Review's of Canons Brook Golf Club
Nice course, fairly tight tree lined fairways
Played after many days of heavy rain. Course and greens in surprisingly good nick. Would definitely recommend. Looking forward to playing again when trees have foliage and ground is dry. Nice Clubhouse & friendly pro
Lots of variety and a fair challenge
Played in March 2016 after plenty of rain and the course was in fair condition. Looking forward to playing again where a little knowledge will go a long way - I hope. Value for money based on discounted rate of £20. I didn't use clubhouse or practice facilities
A classy mature parkland course
I really like Canons Brook, I've only played it twice but its tough. Certainly not a beginners course, beautifully kept. The rough is as hard as it gets. Even the first cut can be very difficult. There are no easy holes at Canons brook all have an element that will try and trip you up.
Staff are very friendly and its great value for money!
Well worth a visit.
Not being a long hitter i did worry about playing Essex's only par 73 golf course. However it was a pleasure. Some real tricky tee shots, you have to think on this course or you WILL be punished.
Clubs house very nice and pro welcomed us very well. As for the food it was of not only good quality but quantity to.
Would go back to this course no doubt.
Tricky course with some ok holes, you need to know the lie of the land for this one as there are some blind shots.
Horses for Courses
Situated in the midst of the new town development, there may be a trade off between panoramic views and the challenge of getting around in the least number of strokes. This coure represents a fair test for all levels of competence, and whilst there is some evidence of urban sprawl, including the proximity of the Stansted Express, nearby football stadium, greyhound racing track, industrialisation, this course makes the best use of sports covenented real estate.
'Some interesting holes' in fact most holes have features that can provide good memories or continuing nightmares...
So if you want birdsong, to be surrouned by nature, with panoramic views of rolling hills and or seascapes (with greens and fairways of dubious quality) then Harlow may not be your first choice.. BUT if you want to be challenged, on a championship-grade course then this may be a place to come back to.
If you didn't enjoy it the first time, it's harder the second time...
But always a fair challenge... and the last 4 closing holes will test even the best...
I've yet to master the 14th as well... come to think of it there's a number of holes I haven't ever mastered...
Treat it as a whole experience, easy parking, good clubhouse facilities, good onsite pro shop, practice facilities are just across the brook, good condition, slick greens, mature trees, lots of hazards, friendly locals and generally a good reception... at a reasonable price £...
Overall I can live without the panoramic views of rolling hills (this is west essex it's a bit flat) or the seascape once in a while... in return for being made welcome...
Clever and well maintained.
First visit to this highly rated and much talked about course.Clearly knowing your way around is very important, if of line expect to be punished and the greens are super fast.Fantastic layout and a test for all.Every stroke on your hcp will be needed.Some of the best par4s in the area.Concentrate or else! Good value thanks to Darren otherwise can be expensive.
Over rated……………depending on your stance?
As I drove past a modern housing estate, and the Sat Nav indicated just 1.4 miles to go I found myself questioning if this is really where the highly rated Canons Brook was located?
The car park is fine, and the clubhouse looked OK (I never went in). Onto the 1st T and the first thing I noticed was the noise of the nearby road! As the round progressed the various surrounding noises would come from 2 cricket games, traffic, police sirens, football being played behind some concrete/fenced area,and what sounded like a pack of dogs in kennels. The views would include a large block of flats, industrial storage units, cricket games, and the aforementioned concrete wall, with metal fence on top. The actual course is quite nice with a few interesting holes. All the greens were in tip-top condition, and very fast. We had a deal allowing us to play for £15 on a Saturday; however, I would not pay any more to play here. For me there’s more to my game than hitting a ball around a course in the least possible shots! For me it’s about the scenery, the piece and quite other than the sounds of birds, and wildlife. For those reasons alone I personally would not rush back to Canons Brook.
Good course, wrong location!!
Will go Back again.
A nice course an interesting Design, practice putting greens could have been in a better place, greens fast, Got a very good deal for a four ball only £60, did'nt go in clubhouse.
This is a peach of a course. Fairways short, first cut almost hides the ball.... Don't go any further, it's probably lost. Greens run true, but a little slower today due to the dampness. I shall have to try this course again - no rain please!
Definitely worth playing.
The first 15 holes are Medium/Open fairways with the last 3 holes having tighter fairways. Some of the fairways were undulating with water hazards. The course had a nice design. Fairways, bunkers & greens were true and all in good condition. I found the course very testing course because of the undulating ground and the design. Definitely worth playing.
Liked it very much. 2nd time on this course!
A very well kept course, fairways and greens in really good condition. Not for the faint hearted. A little boldness and confidence in your ability required to achieve a reasonable score.
Recent updates are now complete...
We've been back a few times and the 10th (which was a temporary green) is transformed into a swan of a hole. Now it is 60 yards shorter and reachable in 2 (a good challenge) for even us higher handicappers. Nice new green is slick and 'undulating' by design... it will only get better...
The rest of the course is well maintained, greens slick and fair... and like others have commented - stray from the fairway at your peril, lots of scope for lost balls.
Possible the best closing 3 hole combination I have seen, notable feature holes that stick in the memory long after the round is over. Now that we have had a little local rain the course will be just about perfect, nice cut to the ground, adequate roll and superb greens.
Breakfast of course would be available by pe-arrangment for small groups of 12 or more (or we can tag onto the back of another society when the chef will have already arrived).
Limited practice facilities at the moment - but there are plans to develop... it doesn't detract from the experience.
Good scores are possible, locals tell me that greens should not over-borrow... I guess they mean I should aim more at the holes rather than allowing extravagent borrows...
Well worth a revisit... is playing superbly at the moment and will be good well into December... Definately green and pleasant...
Come and see for yourself...
very good condition this time of year
Great Day out
Nice course and great company made the day a worthwhile one. The course is quite open and not a lot of water hazards. Some tricky holes, especially the par 3 Willow pond, only 116 from the yellow tee, but quite a test for a short hole. The course was in good condition when we played on 28-3-2011. The price was good and the staff seemed nice.
Fair Challenge now that the nights draw in
Currently playing off temp tees - not distracting from the excellent condition of the course (even after a couple of days worth of heavy rain). Temporary green at the 10th allows a good look at the newly-laid 10th scheduled to be in play in the Spring. Good challenge for all, sensible play rewarded accordingly but scope for glory-shots on occasion.
Well worth another trip out...
Played it once, loved it
Seriously guys, If you want to get challenged off of yellow tees, this course will do it. There is one green being played with a temporary green, but the other greens are as good as you'll find. And man are they nice and quick. keep it straight and you can score ok, dont hit near the fairways and it'll bite ya where you dont want it to. Clubhouse was nice, good service and food was adequate. I reckon I'll be playing there again next month. Lok on my friends list for Stephen slater if you want to join his little society playing there. we get a good rate too with Stephen. Enjoy
Nice, parkland course
I played here after a weekend of heavy rain. The fairways and greens were wet.
Some very interesting holes, and the river that runs through the course comes into play on a few holes.
A really nice, parkland course that does appear to be well looked after.
Staff were friendly and helpful, although no breakfast before 11am!!!
I'm really looking forward to playing this course again
Unbiased opinion - course played February 8th.
Event though the course was more than a little damp - the greens played true and the course was in OK condition (well looked after over the Christmas period when it laid under a blanket of snow for quite a while).
At the time of play temporary tees were in play (and these were mats which could take a tee without needing to drill the hole first) but there was no adverse effect.
Only 2 temporary green in play - somethign to do with planning permissions - whicc meant that one hole payed 60 yards shorter (temporary green must gave been OK as I managed to Par).
Major reconstruction of the 14th hole, now includig a brand new lake and extensive OOB down the right, when complete this will be another feature hole at this course.
Now that the large Oak tree has been removed from the First hole, it should be a lot lot easier but still manages to catch the unwary....
Good challenge - even in a minor blizzard - for all handicaps... Club house was a we,come sight and lucnh was good.
The only thing missing is a driving range... but then again just get out and play...
Difficult to give a fair review of this course as it snowed for half the time we were on the course! Having said that, the greens were in great condition for the time of year and there are some challenging holes. Fairly flat and open and it felt like it could do with a little tidying up in places but I understand it is about to undergo a major renovation soon. Friendly enough staff but I wouldnt rush back.
Sometimes I am allowed here
I have to make best use of this course, my good lady wife works in the office and ocasionally I was allowed out on the course (never gratis though).
I've bought the Commedians Golfing Society here a couple of times and although the improvements at 14 are still ongoing - the removal of the big big Oak from the 1st gives a slightly less daunting start to a challenging round - on one of the best courses the CGS has ever played. Good scores are possible, every hole has its own challenge... I would suggest that each round would be different... and it's clear to see why members - who have left - always come back and rejoin.
Clubhouse facilities are of good quality, lots of onsite parking, but as ever I wouldn't recommend leaving anything of value in your car... as the car park is open on all sides and is not possible to police.
Great course, with onsite marshals to guide and help... this would be a great day out for society or main event.
I'd always go back - if I am allowed...