23 September 2019

Royal Norwich relocates to new home at Weston Estate

After more than twenty years of planning Royal Norwich has finally relocated to its new home at Weston Estate, a few miles outside the city.

Royal Norwich relocates to new home at Weston Estate

3rd Hole, Royal Norwich

The golf course, designed by EIGCA Member Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, was officially opened for play by Ian Poulter, who took time out from his BMW PGA Championship preparations to play the course on Monday 16th September.

The move for Royal Norwich comes after 125 years at its Hellesdon site and after selling that property to Persimmon Homes.

Ross McMurray commented: “From the start our design goals have been inspired by the wishes of Royal Norwich. The club developed a clear vision for its future and set strategic aims which helped us to define the design requirements on the Weston Estate. ‘Acknowledge our heritage and embrace the future’ was one of Royal Norwich’s fundamental objectives and so we have gone to great lengths to design a golf course which is very modern in its outlook but respects and responds to the existing landscape. I wanted the course to possess an immediate sense of maturity so that it sat comfortably within this fabulous parkland and I’m delighted that this has been achieved.”

“The club wanted the course to be long enough to challenge the best golfers if required, but most importantly it needed to be a course which was playable for higher handicaps and short enough for golfers of all standards to enjoy. The course measures over 7,200 yards from the back tees but only 5,330 from the forward tees, so there should be a course length that is suitable for everyone. I’m sure the members will find it great fun.”

As well as the new 18 hole course at Royal Norwich, European Golf Design has also created a six hole Academy Course. Built to the same standards as the main course it provides a much shorter golf experience with three par 3s and three par 4s and should take no more than one hour to play. The Academy Course has been an important part of the proposals from the start and it fulfils another key objective for Royal Norwich, to ensure there is a clear members' journey in place from junior through to senior.

The courses were built by MJ Abbott, an EIGCA Bronze Partner, whilst EIGCA Gold Partner Rain Bird provided a fully integrated irrigation solution through their IC system, designed by EIGCA Affiliate Victor Jamieson of Irritech. EIGCA Bronze Partners, Profile Products and Capillary Concrete, all played major roles during the development and maintenance machinery was provided by Toro, another Gold Partner. Ross McMurray said: “It’s been a real privilege to be involved on this project and to work with such a great team of people, and especially so many of our EIGCA Partners. Everyone involved, from contractors to suppliers and consultants, has bought into Royal Norwich’s vision and I think the results speak for themselves”.

Ross continued: “I must say I am full of admiration for what Royal Norwich have done. To relocate their golf course and also change the whole structure and strategy of their club has been a magnificent achievement. They deserve every plaudit and I hope what they have done provides a template for other golf clubs to follow.”

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