Mature parkland, extreme elevation changes
Loughton Golf course is easily located and makes good use of topography. Adequate parking facilities leading to a spike bar and a Trip Advisor acclaimed Asian/fusion restuarant (albeit limited number of tables). The course is a 9-hole loop ups and downs are quite extreme so it isn't an easy walk - even though it is quite short.
There are a some challenging holes and it is a course that best suits the thinker... When played (November 2016) there appeared to be plans to alter the layout with work to be scheduled). The course hadn't been very well maintained, greens practically unplayable, autumn leaves were considerable. Sighting a ball was difficult under leaves - so best to keep in play. Not a lot of distance markers and the 'next tee' signs could have been confusing. The guy managing was pleasant and affable and I had the course to myself (so no one to blame for slow play). All in all it filled an hour and a half and despite heavy rainfall the previous day//night the course remained dry enouhg to walk around without getting too wet.
Be advised though that the route from car par to spike bar and 1st Hole goes across some old decking - which I found to be slippery and in need of caution.
All in all though a pleasant bit of exercise and it isn;t too challenging to play - it might make a good trainer course for those just starting but it is just challenging enough to catch out the unwary.