East Anglia is a long-established region of eastern England that includes the historic counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and, more loosely, Cambridgeshire and Essex. The area is generally renowned for being low and undulating, covering almost all glacial deposits. Although numerous drainage operations have made this one of the driest regions in the UK, East Anglia golf courses are renowned for their playability year-round. The region's rolling hills are shallow, and the majority are occupied by rivers that drain into the North Sea (notably the Wensum and the Waveney). All of this might not sound like ideal terrain for quality golf. However, the region is home to some of the best-kept secret courses for golfing breaks in England.
Notably, Bernard Darwin had a sentimental attachment to the area after learning his craft at the Links of Felixstowe Ferry, one of only 246 true links courses globally.
Here we look at 360 Golf Holidays' favourite golf courses to play in East Anglia.
Golfers have wandered the rolling fairways nestled in a beautiful landscape of dunes and links grasses for 125 years, making this one of Britain and Ireland's 'Top 100' courses. Hunstanton, which overlooks The Wash, is the only golf course on the east coast of England where the sun goes down over the sea, providing stunning views in both summer and winter.
Hunstanton Golf Club offers some of England's best and most tricky golf.
Much of 'Hunston,' as it is affectionately known, is the work of George Fernie and James Braid. Still, Martin Hawtree has overseen an extensive programme to preserve and improve the links' status in recent years.
Hunstanton has played host to several prestigious tournaments, including the Brabazon Trophy and the British Amateur Championship. A Par 72 Links that will never let you down.
The Royal Cromer Golf Club in Norfolk is a private, 18-hole, par 72 (6528 yards) links golf course constructed by Tom Morris in 1888. This historic cult classic curled up on a clifftop admiring the North Sea is one of the exquisite courses on the Norfolk coast. Your significant obstacles will be gorse and bracken, sandy ridges, and gusty wind. However, the 14th is worth visiting just for the fully functioning lighthouse that stands splendid next to the green.
The 6,311-yard par 70 James Braid Thorpeness golf course has hosted significant amateur and professional tournaments throughout the club's history, including The English Seniors Championship and the PGA Super 60's Tournament, which routinely attracts veteran Ryder Cup players and European Tour stars.
The Sunday Telegraph Golfing Guide characterised Thorpeness as "evoking memories of the inland wonders of Sunningdale and Woodhall Spa." Thorpeness is part of a small collection of golf courses around the globe that are distinguished by a single notable landmark. While Turnberry and Harbour Town Links have lighthouses, St Andrews has the Swilken Bridge, Thorpeness has the 'House in the Clouds,' an interested and profound bystander who enjoys watching golfers find the carpet like fairways.
The Gog Magog Golf Club, founded in 1901, has consistently become a beloved Cambridge golf venue for top-tier amateur competitions, with the bonus of two championship-calibre golf courses.
Set in the undulating East Anglia open country and among famed Gog Magog hills, this Cambridge golf course provides excellent all-year-round golf facilities with breathtaking views over Cambridge and across the East Anglia fens to the imposing Ely Cathedral.
The Old Course and the newer Wandlebury Course are both recognisable. The shorter Wandlebury course will likely give fewer unexpected challenges than the Old Course, although the final few holes on both courses can destroy scorecards.
The Royal West Norfolk Golf Club (Brancaster) is a fantastic links course on the North Norfolk coast. It boasts a beautiful dramatic backdrop, with the North Sea on one side and the salt marshes on the other, and is ranked 61st in the World for courses accessible for the mere mortal non-members and 17th in England by Golf World.
This rocky link is the healthy antidote to modern whack it and find it golf - if you prefer your links to be fashioned and pure, Brancaster is for you.
Brancaster's packed with character and more than a little bit distinctive.
Golf in the purest form.
A strong contender for best in Suffolk, with Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, and Thorpeness following. Even though the club was founded 31 years earlier, in 1895, the spectacular James Braid heathland course has been located here since 1926. Purdis Heath, at 6,431 yards and a par of 71, will not overwhelm you only on length. However, you must consider that the fairways are virtually always firm and fast. You can see that this is a course of angles and precision. Purdis heath is a real test, however, a fun challenge. The big hitters will be forced to use their thinking caps and plot around this tremendous layout.
There are apparent birdie opportunities, including a handful of drivable par-4s and some appealing par-3s, however, with bouncy turf, numerous elevation changes, and tricky greens.
Indeed, a course to consider playing this summer.
The Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club, a historic nine-hole course in England's Suffolk County, was founded in 1893 as the home course of Cambridge University players. The configuration, designed by Tom Dunn and later upgraded by Harry Colt, has remained unaltered for a century. Yet, it presents a significant test to current golfers with viciously slanted greens, cunning routing, and a broad range of holes.
We do not say this lightly, But perhaps the best 9-hole golf course in Europe.
What are the best stay and play golf venues in East Anglia?
Thorpeness, Barnham Broom, and Dunston Hall have brilliant hotels attached to quality golf courses.
Where to Stay for a Golf Tour in East Anglia?
Norwich City centre is always popular for a golf tour of the Norfolk Coast. Barham Broom is a good option for smaller groups with lots of amenities to allow practice before playing different golf courses.
How many golf courses are there in East Anglia?
There are over 250 certified golf clubs in the East Anglia region.