However you pronounce it, this Norfolk course is exquisite

Tony Rushmer
Mon, 30 Apr 2012
0

The pro’s verdict…

“The course is a challenge that will test the scratch and club player alike as it asks questions not just of your striking ability, but of your course management and strategy. It’s got a great finish - 16, 17, and 18 are fantastic holes.” James Dodds, Head Professional of Hunstanton Golf Club

From the pro-shop…

James has been the PGA professional at Hunstanton for 12 years and cuts a very approachable and engaging figure in his well-stocked shop.

Happy to give you a few pointers, you’ll be wise to pick up his course guide, which is much more than just a yardage chart, as he outlines how to play each of the 18 holes.

It’s certainly £3 well spent. If, as is most likely, you’ve enjoyed your round, you’ll want to come away with a reminder of your day and £13 buys a smart cap to wear back at your own club.
The club…

Hunstanton cleverly combines a traditional feel with a modern approach. There are various meal-and-play offers to entice visitors, while this year sees country membership being reintroduced – £465 per year if you live more than 90 miles away as the crow flies, £650 for those beyond 65 miles.
Our impression was that it was a good members’ club – we noted an advert in the clubhouse offering £5 per person group coaching with the pro, which seems good value. There are plenty of roll-ups, including one for the Seniors each Tuesday.

The clubhouse…

The changing facilities have a slightly old-fashioned but pleasing feel to them – plum-coloured towels piled high for those using the showers, similar hand-towels stacked up by the sinks. As for the catering, it’s good value. A sausage sandwich is available for £2.95, while a pot of tea is just 80p.

After your round, you can tuck into a home-made chunk of Victoria sponge for £1.50 and wash it down with a pint of Adnams Ale. For those planning a longer stay, a South African sauvignon blanc will only set you back £11.95, while an Australian shiraz seems reasonably placed at £11.55.

Here’s the deal…

The green fees at Hunstanton aren’t cheap but pick your moment and there is definitely value to be had. Secretary Bob Carrick, a member since 1962, outlined that Sunday afternoons are quiet and £50, after 2pm, will buy a memorable round of golf, with the same offer applying on Saturdays, too. And this is a sensible club, so if there was still enough light around on a summer evening, chances are no one would bat an eye-lid if you struck out for a few extra holes.

In a nutshell…

Hunstanton is a two-ball course for singles and foursomes play. Four-ball play is only allowed on Tuesdays from 9.30am. Tee times must be reserved in advance. Check out www.hunstantongolfclub.com for details of green fees and meal/golf offers.

The details…

a: Hunstanton Golf Club, Golf Course Road, Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6JQ
t:
(01485) 532811
e: secretary@hunstantongolfclub.com

Our rating…

Golf experience 8/10
Greens and course condition 9/10
Clubhouse 8/10
Friendliness 8/10

Have you ever played at Hunstanton? Then why not submit your own course review? Alternatively, share your thoughts below in the forum, on our Twitter feed, or on our Facebook page.

 

Comments

Loading Comments...