended up birding it. outstanding holes 2nd 5th 9th 10th 16th . poor holes 3rd 4th . well worth playing.
April 12, 2010
8 / 10
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simon smith
When researching which courses to play a couple of years ago i elected to play Hunstanton and Brancaster on tour and thought i had selected wisely. How wrong i was !!! - having played Sheringham last week i believe that this course is better than Brancaster and as good as Hunstanton. The course is challenging and the views are superb. Reception was excellent. Thanks for a great day out !! Enjoy !!!
June 23, 2009
8 / 10
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Simon
20 of us played last month in Norfolk and Sheringham was the unanimous pick of the courses. Wonderful warm welcome, amazing views and the steam train provides a romantic edge to a brutal course. The course is in excellent condition, hard but fair and rewarding of good golf - when a lone spitfire flew over as part of a nearby airshow the course was complete and will remain special to all those that have played it.
October 06, 2008
10 / 10
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