The Course is a 9 Hole parkland course well maintained with hedges, dykes, avenues of trees and two ponds. It can be found on the bypass road around the Fen Market town of March steeped in railway history … including the location of one of the largest marshalling yards in Europe back in the 1940’s. The Great Eastern Railway (GER) serving March was a railway group prior to the British Railway company, which was formed in 1923. Coincidentally, the same year of 1923 that March Golf Club was also founded.
March Golf Club began in 1923 at Cavalry Barn Farm where three fields totaling 40 acres were rented from Mr. Frank Sole. The land was grazed by cattle so steps were over fences, greens were fenced off and fairways were only allowed to be cut periodically. The land rent was £20 per annum, membership 3 Guineas and Green fees for the occasional visitor was 2s. 0d. per day. The late Bill Randall of Knights End Road caddied for some golfers on this course and received 6d for his labours.
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Stonea railway station is a former railway station serving the small village of Stonea, Cambridgeshire. Although the station closed in 1966, the line is still in use today.
A very difficult lob back to a downhill green of Stonea awaits! If you are to miss the narrow green, best to be short as an easier rolling shot is available for the next one.
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Guyhirne railway station was a located at Ring’s End near Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire on the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway… between Spalding and March. It was originally opened by GNR in 1867 and was closed to passengers by the British Transport Commission due to low usage, in 1953.
Guyhirne is an extremely tough hole, usually played into the breeze. Hitting the fairway from the tees is a must, if the hole is to be reached in regulation!
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Salhouse railway station is managed by Greater Anglia and can be found on the Bittern Line in Norfolk, serving the village of Salhouse. It is just 5 miles out of Norwich terminus and the next station is Hoveton & Wroxham.
Hit that fairway on Salhouse! A decision has to be made, whether to lay up or go over the ditch lying 130 yards from the green. Less trouble if you miss the approach shot right.
Murrow East railway station, in Murrow, Cambridgeshire was one of two stations serving this settlement. It was found on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway line, between Wisbech and Peterborough.
O.O.B. left from the tee and overhit second shots on Murrow East. Be sure to play to the fatter part of the fairway to leave a clear shot to the undulating green.
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Mellis railway station, Suffolk was opened in 1849 by the Eastern Union Railway. It was on the Great Eastern Main Line between Norwich and London. It became a junction when the Eye Branch was opened in 1867. The station closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1966.
O.O.B. left again and bunkers short require a long, high shot to the large green. All the trouble is short so ensure you take enough club!
Between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton is where you will find Wolferton Royal Railway Station. The railway line which opened in 1862 to serve the village of Wolferton, soon became well known as the nearest station to Sandringham House and the Royal Trains that visited, hence the name. It closed in 1969 but is now privately owned and parts are Grade II listed and the platform is still open on a daily basis.
At last Wolferton Royal is a hole without O.O.B. A good high drive towards the pond on the fairway will set up the best approach. Avoid the bunkers short of the fastest green on the course!
March railway station is on the Peterborough to Ely line the East of England and serves our town of March. The station, opened in 1847 and once a major junction with a number of lines. The station has since been reduced in importance, with several of the lines being dismantled or mothballed.
A difficult hole into the wind if you intend to “go for March” in two. Treat with caution – the hedges are brutal!
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The Newmarket and Chesterford Railway opened the station of Six Mile Bottom in 1848. It can be found on the Ipswich to Cambridge line between Dullingham and Fulbourn serving the village of the same name until it’s closure in 1967. The station buildings and one platform remain as a private residence.
Notoriously one of the most difficult short holes in the county! A long accurate shot is needed to find the green. Sometimes best to play short and chip on!
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