Review's of Royal Epping Forest Golf Club
Not great but not that bad either
Royal Epping has not received a review in a while so I thought I would give an updated opinion. There has been some changes here which have improved the overall experience of playing the course. I will come onto that shortly. As most people may know, this is a public course that is shared with two private clubs. One being Royal Epping and one being Chingford. It is also played on public land so one has to be attentive to walkers and dogs although they tend to stay out of the way most of the time. Practice facilities are pretty much non-existent except for a poor quality putting green next to the first tee. The green staff have changed in the last 18 months and the course is looking in much better condition. Tee boxes are not bad, fairways are pretty decent and the majority of the greens are running fast and true. The course is a mixture of tricky par 3s, shortish par 4s and 3 longish par 5s. You have to know your way around as there are no markers. Its under strict instructions to keep it as natural as possible. The cafe by the Pro Shop is new and not bad and after the round, the members of Royal Epping are usually friendly enough to sign you in so you can have a drink their bar, if you should ask them. It's one of those courses where you have to accept the pitfalls as it is shared with the public whom have right of way, but I certainly do not think it is a bad course on which to play golf... Good value for money as well.
Playing Royal Epping is like hacking about across the local sports fields - but with more people and dogs wandering about. Constant disturbances from yapping animals, chatting mothers and shouting kids coupled with the mindless wanderings of the locals across any part of the course they feel like makes for a really bad day out. And the clubhouse - no lights on and looked deserted. The cafe over the road serves a decent cup of tea, but they knock off pretty early so don't expect a warm welcome and a pint after your round.
The putting green by the first tee was dismal, no other practice facilities were spotted. The course itself was already muddy underfoot despite the dry autumn, had virtually no signs to point you in the right direction, was dangerous in places due to the proximity of tees & greens and not a single greenkeeper hove into view.
Absolutely awful. I will not be returning.
royal epping forest golf club
Well worth the vist found the course quite difficult with small fast greens and long , can't wait to give it another go
For that price i'd play there anytime
Very old golf course but in great shape considering the weather we've had this year so far. lots of tight fairways to try and land on Trees and dog legs my only disappoint was the tee boxs that weren't flat.
Highly recommend the American Breakfast just a shame no scrammbled egg only fried.
Coffee and cake was melt in your mouth home made yum yum.
Decent condition, short and tight
Quite a few shortish holes where irons off the tee are fine, but generally these are to either narrow, sloping or dog-leg fairways presenting a decent challenge.
Greens not great to look at but were true, and a couple are testing enough that if you play here regularly you'd look to keep your approaches on the low side.
Well worth a visit
Looks can be deceiving, and this is one of those courses...
Lots of room on some holes, and not much on others...
Plan your shots carefully..
All in all a good challenge..
Worth the trip
A nicely worked out course, interspersed with 'public right of way' not overly long but tight and twisty, a good challenge for mid/low handicappers, each green seemed to react differently, some soggy some dry and watch out for hole number 3, that green is hilarious... could be a score wrecker (aim short and to put uphill, be firm or expect it to come back to you).A nice finishing set of holes. Sunshine definately makes the venue a place to enjoy.
My group observed that the distance markers didn't seem to be too accurate as my satnav confirmed (and yes I gave out information as required). Be nice to the pro shop guys and you may just receive preferential treatment, the cafe is the place to meet and good food is available...
Good course - nice interesting holes and well worth a visit, but remember your outer gear (jacket/top or trousers/skirt) should be red (post box red is good)... There is a historical reference to why but it has been lost in the annals of history (ask me for the real answer)...
Great course well worth a visit
Don't forget you have to wear something red on this course, found the course very pleasant to play lots of parkland and some very challenging holes well worth a go