Royal Epping Forest Golf Club

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Address: Forest Approach, Station Road, Chingford, Essex, E4 7AZ, United Kingdom
Rating: 2.8
Rating: 2.8
Opened: 1888
Holes: 18
Type: Parkland
Length: 6342 yards
Par: 72
Rating/SSS: 69
Slope:
Green Fees: £10.10 Midweek;£25.00 Weekend
Offers: See website for details
Tel No: 020 8529 5708
Location: View Map
Website: www.refgc.co.uk
   
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Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 2.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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One of Essex’s most prestigious clubs Royal Epping Forest Golf Club is the only golf course in Essex to have been invested with such an accolade. The course, being on forest land, is a public one. It is laid out over the old hunting grounds of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I; where the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin roamed in the 1730's and where golf was first played in Essex on an officially recognised course in 1888. There is a Driving Range and Practice Areas on site. The club also has a billiard room and other function suites available for events and weddings. Whilst originally designed by the Club’s first professional, William Dunn Jr, in the 1920s it was redesigned by none other than James Braid. The course can be located just a few minutes from the M11 and M25 (Jct 26) and is just a few minutes’ walk from Chingford railway station, which is 25 minutes from the City and Liverpool Street. Follow signs for Loughton/Epping until Wake Arms roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A104/Epping New Road. Go through the first roundabout.(Robin Hood pub) - After around 3 miles turn right into A1069/Rangers Road after passing Royal Forest Hotel / Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge on right - take first right into Bury Road – The Car Park is behind Café and Pro-Shop. The Clubhouse is over the road. When using Sat-Nav please use the postcode E4 7AZ. The Car park is postcode E4 7QJ
Description
Royal Epping Forrest Golf Club is also the oldest golf club in Essex and is one of the few Royal clubs that play on public land, others include The Royal and Ancient at St Andrews and Royal Montrose. Golf has been played over the course for over 129 years and the 18 hole golf course is a Par 71 and measures 6281 yards in length.

The course undulates its way through the rich dense forest, rising up and down three times from Chingford Plains into and out of Epping Forest; the course will provide a varied and interesting challenge of your skills.  To preserve the natural appearance of the landscape, bunkers are only to be found away from the passing public gaze, on the upper holes in the forest.

The course rewards accuracy and good course management and suits men and ladies of all abilities.

This course is also host to Chingford Golf Club and whilst they operate out of different clubhouses, the course is the same.



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Number of Reviews: 8

Handicap: 12

10 Aug 2017, 16:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

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.

  

Handicap: 15

01 Nov 2014, 19:19
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 2.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 1.0

Awful Course

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.

  

Handicap: 19

30 Mar 2014, 18:08
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

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

  

Handicap: 14
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08 Jun 2013, 18:25
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

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.

  

Handicap: 10
Pro Member

03 Nov 2012, 18:17
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 1.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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.

  

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03 Nov 2012, 18:16
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 1.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 0.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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..

  

Handicap: 12
Pro Member

26 Feb 2012, 19:02
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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)...

  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

14 Dec 2010, 08:28
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 3.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 2.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

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

  




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