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Channels Golf Club

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Address: Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM33PT, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.6
Rating: 3.6
Opened: 1975
Holes: 27
Type: Parkland
Length: Channels 6257yds; Little Channels 4841yds
Par: Channels 70; Little Channels 64
Rating/SSS: Channel 71; Little Channels 64
Slope:
Green Fees: £45 weekday; £45 weekend
Offers: Open Fairways discount card.
Tel No: 01245 441056
Location: View Map
Website: www.channelsgolf.co.uk
   

Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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More information about Channels Golf Club

Facilities
Hotel. Large clubhouse with excellent catering facilities. Large, fully stocked, professional shop. Golf practice area.
Description
The Channels Complex is set in 300 acres of beautiful mature Essex parkland. Founded in 1974 and starting life as a nine hole course on flat farm land. Over the years the course has expanded onto reclaimed gravel workings. On 1st April, 1994 27 holes were complete and the Little Channels Course was opened. In years to come more holes will be added and eventually there will be two eighteen hole courses. Channels is our main eighteen hole course and mixes some of the old holes with some of the new. A magnificent course, boasting some of the finest greens in the county, superbly managed and kept in peak condition. Being mainly on restored land, it is quite unique to Essex with its numerous lakes and undulating fairways. There are places where the lower handicapper may wish to test his prowess and "go for the carry" over the lakes, or mere mortals can take the safe route down the fairway. Watch out for the 17th, it's a real card wrecker!! Belsteads is our nine hole course which has two different tees for both men and Ladies, so you can in fact play it as a full 18 holes. Although it is not that long at 4779 yards it has three holes where water has to be negotiated and whilst it is an ideal course for golfers new to the game, it is still a good challenge for the more accomplished player. The combination of the excellence of the golf courses and the superb hospitality ensure Channels is an excellent venue to host both private and corporate golfing events. please note as from august 2013 the course has lost 5 holes on the channels and has been replaced by 5 from the belstead so the new holes are 1,2,6,7,8 this has been done as they have sold off the land to built houses

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Number of Reviews: 12

TSG

19 Jul 2016, 15:53
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

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.

  

Handicap: 13
Pro Member

29 Jul 2015, 09:04
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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.

  

Handicap: 5
Pro Member

27 Jul 2014, 07:03
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

Its a £20 course

The greens are good but its an old boys course.

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

19 Aug 2013, 17:31
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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

  

Handicap: 18
Pro Member

05 Nov 2012, 20:43
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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).













  

Handicap: 21
Pro Member

01 Nov 2012, 11:40
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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

  

Handicap: 16

29 Oct 2012, 17:08
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

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.

  

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

31 Jul 2012, 08:44
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 5.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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.


  

TSG

27 Feb 2012, 16:16
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Would like to see it in the summer!

Nice course with some very interesting holes. Beware it is not FLAT! Greens tricky.

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

05 Oct 2009, 11:23
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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!



  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

05 Oct 2009, 10:39
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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

  

Handicap: 14

13 Dec 2008, 14:29
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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.

  




 

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