Hunstanton blends modern and traditional

Hunstanton Golf Club is in the throes of major change indoors and out on the course.

The north west Norfolk club, overlooking The Wash, has completed a 5-year development programme of its Top 100 championship links course under the guidance of leading golf architects Martin Hawtree.

It also harbours expansive plans for its coastal clubhouse and has already unveiled a dazzling conversion of its men’s changing room, installed by Crown Sports Lockers.

Club and house committee member Dan Messias is helping project manage total refurbishment of the 1920s clubhouse. Rebuilding the kitchen was the first step, with bar extension, lounge and dining room upgrades planned to follow.

“We are remaining faithful to the traditions of the club while introducing a modern twist and making the most of our commanding views of the sea and course,” he explains.

“We have plenty of elevated holes with great views and the panoramas from the clubhouse balcony down the 18th to the first are to die for, taking in the sea and the beach huts.”

Second stage though was the men’s locker room. “We toyed with the idea upgrading our existing wooden lockers, installed 50 years ago, but to fit new locks, nameplate and upgrade would have been too costly so we decided to install brand new all-singing, all-dancing lockers.”

“I thought we could introduce something exciting, so spoke to my interior designer contacts in London to get their take on the project. Our interior designer David Hales Interior Design, had worked with Crown Sports Lockers before so we called them and other suppliers in to discuss our requirements.

“Crown proved to be far superior,” says Dan – “highly professional. Project manager Sam Palmer came to see us several times to discuss the plans. He was straight-talking. If something needed doing to revise plans he said they would come back to us and they did. Sam talked me through everything and we developed a strong working relationship. It’s a great help to have a single point of contact rather than being passed from pillar to post.

“The fitters and lockers arrived bang on time early doors. Two days later, the next set of lockers arrived and within a few days the project was completed, not fuss no issues.”

Crown fitted 79 golf bag lockers, four double lockers large enough to accommodate two bags, 28 holdall lockers to store valuables and 30 coin-operated visitor lockers, which take the new pound coin. “We have plenty of society days and club matches so need this number of coin-op lockers to meet demand,” says Dan.

Newly illuminated with crisp white LED pendant-style lighting, the locker room offers a striking contrast of stained cherry lockers, `elephant’s breath` cubicles and cupboards in the washrooms.

“Truly a bespoke finish,” adds Dan, “while retaining the traditions of the club. “Members have hailed the new facility and all lockers have been rented out,”

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“A single point of contact is such a great help” Dan Messias, Project co-ordinator