Below you will find our golf course reviews from venues in the East Midlands of England & East Anglia including Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Hunstanton is a fine championship links situated on the edge of The Wash in North-West Norfolk.
I've been raving about the golf course at Hollinwell to anybody who would listen for the last 20 years since I first played here.
Royal West Norfolk Golf Club, often referred to as Brancaster, is a quirky course that time has forgotten about. And it’s much the better for that.
There are few better places to enjoy a full day of golfing than at Woodhall Spa.
The Purdis Heath layout at Ipswich Golf Club is an intimate heathland course played over rolling terrain and through beautiful, tranquil woodland in the heart of Suffolk.
Royal Worlington & Newmarket at Mildenhall is a golf course that I have wanted to visit for a long time.
Seacroft is a golf course for those who like their links golf pure and undiluted.
Sherwood Forest is a superb heathland golf course that is played over an amazing isolated property which reveals its full beauty through holes seven to 14, both visually and playing wise.
Coxmoor Golf Club is currently three years into a 10-15 year project to restore their course back to its true heathland characteristic.
Northamptonshire County Golf Club at Church Brampton is a big, bold and at times intimating heathland course that provides one of the sternest inland tests in the country.
Sheringham is a spectacular clifftop links golf course with a number of memorable holes.
The more I play in Suffolk the more impressed I become by the quality of courses available in this often underrated county.
I arrived at Luffenham Heath Golf Club on a beautifully bright and mild March morning after a pleasant and stress-free two hour drive.
At just 5,700 yards Cavendish may be on the short side in terms of length but there is nothing lacking in the amount of fun that can be had at this Derbyshire delight.
Firstly, I need to state I personally don’t think that tight, tree-lined courses generally produce the best of golf. Strategy is diminished, playing surfaces can be affected and repeatedly asking a golfer to simply keep his ball on the straight and narrow, and punishing them if they don’t, doesn’t really do it for me. I prefer angles and wide open spaces.
I’ve never known an inland golf course play as firm and fast in March as Thetford did on my first ever visit to this lovely Norfolk venue.
In my experience the vast majority of coastal golf courses that are situated close to the sea, but are not on linksland, usually fail to deliver and I ultimately come away disappoint. Thorpeness, however, is a clear exception to the rule.
Flempton is a lovely, tucked away, nine-holer close to the market town of Bury St. Edmunds in the sleepy Suffolk countryside.
The modest 6,000-yard, par 69 course at Bungay & Waveney Valley Golf Club, established in 1889, is yet another Suffolk treat in a county that continually delivers fine inland golf.
Royal Cromer, founded in 1888, was originally designed by Old Tom Morris and has recently been recognised as one of the top 100 golf courses in England.
Worksop is a lovely fast running woodland course with sandy fairways and tricky greens.
Great Yarmouth & Caister was founded in 1882 making it the oldest golf club in Norfolk. It’s also one of the best.
The Leicestershire Golf Club was founded in 1890 and is an established parkland course that maximises the use of the land it is played over particular well for a course of this style.
Located on sandy ground, just to the west of Northampton, Brampton Heath is a semi-heathland course that belies its age of less than two decades.
Charnwood Forest is one the most interesting, natural and best nine-holers I have played.
The Martello course at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the only links course in Suffolk and one of only a handful in East Anglia.
The North Shore Golf Club at Skegness is a member of the Association of James Braid Courses and mixes parkland style holes with others that contain an element of links golf.
The Bracken course provides a contrasting challenge to the Hotchkin. On this more modern layout you will find large undulating greens and water hazards the main obstacles to putting a good score together.
The East Coast of England, with the exception of East Anglia, is a fairly barren place for links golf.