Review's of Channels Golf Club
Nice course - redesign cofusing
Not played Channels for many years. Now very different. No course planner/guide available. Golf GPS very confused, as was I. Greens excellent, fairways etc good. All in all nice, but they must sort out course mapping etc.
Was once an Essex Gem
Yesterday was my first visit to Channels since its rebirth. The course lost 5 holes to land sold off for development. The first six hole are much of a muchness all par fours all flanked with trees. The greens were fast but receptive to a pitch. The holes were poorly cut some the sides had collapsed a little, between the four ball we had 10 rim/lip outs I had four. Only three par threes and one par 5 makes it tough for those that don't hit it a country mile. Hole two and 15 are huge par 4's 450ish 15 is up hill, I bogeyed it but its tough to par. Channels has loads of water so bring plenty of balls. I enjoyed the new par 5 had a birdie chance but a par in that wind I'd take. I used to really like Channels but feel it is way behind where it was a few years ago, its still a descent track but I only paid £27, I would not pay more. We were unlucky with the weather which was very windy perhaps that and that I did not play very well have made my comments more negative than they should be? Three out of five from me.
Its a £20 course
The greens are good but its an old boys course.
New course layout as August 2013
As August 2013 Channels has lost 5 of its main holes number 1,2,6,7,8 due to them selling land for houses, its been replaced with 5 holes from the Belstead tranfered to Channels I prefered it before the change but this wont stop me playing there again
A welcome return
Beautifully laid out to make best use of the copious number of water hazards. Nicely undulating, a stiff test of ability - both golf and walking, on the day played, ball spotting was difficult if the ball was off the fairway. Wind and chill conspired to make this very challenging. Care required on most holes, but do take the time to enjoy the panorama. Sat Nav send me down a long country path, good parking and a nice stroll through the bar/restuarant area. Staff more than welcoming, cuisine (before and after golf) was of commendable quality. This would be a favourite club if it were closer to me, But well worth the trip, and though the course is not excessively long - it is long enough to challenge. A good course to think your way around, not easy by any means (lots of tee shots over water).
cant wait to play again
channels was the best course i have played since i played at woburn,every hole was different,some very good water holes and in general a very good test of golf
Well worth the money
Very nice course, shame it was a bit boggy on the first few fairways. Would definitely play here again (preferably in drier conditions!) Overall a very tidy course with some nice looking holes.
Quite simply one of the best courses I have ever played.
Mature parkland course, with undulating fairways with water hazards. With fast true greens. The first few holes are very straight forward. After the 4th the course gets interesting as you go round. Fairways, bunkers & greens were in fantastic condition. Large practise area with a bunker, driving net, putting, chipping green, & friendly staff. At £45 mid week is pricey, but using 2-4-1 vouchers made it more affordable at £22.50 to play. This is my sort of course I definitely be a member.
Would like to see it in the summer!
Nice course with some very interesting holes. Beware it is not FLAT! Greens tricky.
Thought I'd written a review for this course......
....but obviously not! Totally echo the previous comments - a good testing course that is well worth a visit!
Channels Golf Club
super place course was in fantastic condition lovely grassy fairways thick first cut rough and very nice greens cannot find fault with the course or the clubhouse
Worth a visit
Channels is a nice course. There are some really nice picture holes. Water hazards on some holes. The course is in a very good condition.