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: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 17
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paul
This is the 3rd time i've played this course in the last year. The course layout is great, the welcome always friendly, and its a great test of golf with some big par 4's to contend with. If you've got your game on track its a course you can score well on. The main disappointment following my recent visit in late July 15 is the state of the fairways. the greens were little slow this time around but it was mid-week and there had been some heavy rainfall that day too, so perhaps i'll give them the benefit of the doubt. However the fairways are in a terrible state, and following my regular visits over the last 3 yrs they do appear to be getting worse and in need of some serious TLC now; and i dont think the lack of irrigation explains the poor state of them. Lack of investment and maintenance, who knows, but the club need to take some action on them or this great venue and course will start to certainly slip down my favourites list and spoil what is a fantastic track. PS
July 30, 2015
6 / 10
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Simon
November 23, 2015
The fairways are on Breckland sand which means hot weather will always affect the fairways. It IS NOT a lack of investment or maintenance. Each year the fairways are hollow cored and double pass over seeded with drought tolerant cultivars. Both at expense and time. The fairways will always be weather affected however they are improving.
Andy Newmarch
The course at Thetford has a lot going for it, the first obvious one is the setting – woodland all around which is reminiscent of the great courses at Ashridge and Royal Ashdown Forest. There is also a comparison with The Addington in the fact that both courses open with a par-3 and have another short hole at the Thetford Golf Course - Photo by reviewer3rd. After this shortish start, holes 4-6 are pretty strong. The next three at the 7th, 8th and 9th could be described as a little ‘up and down’ – all par 4’s and similar in length. The back 9 is the stronger of the two halves and the opener is a great sweeping dog-leg to the left par-5, followed by what looks like a straight forward par-3 but by having trees on all sides gives a very attractive look. More good holes follow all the way to the 16th, which is a 155 yard par-3 that could be lifted and put on any of the world’s classic inland courses and not look out of place – it is all carry over heather and sand, brilliant. The 17th hole gives you something and the 18th could very well take it straight back; 17th is a 500 yard par-5 and the 18th is a tricky 425 yard par-4, my own finish was birdie/bogey which I am told is quite common. The club has a friendly atmosphere and has a decent visitor welcome – worth playing and probably a little low in the current Norfolk county rankings (#7) for me.
July 10, 2013
6 / 10
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paul
What a great course, been here a couple of times for 36 hole comps over the last 3 years, always had a friendly welcome. While there's a little bit of traffic noise and a bit of crossing over of roads thro-out the round it doesn't detract from what is a very good course layout that meanders wonderfully thro the forest. There's some 'big' holes here in terms of par 4's off the back tees, and some tight drives so its a good test of golf. the last time i played in Sept 11 the fairways had been a bit neglected over the summer drought but everything else was in good condition and the greens have always been great when i've played. very accessible for those of you in the London/Essex area so well worth a trip.
June 05, 2013
8 / 10
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Andy
July 10, 2013
RE: Neglected fairways - The club have no fairway watering (local restrictions), so they do turn brown each year. Nothing they can do about it...
W
A good course with some memorable holes such as the par three 16th. The forest is tall and mature and many of the holes are carved right through the middle of them. It's a great pity the course is so close to the A11 though. The hum of traffic can be heard on the middle holes and this detracts from the tranquility of the others further away.
May 13, 2013
6 / 10
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David Richards
A wonderful, testing golf course. The course is laid out on the edge of the Breckland Forest and is a classic mix of tree lined fairways and crisp sandy turf. It plays a little under 7000 yards from the tips add in some excellently placed bunkers and small undulating greens and you have a very good (yet fair) test of golf. I have only played it on a couple of occasions (once at the end of the season and again at the beginning of the following) and both times the condition has been superb for the time of year.A true English Gem
April 02, 2009
10 / 10
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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 01, 2007
8 / 10
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