If you want a dry course in the winter?
I expect many of you like me experiencing the wettest winter in living memory, dream of finding a dry course? Well we found one in the enchanting 9 hole Dereham course. It was roughly a 200 mile round trip, but it was the only course we could find in East Anglia without a buggy ban.
The club could not have been friendlier, members, the secretary and all the staff welcomed us like returning friends.
Dereham is situated about 10 miles from Norwich and is not that easy to get to in a hurry, but we did it in about 2 hours.
The course is mature parkland and is 90 years old. The greens are smallish but fast.
We got around 9 holes in about 1.45 so were on target for a 3.30 round. not to bad for a three ball.
We had members behind us who pushed as ever so slightly but not to hard.
There were a couple of matt tees and one temporary green.
I was leading with 21 points after 11 when we called it a day during another deluge.
I found the course offered something for everyone. At just over 6,000 yards its certainly not short. Some long par fours and 6 par threes. No water at all on the course other than the rain, which the secretary kept apologising about.
When we came in i had a fish finger sandwich which warmed me up for £4.75.
Cost of a buggy was £18. Our green fee was free as we had a voucher but I think its around £20. membership is £560 per year if you thinking of moving near Norwich.
All in all a great traditional British parkland course with very friendly members a real treat to visit. Its bone dry all year round so give it a try if like me you've hardly played in the last 5 months!