Norwich is a historic, medieval university city. Café’s and bars line the streets offering visitors a distinct cosmopolitan feel to this very English of cities. Admittedly golf isn’t too high up on the list of local attractions, and to an extent this is justified. But if a quick weekend getaway, packed full with good golf and food is what you’re after then you need look no further than Norwich.
Where to play
T: 01603 429928 W: royalnorwichgolf.co.uk
Founded in 1893, Royal Norwich is the most established course in the area. The layout is set on a fine piece of land overlooking the city. Despite a tame start, the 2nd is a corker, a 440-yard dogleg uphill with a huge sloping green and is certainly not for the faint hearted. From there, tasty holes are met alongside some kind ones, all in the shadow of huge oak trees and rolling hills. In truth, a course which the better players could ‘burn up’, but as an experience it is great fun, with the greens in pristine condition all year long.
T: 01603 759393 W: barnham-broom.co.uk
Just nine miles from the centre of Norwich, this resort in the picturesque Norfolk countryside is well worth a visit. One of the better ‘corporate’ courses’ I have played, the older Valley course is mature beyond its 34 years. The front nine starts and finishes wonderfully, with the tricky 400-yard 9th, through an alleyway of trees, being the highlight. The back nine follows a similar suit, the 11th in particular taking no prisoners. It doesn’t get any easier, but the 17th and 18th will give you some respite.
T – 01603 451686 W: eatongc.co.uk
The final destination on your trip should most definitely be this ‘hidden gem’ of a layout in the south of the city. Its tight, tree-lined fairways, which slope across the natural lie of the land, provide you with a fascinating test of strategy and ball striking. Not long, there are chances to make birdies, but overall, handicap golf is a bonus. A classic inland retreat.
Where to stay
With easy travel links to the outskirts of the city, city accommodation rather than resort is probably your best, as well as cheapest option.
T: 01603 434471 W: oaklands-hotel.co.uk
Located on the edge of the city centre with easy routes to the Ring Road, this country house-style hotel offers great British cuisine and hospitality to match. Room pricing is affordable with discounts constantly available.
Maids Head Hotel
T: 01603 209955 W: maidsheadhotel.co.uk
Situated opposite the Cathedral, in the heart of the city. This 4 star hotel offers you everything from historic landmarks, to luxurious décor and dining.
Where to eat
The Waffle House T: 01603 612790
Intimate city centre restaurant specializing in, you’ve guessed it, waffles. Very popular with the locals, so you may want to book in advance.