Royal Norwich’s switch gathers pace as work starts on new course at Weston Park

Royal Norwich Golf Club and MJ Abbott Ltd sign development contracts. Front: David Coventry, chairma

Royal Norwich Golf Club and MJ Abbott Ltd sign development contracts. Front: David Coventry, chairman of Royal Norwich and Jonathon Abbott, managing director of MJ Abbott. Back row: Jeremy Slessor, MD of European Golf Design, Peter Todd, head of estates/director of Royal Norwich, Phil Grice general manager/ director of Royal Norwich, Brew Craig, director of Royal Norwich, Richard Utting, project manager, Steve Briggs, contracts manager, MJ Abbott, Ross Mcmurray, principle designer European Golf Design. Picture: Keith Whitmore - Credit: Keith Whitmore

The redevelopment of the former Weston Park golf course is now under way, with Royal Norwich set to relocate to the Lenwade venue in two years time.

Work on the multi-million pound redevelopment of the former Weston Park golf course is now under way

Work on the multi-million pound redevelopment of the former Weston Park golf course is now under way. Picture: Mike Harrington - Credit: Archant

Ground has been broken at Royal's Norwich's new home following the appointment of course contractors MJ Abbott to begin the £4.5million re-development.

The existing lay-out will be remodelled to create an 18-hole championship course and an academy lay-out while work on a new clubhouse will be starting early next year, all of which will be ready by the summer of 2019.

The transformation of the club's traditional base at Hellesdon into a housing development is now set to gather pace, with early work under way, although the course will remain open until the new one is ready.

Royal Norwich have signed a contract with MJ Abbott, in conjunction with course designers European Golf Design, who have worked on projects including Woburn Golf and Country Club, Celtic Manor and The Carrick on Loch Lomond.


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'MJ Abbott Ltd are very pleased to be awarded the contract for this prestigious new project,' said contracts director Steve Briggs.

'Projects of this scale have been rare in recent years and we look forward to delivering a first-class project to match the club's vision and expectations for this exciting project.'

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Peter Todd was recently appointed head of estates at Royal Norwich to oversee the development, following roles at Gleneagles and The London Club.

He said: 'I knew once I saw the 18th century parkland landscape featuring free draining soils and mature trees this was going to be a fantastic piece of land to build on, so it's great to be finally breaking ground on the site and begin work.

We have a great team in place to deliver an outstanding course and I can't wait to see it take shape.'

Earlier this year, the club announced the sale of its Hellesdon course to Persimmon Homes for a £10million re-development.

New work is now under way to enhance the quality of course during the transition, with a couple of new holes having been created.

For further information of Royal Norwich Golf Club visit www.royalnorwichgolf.co.uk

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