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Classic coastal golf courses in the East of England

5 Nights Itinerary

Stunning panoramic views while you enjoy your favourite sport

These links courses offer challenging tests for golfers with the added benefit of being beside the sea, many with stunning views.

Have you ever played next to a House in the Clouds, with a Victorian Pier in the background, or while a heritage railway steamed past? You will if you take on this itinerary.

Choose Your Day…
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 1
Thorpeness Golf Club
In the shadow of The House in the Clouds

One of the quirkiest places to enjoy a round of golf, the course is in the ‘Merrie England’ village of Thorpeness, a mix of Jacobean and Tudor style holiday homes and the famous House in the Clouds set around a Peter Pan-inspired boating mere.

Scotsman James Baird designed the course on low lying heathland within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Things to do nearby: Visit Aldeburgh, a charming seaside town with shingle beach famous for its links with Benjamin Britten, and Snape Maltings, home of Snape Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, shops and art.

Day 2
Southwold Golf Club
Famous brewery town with quirky pier

Founded in 1884, this common land, heath and gorse course with nine holes, 18 tees, has scenic views of the sea and the picturesque town of Southwold and its iconic white lighthouse.

Things to do nearby: Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery and Distillery, both of which offer tours. The Victorian Pier has quirky and eccentric amusements and a range of eating outlets and shops. The beach is great for families, both by the town and towards Blackshore Harbour where it is backed my marram-topped dunes.

Day 3
Royal Cromer Golf Club
Traditional seaside resort

Cromer golf course

Renowned as one of the best clifftop courses in England, Royal Cromer has splendid views along the coast and to the town with its Victorian Pier. The course itself has a range of geography, with sandy hills, gorse and bracken and grassy valleys.

Things to do nearby: Take in a show at the Pavilion Theatre, the world’s last end-of-pier theatre, or eat fish and chips on the Promenade as you watch the sun sink into the North Sea.

Day 4
Sheringham Golf Club
A steam railway runs through it

Dating back to 1891, Sheringham Golf Club must be the only course in the country that has a steam railway, the North Norfolk Railway, running through it. Yes, you read that right.

The course also has stunning views along the coast towards Blakeney Point. The Norfolk Coastal Path also runs along the clifftop here, so you’re sure to see many walkers passing through.

Things to do nearby: Hop on the North Norfolk Railway, otherwise known as The Poppy Line, for a steam ride to Georgian Holt, or take a boat trip from Morston Quay to see the seal colony at Blakeney Point, the largest colony in the country.

Day 5
Hunstanton Golf Club
With the best birdwatching in the country

Overlooking The Wash and set beside the Holme National Nature Reserve, Hunstanton Golf Club is a lowland course with dunes and link grasses. Created 125 years ago, the course is the only one on the east coast that faces west, so you can enjoy stunning sunsets.

Things to do nearby: The area has some of the best birdwatching in the country, so we’d advise bringing your binoculars. As well as Holme-next-the-Sea, there’s RSPB Titchwell, RSPB Snettisham and Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes. Holkham has a beach that’s regularly voted the best in Britain and a majestic Palladian manor house.