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Forrester Park Golf Club

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Address: Beckingham Road, Great Totham, Nr Maldon, Essex, CM98EA, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.2
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Opened: 1968
Holes: 18
Type: Parkland
Length: 6011 yds
Par: 71
Rating/SSS: 70
Green Fees: £23-13 weekday; £24-13 weekend (after 1:30)
Offers: Twilight £13
Tel No: 01621 891406
Location: View Map

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

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Historic clubhouse with comprehensive facilities. Golf shop. Teaching professional. Extensive (10 acre) golf practice area.
Established in 1968, Forrester Park is an 18-hole, par 71 course of 6,073 yards set in undulating mature parkland in the Essex countryside and commanding some beautiful views across the River Blackwater. With accuracy more important than distance, judgement more important than strength and the amateur golfer more in mind than the professional golfer, it is a traditional 'club' course. There is a separate 10-acre practice ground, a well-known Professional - Gary Pike - and a clubhouse with full facilities for golfers.

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Number of Reviews: 2

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

06 Jun 2019, 19:25
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Tight holes

Frist 9 mature parkland, the second 9 more open. This had an easy walk with some undulating fairways. Tight fairways and fairway bunkers some hidden ponds & ditches. 90deg dog legs 7th par 5. So, course management comes into play.
Some fairways were still suffering from the hot 2018 summer overall the course, greens & bunkers were in good condition. Some long walks from green to tees.
Friendly staff, no pro shop, paid over the bar Driving Nets, Putting Greens, driving range. We paid £13 summer twilight 1:30pm


Handicap: 13
Pro Member

24 Sep 2014, 11:10
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Forrester Park a bit Marmite?

Well I've played Forrester half dozen times now. Not sure whether I like it or not? My society plays it annually so I go along if I can make it.
The facilities are average at best, the club house is comfortable, bar and plenty of seating. The food is good and reasonable.
Changing facilities are basic. The car park is fairly small but there is an over flow a few hundred yards from the club house.
They're are buggies which are petrol and very noisy.
The course is a typical Essex Parkland 5850 just over 6000 off the whites.
I like some of the holes which are narrow, but do allow you to use the adjacent fairway.
The greens were poor, they've been spiked and many of the pins crowned.
The Fairways were in very good order.
My problem with Forrester is holes 10 and 12. Neither are very good golf holes in my opinion.
10 has a huge row of trees in front of the green.
If you hit a nice drive you are punished for getting to close to the 100 foot trees, you then have to try and chip between the trunks! I bogeyed this hole but went over the trees, holding the green is tough.
Hole 12 is a dog leg stroke index one, because the green is protected by a hedge and trees. The hole is short 335, a good drive leaves you in poll position. But the fairway is littered with divets, if like with mine you end up in one you will struggle to connect to clear the high hedge. There is a small gap in the hedge, but not a favourite hole of mine. I double bogeyed after going in the hedge. When pick and place is in order it wil be an easier hole.
Many of the par 4's and 5's are much a like. the par 3's are all very long and have very small greens, don't expect to par all of them!
Forrester is a like it or hate it course, its very challenging with ungulating fairways that send a straight drive towards a hedge or tree, this can be frustrating.
But having said all that, I for one will be back next year to give it another crack, but not for a year!!
2017 update
A couple of years on I revisit Forrester, its not my favourite course even though I played it well this time. The greens were fast and the fairways were in good order. But the tees were awful with 4" of grass on them amongst bald worn parts. They were also very uneven.
Forrester always looks a bit tatty to me, more like a municipal course. Which spoils it. You also rely heavily on favourable bounces as some of the par threes are on elevated tees, unless you actually hit the green. 10 is a terrible hole for this.
Is it value for money? I'm not sure? I paid £30 for 18 holes and Ham egg & chips...not sure I will play it again.



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