Founded in 1922 as a 9-holer, the course at Swaffham Golf Club was extended in 2001 to 18 holes by Jonathan Gaunt and Steve Marnoch when the club acquired a substantial parcel of Breckland heathland.
I played here when we just had some unbelievably dry weather and therefore feel like after the conversation I had with the members about how the fairway normally look and play needs to be mentioned and therefore won’t be something I will mention in this review. I have to say the course is really lovely and had some beautiful holes that play great. The course as you can imagine is surrounded with massive forest trees and does warrant a golf shot reasonably quite accurate because if you hit a tree you will be miles away from the green. I feel like the course in a whole deserve the gem status and is a course if you are in the area should be on your list.
I played here at the end of September on fairly damp windy day. The course opens with a tough par 5 with a difficult tee shot to get you underway. With a strong par 4 to follow. The back 9 is a little easier to score however the 18th is again a really strong finishing hole,. A long par 4 that rewards straight hitting, as anything off line usually rules out any chance of reaching the green in regulation.
Swaffham has really grown on me these past few years, it's condition is nearly always excellent and it is very playable in the winter. It is gaining a fine reputation locally and I would certainly recommend visitors to the area give it a try.
Swaffham will always hold a place in my heart. The one place my late grandfather used to love going to. He was never any good at golf but gave him so enjoyment.
Swaffham is actually a well laid out course in my opinion. The condition is always consistent which a few other courses of similar quality in the county lack. It's very tight in places and driving is the key to success here. The greens aren't overly difficult to hold and read but being straight off the tee will be a massive help as some holes you can be in the fairway but also position Z.
I do like the contrast in holes, some with blind tee shots, some needing immense accuracy and some so simple to the eye (not always the case!)
In all honesty, it's never going to get a great deal of attention to players outside of Norfolk but I would probably recommend this after the top four of Hunstanton, Royal West Norfolk, King's Lynn and Thetford.