Ross McMurray to design 27 new holes as part of Royal Norwich’s relocation

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    The new site of Royal Norwich Golf Club at Weston Park

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

European Golf Design’s Ross McMurray has been selected to design 27 new holes as part of the relocation of the Royal Norwich Golf Club in Norfolk, UK.

The club is looking to move from its present site at Hellesdon to a new site at Weston Park, and planning permission has now been granted.

Plans for the new site, which is currently occupied by the Weston Park Golf Club, include the creation of a new 18-hole course playing from 5,500 yards to 7,150 yards in length. 

A nine-hole short course will also be created to provide a quicker round option for players, and a less demanding challenge for juniors and new players.

McMurray commented: “I am delighted that Broadland District Council Planning Committee has given its approval for this exciting new project, subject to the 106 agreements being finalised. Having worked with Royal Norwich Golf Club for some six years I know just how pleased and excited everyone is to reach this important milestone. Royal Norwich has a very clear vision of its future and what is required from the new facilities that will be created at Weston Park and it has been a pleasure to assist the club’s development committee in the planning of their future home.”

A start date for the work has not been confirmed as of yet, though McMurray told GCA it was hoped work would begin this September. 

“Our aim is not only to create the premier members golf club in the region but to provide courses that will appeal to golfers of all ages as part of Royal Norwich Golf Club’s objective to create a warm and friendly environment for their members, families and guests,” McMurray added. “With the drive and ambition of Royal Norwich I am confident that this exciting new development will be a huge success and will perhaps provide a template for the rejuvenation of other golf clubs around the country.”

Golf will continue at the existing Royal Norwich site until the new courses are ready for play. Around 1,000 new homes will then be built on the former site.