Heacham Manor Hotel
Avocet Bar / Golf Check in: 01485 579825
Heacham Manor brands itself as "NORFOLK'S MOST EXCITING NEW CLUB", the 18-hole golf course opened in May 2009 it is certainly one challenging course.
When the wind blows it is a brute.
The first time we played Heacham a few years after it had opened the changing rooms were in a portacabin The New Avocet Bar and Changing facilities are a great addition and with the hotel facilities on hand, including treatment rooms, two bars and a superb restaurant in the conservatory it can be an excellent break on the North Norfolk course.
Heacham Manor Golf Course is for all levels of golfers. The course has been designed as an American-style links for all levels of play. It is intersected by two rivers, both of which feature on six of the 18 holes.
A wide variety of native trees and shrubs have been planted to enhance the difficulty of the holes and complement the ‘links’ feel to the course. There are also four lakes, the largest of which is the backdrop for the ‘signature hole’, the par-three seventh.
BEAUTIFUL NORFOLK COAST LOCATION
Heacham Manor Golf Course might be young, but it is growing up fast. On the undulating ‘links’ style front nine the landscaping has settled in and the shrubs have thrived, while the trees of the parkland back nine are just how nature intended.
Recent drainage work has rid the course of standing water in the winter, while the water features remain as challenging as ever. Thanks to their experienced head green-keeper, the greens are faster and the fairways thicker.
The par 3 - 7th is one of Heacham's signature holes. Selecting the right club here is vital as is a clean contact, as the last 100 yards of carry is over water with bunkers left and right. When we played the lake had waves on it.
Hole 11 Is a long par 5 562 yards off the back tee depending on the wind direction, you have the option to lay up short of the lake or go for the long carry over to the well protected green. When I played it recently I decided to play safe, I hit a fairly long drive down the left away from the lake and a 6 iron leaving what I thought would be a safe wedge into the green. Sadly I hit the left hand bunker leaving me a tricky bunker shot which of course landed on the green only to role across into the lake. Tough hole particularly if the wind is in the wrong direction.
Our view if you want a great break on the Norfolk coast at one of the more relaxed clubs in the area then Heacham is for you. It is tough but interesting and will only get better as it matures
Please note that the above views are purely an opinion based on a recent visit. For full details about the golf club we would recommend you visit the club yourself and form your own opinion. We are happy to publish your review as long as it is constructive, any detrimental views must be substantiated. We reserve the right to decline any review supplied and accept no liability with regard to any errors that will be corrected upon a reasonable request from the club if they are proven to be incorrect.