Graphic: Norwich club reveals its vision for the future

Royal Norwich Golf Club that was granted its royal status in 1936. Raising the lag for the Jubilee l

Royal Norwich Golf Club that was granted its royal status in 1936. Raising the lag for the Jubilee left to right Phil Grice, general manager, Gordon Cartwright, captain, Patrick Cook, president, Sue Heeles, club administrator, and Rebecca Shubrook , front of house manager.Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Royal Norwich officials have released the first details of their club's proposed relocation to Weston Park.

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The plans include the development of a brand new 27 hole golf course and state of the art practice facilities, with the aim of attracting golfers of all ages and abilities.

Renowned designer Ross McMurray of European Golf Design has been working with a remit of providing a Championship level golfing facility which will appeal to all golfers.

McMurray, who was the principle designer of both the 2010 Ryder Cup Course at Celtic Manor and the Marquess Course at Woburn, brings a wealth of experience to the project and has been a frequent visitor to the site during 2014 in order to develop a scheme which fits the precise requirements of the club.

Commenting on the plans he said; 'I'm really excited about the potential of this site. It is a fantastic plot of land with some lovely features that can be used to create something very special. The mix of mature woodland and specimen trees already provides a wonderful backdrop and our new plans have been carefully considered in order to have minimal impact on the landscape.

'We will be using the existing corridors through the woodland and also creating separation between the new golf holes with large areas of new planting.

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'Our brief is to create the premier members' golf club in this region and we certainly believe we can develop a high quality golf course which will challenge the best golfers, yet be enjoyable and fun for all other players. Indeed part of our brief is also to design a nine hole course which will appeal to golfers of all ages as part of Royal Norwich Golf Club's vision to develop facilities for families.'

Royal Norwich general manager Phil Grice is excited that plans for the new course have now been drawn up.

He said: 'This initial routing ensures we can get 27 great quality holes and all the desired golf academy and practice facilities within the land available. The next stage is to bring together the various reports such on hydrology, topography and ecology, amongst many others, which will help Ross plot out the details of each hole within this design.'

The redevelopment at Weston Park hinges on the proposed sale of the current Royal Norwich course at Hellesdon for a housing development.

The club are hoping to present those proposals to the planning authorities in either May or June next year. Should they be approved within six months work could start on the new course as early as January, 2016. Course construction and 'grow in' would take two years, so the potential opening date for the new course is early 2018.

In the meantime it will be business as usual in Hellesdon, with the club's current home set to host golf for at least another three years.

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