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Best golf courses in Norfolk

Norfolk, on the east coast, is England’s driest county, making it the perfect golfing destination. Luckily, even though it lacks rain, it has plenty of quality golf courses, three of which feature in our Top 100 courses in England.

While few would dispute the claim that Norfolk has a clear top two, many would debate the direction in which these stellar ties are going. It depends on what you want from your golf; quirky, idiosyncratic holes or a consistent championship test.

But why should you trust our ranking? Well the world of golf The Top 100 panel has been ranking the best courses in England for decades and has the most comprehensive knowledge of the game.

We appreciate your feedback on all of our leaderboards and know that everyone will have an opinion on where their favorite stands. We would love to hear from you by email, on Twitter, Facebook Where instagram.

And, once you’ve enjoyed this ranking, take a look at some of our others – including the best courses in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Europe.

Chris Bertram, world of golf Top 100 publishers

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What are the best golf courses in Norfolk?

Royal West Norfolk is Norfolk's finest golf course.

1. Royal West Norfolk

It exudes memorability and distinctiveness and is a step back in time both on and off the course.

Royal West Norfolk in Brancaster is up there with Lahinch, Prestwick and North Berwick for fun and idiosyncratic golf.

No other course in Britain changes with the tides like Brancaster does – you should check the tide tables before visiting as you could very easily get cut off in the car park.

The holes around the bend that are affected by the tide are often noted as the stars, but there are actually about ten classics. It rewards strategy and imagination.

Hunstanton is a classic golf course.


A classic links, with a central sand ridge offering an excellent design and with real fast greens.

Hunstanton is still in pristine condition and is improving as the round progresses. This traditional links is often played with the wind at your back for the front nine, but the back nine is a daunting challenge. A regular host to the Championship, with the Women’s Amateur this summer being the latest.

Although primarily a two-ball course for singles and foursomes, four-ball can be played all year round on Tuesdays from 9am and after 1pm on Sundays in the summer.

Sheringham is a very entertaining golf course in Norfolk.


This must-see in England’s Top 100 is a clifftop course steeped in history, with fantastic views and fast, pristine greens. If you want thrills and views, you’ll love it.

4. Thetford

Strong affection for this fast course, cut in the famous forest. Great variation of holes that require a good shot. Good bunkering, accuracy and distance control are needed to score well.

Royal Norwich is one of the best golf courses in Norfolk.

5. Royal Norwich

Recently relocated 10 miles west of Norwich, the Ross McMurray course (European Golf Design) offers a ‘tour’ experience, with large sloping greens. The clubhouse’s micro-brewery is a nice plus!

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Royal Cromer is a must for golfers visiting Norfolk.

6. Royal Cromer

A hilly course overlooking the North Sea. Clifftop in style with well bunkered gorse and greens.

King's Lynn is a superb indoor golf course in Norfolk.

7. Kings Lynn

A design by Peter Allis and Dave Thomas that winds through a forest of silver birches. Accuracy and control of the length of the shot from the tee are key to scoring well.

8. Swaffam

Norfolk’s little secret. A good test in a park framed by mature trees, but with an air of sandy moorland. Great greens.

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9. Great Yarmouth and Caister

Fast links with gorse and good bunkering. A constant test. Interwoven into the racetrack, adding extra interest.

Eaton Golf Club in Norfolk.


Located close to Norwich city centre, this attractive park focuses on the needs of golfers in equal measure with the abundance of wildlife and natural habitat.

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Barnham Broom is one of Norfolk's finest golf courses.

11. Barnham Broom (Valley)

The older of the two courses played along the valley of the River Yare, the valley is parkland with plenty of water to navigate. Lots of elevation and scenic views.

12. Bawburgh

Located six miles west of Norwich, Bawburgh has a park-like setting on a rolling landscape with great views
over the Yare Valley.

Heachham Manor is just outside Hunstanton in Norfolk.

13. Heacham Manor

A resort-style course on the edge of Hunstanton, its holes are influenced by the Heacham River and four lakes.

The 7th standout is a visual delight. Good greens and a brand new clubhouse offer excellent views over the course. The perfect Norfolk base.

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14. Richmond Park

A park of two different nines. The longer front nine provides a great opportunity to open up the shoulders, with much-needed precision and placement when playing yourself in the excellent New England-style clubhouse.

Wensum Valley is one of Norfolk's finest courses.

15. Wensum Valley (Wensum)

The longer of the two courses here, it has hosted EuroPro events. Playing on lakes bordering the Wensum River, it’s a real challenge to play to one’s handicap.

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16. Ryston Park

A delightful nine-hole course winding through mature trees, still very presentable and easy to navigate.

17. Dereham

Great nine hole park in the heart of the county. Each hole has a second set of tees to create variation and interest.

Dunston Hall is a great option to stay and play in Norfolk.

18. Dunston Hall

Offers great variation in a park setting. Water features and large undulating greens are the test.

Sprowston Manor is one of Norfolk's finest golf courses.

19. Sprowston Manor

With large USGA greens and a variety of water features, the 18-hole course offers a good test with plenty of tee choices.

20. Wensum Valley (Valley)

Features tree-lined fairways where precision is key to finding undulating greens.

21. Barnham Broom (Hill)

A well-drained playful event that can be played all winter long.

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