Monday, 16 April 2012

Eaton Golf Course, Norwich

The site of the first nine holes on Eaton Golf Course was originally part of Eaton Common. This once public land, on which there had been human settlement for at least four thousand years, was turned over to Eaton Golf Club and incorporated into the course at the turn of the twentieth century.

Three barrows dating from the Bronze Age are visible on the course today. The first, and smallest one, lies just behind the tenth green; the second to the right-hand side of the eighteenth, about a hundred yards from the green; and the third at the end of the practice ground, farthest from the club house.

The barrows are distinguished by a mound on which scotch pines have been planted. There is a theory which postulates that these pines are in fact descendants of similar trees planted by the Bronze Age people who settled there, their evergreen nature being symbolic of the belief in the immortality of those interred.

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