Thetford Golf Club

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Situated less than a quarter of a mile from the A11, Thetford Golf Club is set in a magnificent Breckland forest area of East Anglia. The challenging 18 hole, 6,849 yards, par 72 course is a delight to play and is reputed to be one of the best in the region.

The superb drainage makes play possible for 52 weeks of the year. The course is a haven for wildlife and we make a conscious effort to protect the natural habitat of the birds, insects and animals. Especially delightful are the little montjac deer, which you may see grazing in the shadows of the trees.

Experienced pro shop staff, first class caterers and the club’s administration team ensure a warm welcome to Thetford and that your day is always one to remember.

 

Hole 1

A demanding opening tee-shot usually requiring a long iron or a wood. The tiered green slopes from back to front so ideally you should be on the appropriate level but leaving the ball below the hole, for an uphill putt. Missing the green right gives you the easier chip. A three here is a good start.

 

Hole 2

The tee-shot can be played in two ways. The brave may draw a ball close to the left side and cut down the length of the second shot. Mortals though should aim at the centre of the fairway and the ball will finish right side. The second is uphill so take enough club to reach the left to right sloping green.

 

Hole 3

An innocuous looking par 3 which can catch you if you attack a right hand pin position where there is a deep bunker, a tree, and a large bank. The percentage shot is to the centre or left side of the green and let your putter do the work.

 

Hole 4

A testing tee-shot that needs to be high enough to carry the trees that stand sentry. There is plenty of room to the right but if you are too long down the right you may be blocked out from the green by the trees. The second shot is downhill near the green and in dry conditions you may need less club and run the ball in. However, be wary of the dead ground just short of the green, so be sure of your yardage.

 

Hole 5

Off the white tee the ball needs to be threaded through the alley of trees. From all tees allow room for the ball to kick left towards the two fairway traps. The second shot is uphill so take enough club and try to leave the ball left of the flag otherwise putting can be tricky.

 

Hole 6

Long hitters can get home in two by hitting a fade off the tee to avoid the trap down the left side. Mortals can play at the centre of the fairway from the tee and then hit the second up the right side, to avoid the trouble on the left. The green is two tiered and slopes mainly from right to left. Ensure your approach finishes on the same level as the pin to increase your chances of getting a birdie.

 

Hole 7

A long hole, out of reach for many, if it is, then make sure your second is placed up the left side to make your third shot easier. For longer hitters a tee shot up the left opens up the green. The green itself can be very fast from back to front.

 

Hole 8

For shorter hitters the fairway bunker is a good line but long hitters need to thread their drive between the bunker and trees. Although the second shot is downhill there is a lot of hidden ground just in front of the green so check your yardage. Once again, the green slopes back to front.

 

Hole 9

This hole again plays very long as it is uphill. The second shot always plays further than it looks but be wary of going too far past the hole as putts from the back of the green are very fast.

 

Hole 10

A long par five that will test your strategy. The percentage tee shot is down the centre but if you are brave, a draw will gain you yardage. The second shot must be placed up the right, but avoid the well placed bunker. The green is long so play enough club to reach a back pin position.

 

Hole 11

A gem of a par three. A long iron or wood must be hit well to find the putting surface. The hole slopes from right to left and anything pitching left of the green in summer can find trouble in the gorse.

 

Hole 12

From the white tees a good aiming point is the 150 yard marker on the left with a little fade. The main danger from the tee is the crater on the right which catches many. The second shot is uphill and the green has a lot of subtle borrows so beware.

 

Hole 13

There is plenty of room to open your shoulders here but only the very longest hitters can get home in two. The green is only really in reach when you have driven to a large silver birch on the right. Played as a regular par 5 the large bunker 130 yards short must be avoided. The approach plays longer than it looks so be very accurate with your yardage.

 

Hole 14

A demanding drive, which needs to be hit left of centre to avoid the two bunkers. Too far left however and you will catch the rough robbing you of valuable yards. As with many holes, here your eyes can deceive you on the approach shot so trust your yardage as many come up short.

 

Hole 15

A great par 4 where accuracy rather than length is a premium. You could take a driver and try and blast it past the right hand bunker, or a shorter club to place it between the bunker and the left side gorse. This has an uphill second shot to an undulating green, the easiest putts are from short or right of the hole.

 

Hole 16

A classic par 3 across gorse where only a well struck shot guarantees hitting the green. Anything short will catch sand, and anything right will catch the slope. Fly it in low and you may find yourself in the back bunker. Most putts are straight on this green, so do not be deceived.

 

Hole 17

Your final real birdie chance, but beware and do not try and bite off much of the corner as it is deceptive. The best line is at the 3 tall trees on the horizon forming a aquare. There is plenty of room to the left if you can clear the initial gorse. The second shot tends to kick to the left and another long green needs a well judged approach.

 

Hole 18

A classic finishing hole. Any misdirected shot can easily lead to an ugly six to finish. Both tee shot and approach will roll left, particularly the second shot which can kick violently off the ridges on the left side of the fairway. Out of bounds long and left of the green just adds to the difficultly of this hole. A par here should send you home a proud golfer.

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Thetford Golf Club, Brandon Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 3NE