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Since I first began to play golf, I was enthralled by tales of the fantastic golf courses of the East Coast, one of my partners had family there and was a thus a regular golfing visitor to the region, and always ready to talk of the Norfolk links. The chance to replicate those times was just too good to pass over, and so we journeyed North and then East via Newmarket and Thetford to West Runton.

We were staying at the delightful picturesque Links Hotel, which just happens to boast possession of a nine hole golf course. The course has had a chequered history, however, that has changed dramatically since it was acquired by the family owned Mackenzie Group and renamed the Links Country Park Golf Club. Originally it was an eighteen hole course designed by no other than five time Open Champions J H Taylor. It was ravaged by the war, and some of the land sold off,it was restored to some glory by the appointment of Gary Player as Director of Golf, and more latterly reinstated to original and former glory by the new owners.

It is now a good test of golf, with three very tough short holes, tremendous views, and a sleepered green to challenge in the middle of the round, before a finish that offers birdie chances to improve the scorecard. A very sporty nine holes, in very good condition, and the perfect holiday exercise, right outside the hotel door. A mere ten minutes drive south from the Links Hotel takes you to the Royal Cromer Golf Club, one of the majestic courses of the North Norfolk coastal region. It was founded in 1888, and was awarded it’s Royal status before play had even commenced, because the club president was a friend of the Prince of Wales, later to become Edward V11. Set on the cliff tops overlooking the North Sea it is a great examination of the golf game, especially when the wind blows. The cliff top holes are a test, long par fours are a constant battle, and with gorse aplenty, the driver had better be in good form. There are several memorable holes to savour, the 5th along the cliff, the periscope needed to see the fairway on the 8th, and the return alongside to the elevated 9th green before the

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first of the second nine. This starts with a great downhill par 3, bedecked with pot bunkers, a delightful hole that has been tremendously improved by the adding of additional bunkers, the idea of greenkeeper Mark Heveran. The last five holes are an absolute treat if you love natural golf, making full use of the contours of the land and the masses of gorse, blind shots are to be enjoyed not decried. The signature hole is the 14th, The Lighthouse, which dominates the skyline at the back of the green. This is followed by two challenging par 4’s before the Kestrel View. This is a short hole of just 119 yards, but all you have is tee and green, with thick gorse betwixt the two, add a bunker in front as another defence, and you have one mean test where a par is cause to celebrate. A Royal course that deserves the title, for it is truly regal.

views in golf, and it would be hard to disagree, for the whole stretch along the cliff edge is truly awe inspiring. Much of the front nine follows the cliff with the sea in full view, and

This was a course that was a pleasure to play, and the welcome in the professional shop and the clubhouse made the day a complete success. The club Secretary Manager was the perfect host, and the man to contact if you wish to share the experience.

To complete the trio, it was short trip to Sheringham, and the world famous course that resides on the north facing clifftop just outside the town. Running between the sea and the North Norfolk railway, it is both picturesque and a true golfing giant, with the traditional style clubhouse dominating the scene alongside the first tee. A halt at the level crossing, and a magnificent steam train rattles by, a reminder of the age when the railways were the development that caused golf to expand dramatically. In 1908 there was an exhibition match played here by four of the great Open Champions, The Triumvirate of Harry Vardon, J H Taylor, and James Braid plus the first overseas champion, Frenchman Arnaud Massey. It is evidenced by a great sepia photograph displayed in the clubhouse. Sheringham Golf Club was formed in 1891, originally a nine hole course it was extended to the full 18 holes seven years later. It is laid out on the west side of the town and is renowned for the long par fours, and it said that the much photographed 5th tee offers one of the most memorable

the back nine meanders back to the clubhouse bordered by the railway, with steam trains and boxcar diesels passing regularly by. Reminders of a bygone age. Featuring holes that area burned into the memory banks, to be relived every time you think of the visit. The second of two truly marvellous golfing experiences. Three facets of the North Norfolk diamond that are available with one call. The Links Hotel and the in house Restaurant, it’s golf course, and then the twin regal delights of clifftop golf at Royal Cromer and Sheringham, they can be enjoyed with a package costing less than you would ever imagine. Visit the website www.mackenziehotels.com or email info@mackenziehotels.com for details. I can guarantee a golfing excursion that will never be forgotten, and will demand to be repeated. Michael Rees

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