In the beginning (1882), the Home of Bogey (Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club), boasted only 12 holes, six out and six back and later that year another hole (at the turn) was added. By the end of 1883, with sufficient funds available, the club rented a club room over a local hostelry and commissioned the full 18 hole course to be laid out by the notable North Berwick professional, Tom Dunn.
In those early days it was usual to favour golf holes with names and Great Yarmouth & Caister was no exception. Such names, some of them highly aristocratic such as the ‘Nelson’, the ‘Wellington’ accompanied by the ‘Gate-hole’ , the ‘Bunker, the ‘Forth Bridge’ the ‘Short’ and the ‘Windmill’. Sadly these are now no longer used.
The course record in 1890 was recorded by that most famous of amateur golfers Mr Horace G. Hutchinson with a medal score of 76, a prodigious feat when considering the terrain and equipment available.
The club was honoured by Mr Hutchinson accepting the captaincy of the club that same year. The following year Mr Christmas Stephens, a young professional, went round in 68. Changes inevitably have been made to the course over time and the current records are the amateur at nett 65 and the professional standing at 66.
We are grateful to our forebears for establishing such a wonderful golfing links, a joy to play. The subtle difficulties of the course are offset by the wonderful environment enjoyed by golfers and wildlife alike.
A true traditional links experience.