Royal Norwich Golf Club

Royal Norwich Golf Club

Course Information

As early as the 2nd hole, there is something about the way the fairway sweeps elegantly down and to the left that tells you this must be a course designed by one of the greats.

Sure enough, we have the great revisionist himself, James Braid, to thank for a charming parkland layout where, more often than not, strategy and accuracy are more important skills to master than raw power.

Then again, to find the green in regulation at the 460-yard 2nd, you will more likely need all of the above.

This hole turns out to be the exception that proves the rule, however, as it is the only par 4 significantly in excess of 400 yards.

Elsewhere, an accurate tee-shot often leaves no more than a short iron to the excellent greens.

The club dates back to 1893 but it was not until the 1920s that Braid extended the existing nine holes to 18. As usual, he did an excellent job.

When thinking about golf in Norfolk, seaside classics like Hunstanton, Brancaster and Sheringham spring to mind, but Royal Norwich proves there are also fine courses inland. 

Royal Norwich is a charming parkland layout where, more often than not, strategy and accuracy are more important skills to master than raw power.

Top Holes by Dan Murphy, editor:

2nd 463 yards, par 4

The ideal tee-shot here is a sweeping draw that follows the contours of the land. In the summer, the longest hitters will be able to chase their drives well down the hill but mere mortals will be looking at two good woods to threaten the green.

Sloping from back to front, it is designed to hold a strong approach but that also means that even having found the green your work at this tough hole is far from over.

5th 399 yards, par 4

The 5th is one of relatively few holes at Royal Norwich that does not feature a change of elevation, but that certainly does not mean it is straightforward. 

The chief danger is obvious – out of bounds running parallel to the fairway on the left. Take a deep breath, make your best swing and you will be rewarded with a mid-to-short iron. 

13th 328 yards, par 4

Named Hades, this short par 4 offers the chance of glory but more often than not has the last laugh. From an elevated tee in the trees, the green cannot quite be seen but a powerful tee-shot hit with a touch of fade, ideally, can set up a chip and a putt for a birdie three or even a rare eagle opportunity. 
The probem is that if you get your drive going too straight then it will finish in the trees and a lost ball is a distinct possibility. A more sensible option is to lay up with an iron and leave yourself a full shot in. But can you resist the temptation?


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Drayton High Road , Hellesdon , Norwich , Norfolk , NR6 5AH