Thetford - Norfolk - England

Thetford Golf Club,
Brandon Road,
Thetford,
Norfolk,
IP24 3NE,
England


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Thetford Golf Club was founded in 1912 and Charles H. Mayo designed the original 6,000-yard course. James Braid made later changes to the layout and further updates were subsequently implemented by Philip Mackenzie Ross.

“Thetford is situated in the Brecklands, an area of sandy soil, and was once far more heathland in type and more abounding with rabbits than it is today.” Wrote Peter Alliss in The Good Golf Guide. It has large areas of heather, gorse and broom but belts of trees – birch oak and pine – now separate one hole from another and have become strategic features governing the right line for the tee shot on many holes.”

According to the club history: “The course was constructed on an open sandy heath known as Thetford Warren, which as the name suggests, was land used to breed rabbits for their fur and meat. After the First World War the Forestry Commission planted extensive pine trees on the surrounding land now know as Thetford Forest. At the time it was the largest man made forest in the country. From being a heathland course it has gradually become a forest course.”

The construction of a new Thetford bypass resulted in significant changes to the course. Five original holes were lost and five new longer holes were fashioned by Cameron Sinclair and Donald Steel. Today’s layout stretches to more than 6,800 yards from the tips.

“You begin with the challenge of quite a long par three,” continues Peter Alliss, “over a valley to a terraced green. Heather is a feature here, and at many later holes. The 5th is a particularly good par four, with a tee shot played over a wide valley with tree, bunkers and an old chalk pit very much in play. The undulating green is just over the brow of a hill, and falls away to the left.”

Thetford is not as well known as some other East Anglia courses located on the North Sea coast, but it should not be missed if planning a golfing trip to this quiet corner of rural England.
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Description: Laid out on sandy soil within the Breckland Forest amongst pine, oak and birch, Thetford Golf Club is not only a wonderful place to play golf but also it’s a serious challenge. Rating: 7.3 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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simon shepherd
Have had the good fortune to play Thetford a couple of times. I would have to agree with a previous review that Thetford deserves to be in the Top 100. A super tree lined course with lovely fairways and fast greens. I have been fortunate to have played Woodbridge and Aldeburgh recently. Good courses that they are, Thetford is better.
March 25, 2008
8 / 10
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Gavin Jarvis
January 06, 2009
Fantastic location. Mature tree lined holes. Long and very tough. Superb condition right through the year. 16th is a great par 3 played over a sea of gorse to a narrow green. 10th is a great dog leg par 5 with a sloping fairway which kicks all but the best drives into the rough. 18th is a tough finish 460 yard uphill par 4. I love this course. Almost un-noticed. A real gem.
malcolm roberts
Well worth a visit. Lots of variety and one of the toughest 18th. holes Ive played.Tight fairways, undulating greens usually in good condition.
October 02, 2007
8 / 10
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