Norfolk Golf & Country Club, Reymerston, Dereham.
Founded in 1993 and situated at Reymerston near Dereham. There was an 18 hole course of 6,609 yards with a SSS of 72 built to USGA specification and designed by Adas. There was also a nine hole pitch and putt course, 8 bay covered driving range, golf shop, restaurant, function room, day nursery and a fitness club which included three beauty rooms, gym, two swimming pools, spa and sauna. There were about 370 golf members and 460 leisure members.
The club was reluctantly put on the market by the owners in September 2011, it had been running at a loss for a number of years, unfortunately the golf and leisure business was no longer viable. The sale guide price was £1.6 million. It was thought that several of the prospective buyers were keen to keep it as a golf and leisure complex, it certainly had tremendous potential. Unfortunately none of these potential buyers came forward when offers were invited in November. The site was eventually purchased by a local farmer and the 159 acres would revert to its original use as farmland.
In the end the clubs tremendous potential never materialised. The complex closed on the 23rd December 2011. Obviously the news came as bitter blow to both members and staff. The PGA professional, Tony Varney, had been at the club for 14 years. Club officials at this sad time were; Alec Thornber, captain; Grahame Moore, seniors’ captain; Angela Savory-Moll, ladies captain; Wendy Shadrack, president.
The card below differs in yardage from the original, and probably includes later course changes, but it does give some idea to the course layout.
Above is the entrance to what was the Norfolk Golf & Country Club in Reymerston. The blue gate in the foreground belonged to the club and was locked at night. About 40 yards down the drive you can just make out a gate that’s across the driveway and a fence that goes round what looks like most of the club. In the background you can see a brick building this was used as the clubs creche, yes in its heyday people would drop their kids off and play golf or use the other facilities. To the right of that building you can see the driving range bays. The grass you can see on either side of the driveway has been very well tended, if it wasn't for the locked gate and the fence the entrance looks as it did when it was open as a golf course. It would be very interesting to see what remains of the course but that’s not possible now as it’s privately owned.