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Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Course
Home to the oldest club in Norfolk, this classic links site has been described as being a "traditional and honest … exciting links course with plenty of challenge." The Great Yarmouth & Caister classic links golf course is just 2.5 miles away from Imperial Hotel, an easy 5 minute drive. Designed for all year round use, it's an exhilarating course to play, with sea views making the most of it's coastal location.
A bit about the course
Great Yarmouth & Caister golf course is 2.5 miles away from Imperial Hotel, down a gravel drive lined with trees, just on the right after the village sign as you arrive in Caister-on-Sea. There’s a large car park next to the clubhouse, which is newly decorated with comfy chairs and a large bar. The changing rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean, perfect for freshening up after a game.
Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club is the oldest club in Norfolk, founded in 1882. Members have played for the Blackheath Medal since 1900; the club has proud links with Royal Blackheath to this day.
The club has been on its current site since 1920. The golf course is intertwined with Great Yarmouth Racecourse, so there’s a bit of ducking and diving under the racecourse rails at some holes, adding to the adventure. The distinctive orange and proudy independent Caister Lifeboat station marks the most northern edge of the course.
The course has a beautiful, coastal position and the 18 varied holes have made the most of its natural location. Watched over by Scroby Sands turbines, the UK’s first ever off-shore wind farm, it’s a relatively level, all-weather, all-season golf course with sea views and vibrant green and yellow gorse bushes.
The course is open all day, all year round, apart from race days when tee-off times change, depending on whether it’s an afternoon or evening race meeting.
There’s an unusual start at the first hole with no less than two opportunities to venture through the racetrack barriers. Initially, the course is played inside the racetrack on pure links land with tight, fast-running, sandy fairways including several tough two-shot holes, low-lying dunes and bunkers made from wooden sleepers. Golfers must use a periscope to see if the fairway is clear on a partially blind hole that swings to the left, there’s also a ditch to avoid and a hole with a two-tiered green.
The second half includes holes played through valleys of dunes and gorse, a plateau green, a sunken green with wooden-faced sand traps, a huge hollow, plenty of gorse with bright yellow flowers from January to June, a long par three and a tight, driving hole to round off.
Altogether, it’s a superb classic links coastal golf course, with added challenge on breezy days. We’d strongly recommend playing two rounds if you can, as no two days’ play are ever the same. In addition, well-behaved dogs are welcome at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Course, and also in the clubhouse, ideal if your four-legged friend enjoys a golfing break with you.
A one night overnighter golf break, or a two night golf break, staying at Imperial Hotel are the perfect way to enjoy a coastal golfing holiday. There are also two competitive golf breaks available to visitors, the Caister Pairs and the Senior Pairs.
And after you've played your 18 holes, it's an easy 5 minute drive back along the seafront to Imperial Hotel, ready for a well earned drink in Bar Fizz before dinner.