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Ryder Cup legend officially opens new £15m golf course outside of Norwich

Ian Poulter at the tee on the first hole of Royal Norwich's new multi-million pound course

Professional golfer, Ian Poulter, has teed off on the inaugural round at Royal Norwich Golf Club's new 18-hole course.

The official opening of the new site marks the end of a 10-year vision to create a world class sporting venue in Norfolk.

It is also the first time a 'Royal' golf course has ever relocated to a new site, in this case from Drayton High Road out to the Weston Estate.

It's taken over two years to build both the genderless 18-hole course and the 6-hole academy course at the site of the former Weston Park golf club.

The courses have been completely rebuilt and designed by Ross McMurray from European Golf Design, with only the trees remaining the same.

Ross said: "It's been a real thrill to have played a part in bringing the new Royal Norwich to fruition and incredibly exciting to see the golf course take shape over the last two years.

"I am absolutely delighted with the results and I'm sure that it will be a very happy home for the golf club.

"My congratulations to all the Royal Norwich members and especially to the golf course development group for having the foresight, belief and patience to create something so special and which, I believe, will set a benchmark for golf clubs of the future."

David Coventry, who's the Chairman of Royal Norwich, added: "The whole of the golf industry has been waiting for this project to come to fruition, so we're absolutely delighted to finally open our stunning new course.

"As an organisation we have been working on this project for over 10 years, and to finally see the finished article, is a testament to the staff, partners and members who have all worked, day and night, to create a truly world class sporting and leisure facility for the county.

"We're therefore honoured to have Ryder Cup legend, Ian Poulter, play the first ever round, someone who has embodied the spirit of passion and commitment in modern golf."

General Manager at Royal Norwich and Chair of the Golf Club Managers Association, Phil Grice, said: "The world of golf is evolving rapidly and the traditional gold club needs to keep pace with today's faster-moving lifestyles.

"Royal Norwich has done just that with a course designed to the highest standards combined with a vision to encourage wider participation at every level of the game.

"We believe that by creating a modern place to enjoy your leisure time, which is open and friendly, we will see Royal Norwich flourish and we have had interest from all over the world in how we've planned and executed the project.

"Our approach seems to have worked as demand to play at the new course is extremely strong already and membership of the club is at an all-time high - having risen over 150% in the last two years."

A new state-of-the-art practice range and a Turf Care Centre of Excellence has also been built at the club.

The clubhouse is expected to be officially launched later in the year and has been designed to offer outstanding facilities for leisure and business.

The Stables, as the clubhouse will be known, will feature modern meeting rooms, a restaurant, micro-brewery, bar, pro shop, and changing facilities for members and guests.

Members will be able to play on the new course from Tuesday 17th September.

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