Between Dunbar in East Lothian, and Hunstanton in Norfolk, there are only three genuine links courses on the east coast of Scotland and England. One is Goswick, another is Seaton Carew and the third is Seacroft. Seacroft was founded in 1895 and was originally just nine holes. In 1900 it expanded to 18 holes which were designed by Willie Fernie, who was Open champion in 1883. In 1911 and 1923 there were major alterations but more than half the present holes are as Fernie designed them.
Like many links – Seaton Carew being just one such example – Seacroft begins in a narrow funnel close to the town and expands into the distance.
Undoubtedly, the further away from the clubhouse you go the better the holes become, which is not to say the start and finish are in anyway inadequate, just not as interesting as the middle stretch.
It is played on two distinct tiers, with a spine running down the middle. Like the Old Course, out of bounds is generally on your right and a hook will take you inwards, though there are certainly no double fairways to rely on.
At under 6,500 yards, Seacroft is by no means long but, in places, it is a supremely challenging driving course.
Packed with classic styles of holes – such as risk-and-reward par 5s, the odd drivable par 4 and point-to-point short holes with the green on top of a ridge – anyone who makes their way across the Lincolnshire Fens will be amply rewarded.
Packed with classic styles of holes – such as risk-and-reward par 5s and the the odd drivable par 4 – anyone who makes their way across the Lincolnshire Fens will be amply rewarded.
8th Sandpit 390 yards, par 4
A dangerous par 4, favouring the right side of the fairway risking the out of bounds with your tee shot will give a better sight of the green. A slightly pulled approach shot will be forgiven by a bank guarding the generous green which will kick any slight waywardness back into par territory.
10th Marsh 153 yards, par 3
While all of the 3s here are excellent, the pick is the 10th. Play is nearly always across the wind here and from an elevated tee to an elevated green with extreme run-offs on all sides, this is perhaps Seacroft’s signature where a lack of yards belies the potential peril.
13th Sea View 495 yards, par 5
This is a dangerous hole. Aim left of centre to open up the green, then decide whether to lay up short of the bunker in middle of the fairway or go for glory. It normally plays downwind and if so, from a good drive to the bottom, long hitters can get up with a hybrid or long iron.