Royal Cromer Golf Club
Oscar Wilde wrote: "I find Cromer excellent for writing but the golf even better."
Golf Course Review
The Royal Cromer Golf Club is the second oldest golf club in Norfolk. Located 320 feet above the North Sea on the Norfolk coastline, this cliff-top links provides stunning views but also a lighthouse!
Royal Cromer Golf Club History
The club officially opened on January 2, 1888, with a nine-hole course. Henry Broadhurst and George Fernie were behind the design. Old Tom visited in 1891 and set out 9 holes before returning in 1895 to lay out another 9 holes.
Harry Colt changed the opening hole in 1911 before JH Taylor finalised the position of the clubhouse and made some minor tweaks in 1912. The course reopened for play on March 17, 1913.
Following the decline of the club during WW1, James Braid was employed to adjust greens, tees, and bunkers in 1924.
For 55 years the course would serve the club well until coastal erosion would claim two holes. Frank Pennink added the new 2nd and 3rd in 1979 and few changes have taken place since.
Royal Cromer Golf Club & Women’s Golf
Royal Cromer Golf Club was the first to host an international women’s match between Amerian and Britain in 1905. This match became the forerunner to the Curtis Cup. In 1988, two Curtis Cup teams returned to play a match in period dress.
Royal Cromer Golf Club’s Royal Heritage
Further information on the club and its history can be found in Scott Macpherson‘s book, Golf’s Royal Clubs.
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Featured Architect: Alister MacKenzie
As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...