Top 10 Golf courses in East Anglia

West Norfolk

West Norfolk has three excellent coastal courses in Hunstanton Golf Club, King’s Lynn Golf Course and Royal West Norfolk Golf Club.

Where to eat: The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market has an enviable reputation.

Where to stay: Heacham Manor Hotel has its own golf course plus excellent spa facilities.

 

 

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club

Designed in 1922, this spectacular course, which winds through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and heather is set in the peculiar little village of Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast, the town originally created by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie to be a fairytale playground for his rich and famous London friends. Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club still fulfils that dream in a manner of speaking: supremely comfortable, excellently staffed and situated just five minutes walk from the beach.

Where to stay: For a full-on golf experience stay at the hotel and bask in the glory of others in the Clubhouse bar with its numerous trophies.

Where to eat: For something relaxed and informal, head to The Dolphin, a cosy pub serving great pub grub.

North Norfolk

North Norfolk has two wonderful coastal courses at Royal Cromer Golf Course and Sheringham Golf Club – the latter has a steam railway running through it and is set on cliffs with magnificent views along the north Norfolk coast.

Where to eat: No 1 Cromer is a fish and chip restaurant with stunning views over the pier. Otherwise find a café where you can get a fresh crab sandwich – you can taste the sea.

Where to stay: The Links Country Park Hotel has its own golf course.

 

Ufford Park, Woodbridge

Just outside Woodbridge is Ufford Park Hotel, Golf and Spa: an excellent course that is great all year round, thanks to its natural drainage. Perfect for a drop-in game, Ufford Park offers golfers pay-and-play packages, 5-day and 7-day memberships, and teaching for those who want it in their onsite Academy. We recommend taking advantage of the excellent, two-storey floodlit driving range, which have heated bays for year-round use.

Where to stay: Base yourself in the chic market town of Woodbridge, located on the River Deben. The Crown at Woodbridge is ideally located for riverside walks, independent shopping and a host of wonderful eateries.

Where to eat: If The Crown doesn’t take your fancy, head to The Table, a relaxed style brasserie brimming with character.

Royal Norwich Golf Course

Royal Norwich Golf Course is close to one of the UK’s best preserved medieval cities, with magnificent Norman Cathedral and Castle, but also superb independent and High Street shopping, great nightlife and superb theatres and restaurants.

Where to eat: Roger Hickman’s in Norwich.

Where to stay: Around the city there are two good hotels with golf courses – Barnham Broom and Sprowston Manor.

 

Stoke by Nayland

Set within the Dedham Vale AONB, Stoke by Nayland Golf Course is surrounded by verdant countryside that has hardly changed since Constable and Gainsborough roamed here, sketching pencil in hand. The two 18-hole championship courses are named after these great masters of the English landscape, and present golfers with a suitable challenge. The 10th tee of the Gainsborough in particular has been named one of the most exceptional holes in East Anglia by the Professional Golf Association.

Where to stay: Treat yourself to one of the luxury Country Lodges on site, suitable for couples or with the whole family.

Where to eat: With a menu that changes every 5 weeks to embrace seasonality, head to The Crown Inn, a local pub serving great food.

Norfolk's East Coast

If you like to challenge yourself against the elements, on the east coast of Norfolk there are great golf courses at Caister and Gorleston-on-Sea.

Where to eat: The family-run Seafood Restaurant in Great Yarmouth.

Where to stay: The Burlington Palm Hotel on the seafront at Great Yarmouth.

 

 

Fynn Valley Golf Club

Fynn Valley Golf Club excels with keen golfers-to-be, with its 9-hole course perfect for juniors or beginners, as well as a testing 18-hole course overlooking the picturesque Fynn Valley. With tree-lined fairways, contoured greens and just under 100 bunkers, there are plenty of challenges to keep you occupied.

Where to stay: If you want to perfect your round, you can always extend your stay in one of Fynn Valley’s luxury self-catering holiday lodges. The personal sauna and hot tub is sure to impress.

Where to eat: Just a 20 minute stroll away, The Fountain at Tuddenham is an informal bistro full of charm in the lovely village of Tuddenham St Martin.

Castaway Island, Great Yarmouth

If you agree with Mark Twain that golf is a good walk spoiled and you’re just after a bit of fun by the seaside, try Castaway Island or Hollywood Indoor Adventure Golf at Great Yarmouth, or Lost World Adventure and Stonehenge at Hemsby.

Where to eat: It's got to be fish and chips!

Where to stay: Try the Seacroft Holiday Village.

 

Hintlesham Golf Club

Hintlesham Golf Club, adjacent to Hintlesham Hall Hotel, has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming. Set in 150 acres of tranquil Suffolk countryside, it boasts a 6,500 yard Par 72 golf course and has superb practise facilities. The Golf Club has an architectural award winning clubhouse with a large decking area with a stunning view of the first hole. With spacious changing rooms, you should have everything you need to relax before or after your game of golf.

Where to stay: Stay on-site at the stunning Hintlesham Hall Hotel, a 16th century country house hotel just outside Ipswich. 

Where to eat: If you want to venture off-site, although there is really no need to, head into Ipswich to Aqua Eight for some creative pan Asian cuisine.