Hainault Golf Club

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Address: Romford Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 4QW, United Kingdom
Rating: 3.5
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Opened: 1904
Holes: 36
Type: Parkland
Length: Lower 6545 yds; Upper 5886 yds
Par: Lower 72; Upper 70
Rating/SSS: Lower 72; Upper 68
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Green Fees: £19 weekday; £27 weekend
Offers: See website for details.
Tel No: 0208 500 2131
Location: View Map
Website: www.hainaultgolfclub.co.uk
   
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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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Facilities
Previously known as Hainault Forest Golf Centre, Hainault Golf Club offers golfers of all standards the choice of two picturesque and challenging courses, supported by excellent practice facilities and a friendly and relaxed clubhouse. There is a large clubhouse, Bar, Full catering, Professional shop, and a superb driving range with teaching facilities. The Essex course is situated a few minutes’ drive from the A12 and adequate parking is available.
Description
The Hainault Golf Club Courses (known as the Upper and Lower courses) date back to 1908 and 1923 with par values of 70 and 72 respectively and both courses were designed by the five times open champion JH Taylor. 

The Lower Course hosted the 2003 Essex Amateur Championships final and was the first pay and play golf course to be awarded such a prestigious accolade. The course is a par 72 and is a very good test of the long hitter, rewarding accurate long tee shots, but punishing poor course strategy.  It is fairly open, with strategically placed trees, and wide fairways. The par 4, 12th is considered to be one of the finest holes in the south of England, with an elevated tee to a fairway cut into Hainault Forest, with a sharp dogleg right that slopes heavily, making ball placement an important issue.

The Upper course, is built on the highest point in Essex and has spectacular views across to the London skyline, and the Essex countryside, it hugs the hillside closest to the country park and consequently woodland is more dense. The course has tighter fairways and is hillier than the lower course. Although it is shorter with a par of 70, the upper course is still a very good test and will punish the wayward golfer.

This is a ‘Pay and Play’ course, but is kept in excellent condition, with the greens being the envy of many members clubs.  A separate clubhouse houses the independent Members Club which is open for membership.

 

I addition to the Clubhouse bar with full catering facilities, including a Chinese restaurant, open until the late evening,  for non golfing parties, an adjacent cafe offers food and snacks and its full English breakfast is a favourite with visitors and locals alike






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Number of Reviews: 28

Handicap: 28
Pro Member

30 Oct 2019, 21:05
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 5.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Fantasic course, well worth the visit

Great day out and yes I would return

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

29 Jul 2019, 20:05
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 5.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Hainault Golf Course

Thoroughly enjoyed the round took 5 hours because it was my very first round of golf so took my time but let golfers through a couple of times, I was in no rush, can't wait to get out again.

  

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

13 Aug 2018, 19:33
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 1.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 1.0

Hainault golf club

Hainault golf club was in very poor condition greens were terrible woulnt go back for a very long time despite me getting 41 points still think it wasn't worth he money would rather pay 10 pound more and play a much well maintained course

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

19 Jul 2016, 20:15
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Great pay and play. Recommended.

Excellent golf course, fairways and greens were in good condition. Hainault has two courses, Upper and Lower. Played Lower this time, but both courses are excellent and have interesting holes to suit all abilities. Practice facilities include a full driving range, putting green and chipping area. Upstairs there is a licensed Chinese restaurant, and serves as the 19th hole.

Midweek it is £17 and £13 Senior over 65. It is my regular "go to" course. Recommended.

  

Handicap: 12
Pro Member

25 Oct 2014, 18:27
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Not bad. Not Great.

The tee boxes are in a pretty poor state, some of them look like the goalmouths of Sunday league football pitches. Most of the bunkers are like concrete.

But the fairways are well maintained, the greens are acceptable, the staff are very friendly, and it's very good value for money. There's a decent driving range and the pace of play was good for a weekend on a public course.

If we have a winter as wet as last year this course will really struggle because the greens are already very damp after a few wet days but right now it's a good morning out.

  

Handicap: 4
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07 Aug 2014, 18:12
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

the cousre where we all started

A good game of golf for the money
The only down side is it gets busy

  

Handicap: 12

30 Jul 2014, 09:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Bang Average

Taken as a whole, Hainult is good. There are 2 courses, a driving range, putting green and a cafe that serves up decent breakfast. However, taking the lower course as an individual entity, then I would have to say that it is an average course. The tee boxes were shoddy, the fairways not bad and the greens deathly slow. The standout hole is the 12th, which is nice but that is pretty much it. Certainly not the best pay & play but by no means the worst either....

  

Handicap: 18
Pro Member

28 Jul 2014, 22:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Good test of golf

This long-ish Lower course is a good test of golf, particularly from the white tee's. Fairways are wide and generous for the most part, and generally very good. Many of the greens are very tricky, and difficult to hold from distance but they are true and well maintained...a lot of money has gone into improving the course over the last year or so. Bunkers are fair...some good some bad. The par 4 12th is reckoned to be one of the best par 4's in the country... A driving range is a short walk away from the club house and a good putting green is provided. Altogether a good course and I certainly recommend it.
Full English can be had at an excellent cafe adjacent to the Club house....clubhouse food is generally of the Chinese variety and excellent, in fact people travel to sample it. An excellent bar with drinks on the verandah afterwards rounds off a good day.

  

TSG

08 Apr 2014, 16:02
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Lower course

The greens were poor long and fluffy,,also not constant speed on them all.
It's still suffering from winter,not a place I would go back to for a month at least.

  

Handicap: 15

05 Jan 2014, 17:57
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

The Upper course

I played the Upper Course which is an open parkland course with mainly wide fairways. It is fairly hilly and drains well in wet conditions, being not too long with reasonable greens. It has the added benefit of a cafe stop after the 8th hole if you need a pit stop for a hot drink or food. I will definitely play the course again. The mid week rate was £13.50.

  

Handicap: 11
Pro Member

27 Oct 2013, 16:25
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

hainault lower course

Club house is a decent 19th hole, and I always find the bar area staff very pleasant.
The lower course has a few holes that will bite you, 1 hole is claimed to be 10th best hole is essex!, not in my book, but we all have our preferences.
It's a decent course I guess, but the bunkers are absolutely awful, you don't need to rake them, they need a Rotavator through them first they are so compacted, making a mockery of trying to play out of them. Turning some interesting holes into a bit of a joke when you hit the protection for a green.

  

Handicap: 20

28 Jul 2013, 20:05
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

upper course very interesting everyhole different and well thought out.

Really liked the course,Great design ,cut into hills and superb tree lined holes.One of the best public courses in Essex, If not the best.Only downside some bulkers very little sand and stoney.

  

Handicap: 19

03 Jun 2013, 09:59
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 5.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

An Old Favourite

I have played at Hainault Upper countless times over the years and I never get bored of the challenge of this course. Some tough holes and the majority of the course is tree lined and quite tight in places. Some excellent risk/reward shots on offer - at least 2 drivable par 4's for the bigger hitters if you're prepared to be brave.
Some very nice views on offer - but a word of caution for the less mobile, this is a very hilly course and the 5th hole isn't called heart attack hill for nothing!
My only complaint is that for £27 for a weekend green fee, I'd expect the bunkers to be maintained better than they are and when I played Saturday the greens were a little sluggish as they could probably do with a cut.
All in all though a very good course and an excellent challenge of golf for low and high handicappers alike.

  

Handicap: 20

06 May 2013, 20:42
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Hainault lovely course

Hainault Woodlands course lovely conditions ,

  

Handicap: 13

04 May 2013, 07:50
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 2.0

Play here at off-peak times

Today, the UPPER Course - shorter & more variety with 4 short Par-3's. Fun to play and, on the right day, a good score can be had. I know this course well, but hadn't played it for several years.

Quite hilly - in fact the 5th has been called 'heart attack hill', so consider a buggy.....but isn't walking one of the best forms of exercise? Dating from 1909, it's certainly a very good place to walk! You'll find many sloping lies and a few 'blind' shots, so leave time for those in front to be out of range. If a shot is in the direction of trees, a provisional is a good idea, as balls can run off fairways - especially when conditions are dry.

Improvements have been made since I was last here, but there is still work to be done. Greens looked quite good, although dry, hard and in need of cutting. Some tee boxes now have wooden posts/rails to keep the buggies away - a problem in past years. There is no signage at all, so play with someone who knows the way. No ballwashers and very few seats on this course, but a 'halfway' hut by the 8th green.

This was an afternoon round on a warm/sunny spring day, when the course was very quiet, so under 3 1/2 hours and very enjoyable. However, it can get busy here and at those times, with standard green fees of £19/£27, I think better value can be found elsewhere.



  

Handicap: 13

20 Apr 2013, 06:42
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

No Motorway in Sight!

Locked security gates prevent entry except through the clubhouse building - slightly strange, but probably due to previous problems, so a good idea to check anything of value is locked out of sight in your car. Don't let this put you off.....it gets better!

We played the LOWER course, which is the longer of the two 18-hole layouts, designed by five time Open Champion, JH Taylor. There are two Par-5's and only two Par-3's, so variety is lacking, but this is a good test of golf - some of the long uphill holes will take two good blows to reach. The 12th, inviting a good long drive, has been described as the best golf hole in Essex and the 13th is possibly one of the toughest Par-4's around. The last five holes give a chance for a score to be rescued, with the 18th being a driveable (occasionally) downhill Par-4.

This was a quiet Friday afternoon on the course, so ideal to take in the pleasant surroundings - fields and the Hainault Forest Country Park. Once away from the first tee, you won't see or hear any cars, which is quite refreshing after playing several courses in the area close to Motorways!

There are some scruffy areas around tees and greens - some marked GUR, so should be repaired. Greens had been tined and sanded, but will improve soon. The two bunkers I went in were good, but I noticed several resembling water hazards, but there is a plan to rebuild these. Lots of un-repaired divots make some fairways a bit messy, but the reason a sign reads 'Preferred Lies All Year'

Overall, a good experience and I shall look forward to playing the 'Upper' course in the near future.

  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

01 Apr 2013, 19:05
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

UPPER very open parkland course, easier then the Lower

Mature and very open parkland course with undulating hilly fairway with not many hazards.
More for the higher handicapper, but still enjoyable ever for the lower handicapper.
With some super 'driving' holes.
Green good just little woolly.Bunkers looked hard.
Practise putting green, chipping area & friendly staff. Sadly no practise nets.
This is my sort of course I definitely recommended.


  

Handicap: 24
Pro Member

01 Apr 2013, 16:57
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Enjoyable Course

Played the upper for a bargain £11. Very forgiving, with wide fairways, which were all in very good condition. Very few shots are played on level game, which adds a challenge to anyone's game. Probably a course which would be enjoyed by the high handicapper, as it may be a tad too easy for better players.

  

TSG

02 Feb 2013, 18:11
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Have to see it dry.

Very wet underfoot but just playable. Agood test when dry I should think?

  

Handicap: 10
Pro Member

11 Nov 2012, 16:49
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 5.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Good facilities, decent course

Third time playing the Upper (shorter) course here, never played the Lower. A few greens very soft, tees a little scruffy and a few mats in play (very wet early/mid November) but overall condition was pretty good considering.

There's a driving range, a large putting green and a pitching/chipping area, along with cafe and bar/Chinese restaurant.

Course is enjoyable, just a couple of par 5's and a couple of 400+ yard 4's.

  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

03 Aug 2012, 19:18
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

LOWER is Mature open parkland course with undulating fairways

Mature open parkland course with undulating fairways some with lateral ditches with a nice design too it. Green good just little woolly. Bunkers looked hard.
Practise putting green, chipping area & friendly staff. Sadly no practise nets. This is my sort of course I definitely recommended.


  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

05 May 2012, 16:58
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Upper Course - Challenging on so many levels

A return visit still confirms the Upper course as a real challenge - a mature parkland, cleverly established in some undulating hills. Clarity of thought may get you around, but on a day where the ground was still boggy in places (we do need the rain apparently) this was a tough day to work out. Greens were fluffy, soft in paces and really quite slow uphill. Tricky to read quite difficult to avoid the odd 3-putt. Bunkers still water impacted so playing out was hard... Course Management at a premium to navigate some twisty, sloping, and inconsistent roll...

A critique was that tee times were a bit close, and lots of people on the course could have made it a slow round... as it happened not too much of a delay... never a fan of overindulgence in blind holes - there are a lot...

Visit the Caddy Shack pre-round, tea and sandwiches various, served with humour... Do sample the lunch menu (Chinese influence and good quality)...Nice people very attentive...

Lots of unrepaired pitch marks evident today, rememeber to make 1 and fix 2....

Whilst this course isn't ever going to be my favourite, it is value for money and never uninteresting...

Latest update, return to the upper course, on a day when the rain stopped just before play began, we had a late tee time, course played OK but of course the recent rains had left it soggy in places, with a selection of temporary tees. Observation was that the yellow tee boxes were showing signs of wear and were a bit soft. Playing conservatively may be the best way around this course. Forgot to mention adequate car parking and going though the building to get to the first tees.

Lunch was again rather splendid, we alw2ays get a good welcome here.





  

Handicap: 16
Pro Member

13 Oct 2011, 11:22
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

some nice holes

played lower course, some good holes esp. 12th and 13th but with only 2 par 3's and 2 par 5's, bit lacking in variety. enjoyed the round but wouldnt want to play there every week

  

Handicap: 16
Pro Member

26 Mar 2011, 19:04
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

1st time on Lower course.

Nowhere can be too bad when played on probably the warmest Saturday of the year so far.
Tees where still mats, but good quality and large enough for plenty of tee position options. The course condition was fairly good although the greens had suffered a little fungal type desease due to the Winter weather extremes but were still good for putting but fairly tricky.
The holes are very nicely laid out, mainly flatish terrain with a little undulation on some holes. Plenty of room for driving, which is useful as there are a lot of medium to long par 4s. Course guide/ yardage booklet great vfm at only £1,
I shall play here again this Summer on this layout or the Upper course.


  

Handicap: 17

19 Oct 2010, 18:11
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Very Good will go back

played the lower course well worth the green fees
would go back and may try the upper course next time

  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

17 Apr 2010, 17:12
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Hainault

Lower course, plays longer than upper, conditions very good, now this club has a new owner they are putting a great deal of effort in to make this a top course as it should be. greens are starting to run fast as this is how they are making them, I think a few more months and it will get there.

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

16 Sep 2009, 11:29
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Nice enough......

Played here last week and found the course quite tough over the first few holes but it eases off over the final four. A rich tree-lined parkland course with some fantastic views over London, it was a little bare in places and the greens needed a cut - they were longest I've seen this year anywhere! Otherwise a nice enough course and if you wish to see some of the Essex stereotypes in action - this is the place!!


  

Handicap: 14

14 Dec 2008, 17:56
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Two Nice Courses

The upper course is very hilly, but shorter than the lower course.

Both courses have a variety of holes.

This club gets very busy at a weekend, especially in the summer months.

Well worth a visit

  




 

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