Review's of South Essex Golf Club
a different loop
Arrived to discover that the usual Heron loop was being rested (following a fair amount if rain) we were allowed to play the hawk/vixen combination. To be fair, the loops we played were also more than a little soggy, tee boxes in the main were a bit of a mess BUT it was good fun if not hard work. Reception by staff was exceptional. Not many players in front so Pace of play was good and we were blessed with some pleasant weather.
Greens played well, obviously no roll at all, so sweeping the ball off the turf was key to clean hitting.
The vixen loop proved to be more straight forward and was less used.
Have to admit a preference for heron/hawk combination.
Still a good day out and reasonably priced... Discount for ex forces and emergency services.
Very good condition and interesting layout
We played the Heron/Hawk combination on a very warm summer day. Course was in excellent condition with consistent well maintained greens. Value for money was excellent at £20 which included the usual prizes. The layout is interesting and is a fair challenge at 6364 yards of the yellow tees.
Why the wait
The only criticism I have is how long you have to wait to get served at the bar
An enjoyable course but post match kitchen service was awful!
South Essex Golf Centre is a 27 hole golf complex, comprising three 9 hole loops, ie the Heron (par 37), the Hawk (par 36) and the Vixen (par 35).
The course is located in Brentwood, Essex. It is part of the Crown Golf portfolio of courses.
Chosen as the venue of the TSG Masters event, the par 73 Heron & Hawk course combination was the one played. As there were two other societies playing the same course combination ahead of the TSG groups, this possibly reflects a view about its relative strength as a challenge! Given that the SSS is also 73, whether off the white or yellow tees, this should be reflective of the course difficulty!
There are 4 par 3s, 9 par 4s and 5 par 5s.
The course comprised wide/sloping landing areas, strategically placed fairway and greenside bunkers, with risk/reward scenarios for the lower handicapper/longer hitters! personally I think less risk taking and fairway finding is the most productive way of playing the course. Too much can go wrong for the wayward hits!
This is a wide open course so very exposed to the weather elements! Unfortunately our Masters event was played in significantly windy conditions.
The fairways and greens were very firm making club selection for approach shots difficult at times! Unfortunately my lack of prior course playing knowledge; allied to the absence of a course planner booklet, led to a few wayward tee shots into fairway bunkers not visible from the tees!
The 4 par 3s were moderate challenges but only 1 par achieved, 2-3 points were lost due to under clubbing!
On the day my back 9 Hawk loop proved to be my scoring nightmare with 4 double bogeys and 6 x 1 pointers on the card! Conversely, our Masters champion Speedy managed to score 21 points on the back 9! Very creditable!
The combined £38 cost of our green fee/food/prizes was probably reasonable for a Saturday society booking, but personally I think this is a £25 - £30 range golf venue for a society as big as ours, depending on wheether it was a golf only or minor golf/food option!
The prematch bacon butty was tolerable; far from the best, very fatty bacon and not a nice bun! (personal taste I know).
I also ordered some food postmatch! While the quality was excellent when it finally arrived, as most of our group had left; I had to remind the catering staff/manager a couple of time! Not good service; the club let itself down badly here! The kitchen staff weren't exactly being overwhelmed with orders near kitchen closing and my order was taken by the gentleman who appeared to be in charge of the bar/catering!
The above said; South Essex was a very good venue for our annual TSG Masters event!
A negative on the day was the very slow pace of play, especially on the front 9, with sometimes 3 groups playing the same hole/waiting on the tees!
Possibly contributary factors, the 2 x 3 balls playing behind rather than ahead of the 4 balls; plus 9 groups following on from two, possibly 3, societies playing the same course combination!
Very happy to play it again!
I must not be too negative about South Essex as I played it very badly. Did I like it? Hmmm sort of. The staff were very friendly & the boss (Mr Mullins) got us a super deal. I did not practice before we went out, but I've practiced here before. The course is very open and at time you really need to concentrate on hitting the right part of the fairway. The tees were my bug bare. Most were very worn and uneven I lost my footing on one. The fairways are pretty good after the summer we have had. Some holes have over hanging electric cables that does detract. I lost my ball on the 18th probably in one of the drainage gulleys there were a few. not to annoying as we were practicing but in a match I'd be furious. The greens were ok, fastish but they rolled ok. Some of the surrounding areas were a bit scruffy, sides of bunkers & greens etc. All in all its not a bad course made better by the deal we got. Yes I will go back and will try harder to work the course out. Play it but try and get a deal! it is of course part of the Crown group.
What a gem of a course
I have to say this was a very pleasent surprise. i would put this in my top 3 courses in essex alongside Abridge and west essex.We paid £27 for a Saturday green fee which was reasonable.This was mid october the course was so wrll maintained they even swept up the leaves so you could find your ball in the semi rough.The greens was as good as you would find in july.The pro shop was small but still had a decent display of goods but didmt have any course planners so you had to look at the board on each tee.I was highly impressed with this course needless to say i will be returning in a fortnight.If you want a good test of golf with every hole you got to think about then give this a try 9.5 out of 10 well worth a visit
Long course, wide fairways
First time to play this course, plenty of parking available, clubhouse staff friendly. Driving range is available but I did not use, large putting greeen near 1st T. The course is long over 6,500yds, I played a Heron/Hawk.
Whilst the course is long the fairways are wide compared to other courses I've played, and the rough was not bad, so if your a bit wayward with the driver you can often get away with it. Fairways were in reasonable condition, as were the greens and the bunkers. Whilst there is water on the course, it rarely comes into play, although on the one hole it did come into play my ball got wet. In terms of value I would suggest this is very good if booked through t-times, I paid £16 for a 1pm T on a Saturday. My only criticism is on the day I played the T times were not well managed, I nearly walked off the course after 9 holes, but persisted, the round took 5hrs 10 mins to get round. I'm unsure if this is the norm at the weekend, however if it is there are plenty of benches to sit on at each T...
Overall not a bad course, would probably play again at a less busier time, however it's not a pretty course and some holes could do with adding some more features to create interest.
As a member of Crown golf get to play here for free staff in pro shop and bar very friendly look all crown golf courses!
Stunning views and well kept course greens running ture enjoyable game of golf well worth the visit
Breakfast could be better
Titto 100% agree with Judy
The best part of the breakfast was the bacon. The egg was overcooked, sausage undercooked and bread and butter served instead of toast. Tea and coffee was self serve with stewed water in flasks. No spoons provided, only wooden sticks. Very disappointing.
ps my beans were cold
A tucked away treasure
Upon arrival at South Essex Golf Club, passing the Bowls Club, you feel like you are arriving at an industrial site and the clubhouse is not very enticing. Parking is generous and not too far to walk to the first tee. The ladies locker room is pokey and uninspiring, with no locker facilities. Considering there are shower facilities, I was surprised that the entrance door to the ladies room does not lock.
The best part of the breakfast was the bacon. The egg was overcooked, sausage undercooked and bread and butter served instead of toast. Tea and coffee was self serve with stewed water in flasks. No spoons provided, only wooden sticks. Very disappointing.
Onto the course and the complete opposite to the above write-up and totally made up for everything. It is visually inspiring and each hole offers its' own challenge and surprises. Most of the greens were a little tardy and slow, but this did not spoil the round. The red tees were mainly close to the yellows, which made for a sociable round when playing mixed. I really enjoyed the dog legs and some playing over water and ditches which really makes you course manage. The 18th brings you towards the clubhouse and a chance to hole the last putt for a glory point in front of a crowd.
I would definitely go back to play this course again and the hospitality in the clubhouse at the end of our round with friendly service helped make up for the disappointment at the beginning of the day.
Book a tee time and play this track. It's a great day out.
good solid course
6500+ yards on the main course from the yellow tees, so it's never a gimme 45 stableford points, scoring above handicap is playing good golf.
I've played the course so many times, I prefer other courses purely on that basis. It is forgiving on some holes, and bite into you chew you up and spit you out on others. Very little water hazards on the course, and no ponds in front of greens, but there are a few bits to be wary of. Enjoy
I was trying out South Essex with a view to becoming a member and while the club manager did his best to sell it to me, the course itself was the real clincher, as it should be.
Wonderful parkland course, in great condition. Reasonably long, though it is par 72 and there is generous fairways and forgiving semi-rough allowing good opportunities to score on the big contoured greens. A nice mix of dog legs and holes where the driver is not a sensible option, course management is important for sure.
A few nice touches - 200/150/100 yard stakes on each hole; red/yellow/white flags indicating pin positions; and a map of each hole by each tee so newbies like me and visitors know where they are going.
I played the 'standard' Heron-Hawk combo, but am reliably informed that the Vixen 9 is just as good if not better. I look forward to finding out when I join.
Well prepared course, could have more sand in bunkers
I love the course, have played there before some years ago, must be honest fairways are not up to standard not the clubs fault, but lots of divots not replaced other than that very enjoyable course.
Would return, value for money
Course in good condition
Got there 9.30 am - 45 mins early to go on the Range
But could not get on there as they were cutting the grass and collecting balls. Only annoying because it was my first game for 7 months and I was very rusty. Changing facilities a bit ropey, friendly enough in the Pro Shop and barman was a happy chappy.
Lost a few balls in the unforgiving rough, but in general the course was in good condition and the greens were fast and smooth.
Very busy with a lot of 3 and four balls.
Enjoyable round and a nice cool pint of Coors afterwards on the terrace overlooking the course. Will play there again.
Not sure about South Essex!
Guy in the pro shop was not very helpful at all! Even made us wait until 2pm so I could get on free being a Crown Golf member at another course, despite the course being empty. Then had problems getting the 2for1 offer for the other two in our party!
Course was in a good condition despite the wind and rain. Our only problem was the bounce. I hit a 7 iron to one green and the ball landed on the fringe of the green. It then bounced 30 to 40 feet in the air straight into the rough! This happened to both Terry and myself a few times. It was like your ball was landing on a concrete path!
South Essex is playing really well considering all the bad weather we have had over the winter, I played on a Monday and was surprised at the deal of £11 plus a Mars bar, for this course that's a great deal and well worth a visit
Summer play is definitely more enjoyable.... & a real Heron on the Heron Course.
Just a short review, as the is the 2nd time I played at South Essex and what a difference between icy, wintery play & lovely sunny summer breeze play.
The course was very well presented, the ball was running well, fairways & greens in good condition, rough very punishing, some bunkers did not have enough of the nice soft sand, but I only found one at the 18th and that was absolutely fine.
The entrance and surround to the lovely Clubhouse look superb with beautiful flowers in full blooms due to he tender loving cared from the Greenkeeper, Peter Dawson.
The reception was warm & welcoming, I even managed to speak to the Manager, Matt, who gives TSG members a very special rate (2for1). Spoke to some members who were very friendly & welcoming.
Food is tasty and coffee 1st class.
Very enjoyable to sit on the sunny terrace built on stilts overlooking a picturesque pond & the 18th Heron green and some of the Vixen holes.
Will return to play this summer sooner than later and next year you might see there more often as I shall be working (Voluntary work ....) in Essex one day a week, well that is the plan.
THE END..... not quite:
There is a vegetable garden that belongs to South Essex by the left handside of the path leading to the Starter hut & 1st Tee of Heron Course. I believe that the Greenkeeper also tends this part. Some TSG might be interested to know.
Good course in good condition
Very nice clubhouse, shame about the other facilities.
The course was in fantastic shape bearing in mind the recent weather and as always I thoroughly enjoyed it, shame I struggled to get better than a three putt on most holes! Will be back and the improvements being made look great - roll on the summer!
good course considering it is the middle of february
I have played south essex once before on a society day out ,about six to seven years ago and we would not go back because we thought it was to dear for what it was.today i was surprised because it was only 15 pounds,but this was booked by ian through tsg.the course was a little bit wet but played well.the greens were running quite fast considering all the rain we have had.all in all a good dayfor the price.that also mayhave been the company i was playing with.
Winter golf on a pleasant Essex course......
South Essex is a parkland, Pay & Play course with a fluid design, wide fairways, some sloping,some with ditches across, lots of bunkers with nice sand, some ponds and dog legs (Left & Right), rough, goarse, some now mature trees, sort of forest as well. Some areas of the rough area are now protected to encourage the wild life/fauna. It shows the course is managed in a responsible way.
A place where one feels at ease as you arrive in the Car Park, well laid out. Then you have an easy access to the Ladies/Gentlemen changing room, the Pro Shop & the Bar which is upstairs. All these facilities housed in a stylish restored Essex barn. It has character. The Clubhouse is roomy & light with apparent oak beams, large windows giving you great views over the Golf course made of 3 loops of 9 holes, the Heron, the Hawk, the Vixen. There is a big wooden balcony & terrace overlooking the uphill path leading to the 1st Tee of the Heron. Must be a pleasant place to enjoy an after round drink in the Summer. There is a Starter Hut with pleasant & smiling staff, a lovely putting green where to spend a few minutes before Teeing off. From this point, one can see the driving range and other practice facilities. Did not use them, but they look good from the distance.
Today, 1st December 2012, the course was wearing its winter coat, iced fairways/greens, trolleys were allowed but lots of roped areas to protect parts of the course. A few temporary Tees but "real" greens. All bunkers were G.U.R. as full of frozen water, so was the pond on the 2nd, that was useful has my ball managed to ricochet several times and landed on the faiway. Ice was sticking to the golf shoes, a bit of a nuisance, constantly having to scrape the soles before each shot, but that is part of winter golf.
Today was an Epping Bandits game organised not by the usual, famous DJ (who had to wait a while for his breakfast!!), but by Ian F., his cool, calm & dark sense of humour made it a very pleasant day. We had a very good deal including breakfast, 18 holes on Heron/Hawk, a meal after the game & prizes. I was paired off with Ben F., Duffy Divot, it was an entertaining round on a cold December Saturday.
2 favourite holes:
Hole 3 (Hawk), Par 4,356 yards: not very long but an interesting dog leg which I managed to mess up, tee uphill with a sloping fairways, then sharp right with a ditch and a very thick edge before reaching the uphill green wich is well protected and sloping.
Hole 9 (Hawk), Par 5, 529 yards: supposedly a finishing hole that can ruin many cards with lots of hazards (ditches, stream, pond, OOB on the left, a sloping fairway) but surprisingly enough I played this hole well. My score was not great as I found chipping/putting difficult with the ice on the ground (being the 1st group out), also Yellow/Red tees were very often played from the same spot, so no advantage.
Friendly staff all around: Pro shop, Bar, Starter Hut, etc. South Essex is part of Crown Golf and aslo a prefered TSG course.
The day was a little grey & wintery, but one can sense how pleasurable it must be lto play the South Essex courses on a lovely Spring or Summer day where good scores can be add, looking at the records, even on a winter day. Without doubt, I shall return in the warmer weather.
Nice course, well worth a visit
Played the Hawk and Heron 9's, an interesting mix of holes in decent condition. Bar/restaurant very welcoming, visitors changing room a little basic. Good to have a driving range at the site, large pitching/chipping area and nice putting green.
Would recommend a visit
South Essex is a fair challenge with some interesting holes. Good fairways and bunkers. Greens subtle and fair condition for time of year. I enjoyed the round very much and would recommend.
Clubhouse ok and friendly.
Mature and rolling parkland, improvements continue
Society Day (Cyder Cup) visited South Essex, and although there were more than just us, the clubhouse managed to service our needs more than adequately. Included in the day was breakfast - golf and lunch...
Clubhouse staff were welcoming, serviee was with a smile.
On a day perfect for golf, bright (light breezes) this course showed signs of TLC (since a previous visit), fairways just about perfect, approaches to greens good, greens were in good nick (although a touch bobbly in places) and some long putts went in...
Off the fairway the rough could be punishing and bunkers were in the condition to be expected after a couple of days heavy rain, so saying the course was overall in great condition, staying in the fairway was recommended (and I had my 'sand nav' working well so managed to enjoy the bunkers more than usual).
This was a return visit (after a lapse of a couple of years) and the course Heron/Hawk combination was better than I remembered, some feature holes - and some new features - steady play brings its own reward.
Something here for everyone, this 18th is always a good challenge, very easy to get lost in the deep rough or bushes that skirt the long fairway, and watch out for the ditch...
After round lunch was much appreciated and once again same level of service in the clubhouse.
Good day for golf and some good golf was played...
Easy access from the M25 - adequate parking facilities.
This is an experience worth repeating - and as far as value for money goes, just about unbeatable.
A Great challenge
Well its a great course and for this time of year in great condition.
it has some lovely holes to challenge any golfer.
It plays long so if your a short hitter your looking at pars at best.
Club house very friendly with a good selection of drinks and food.
Would go back any time really.
This is a good course, challenging, even for low handicappers.
I mainly play Heron/Hawk with the seniors. Don't get to play the Vixen, but this too has it's moments...
I have played here before, but today is the best I have seen the course. The fairways, had been cut nicely, the rough was rough enough to penalise you, but not rough enough to make you loose balls. The greens were in very good condition. A course I will play again, but probably only on a 2 for 1 voucher, as its a bit over priced otherwise in my opinion.
i have played here three times now and each time it has been a pleasure. the tee boxes, fairways and greens are in excellent condition and the cost of a weekend round is very reasonable. the staff are always friendly and welcoming, i would recommend the course to anybody
Made to feel very welcome
Pretty straight forward parkland course shame that i couldn't putt for toffee Greens in good nick staff happy polite and made to feel welcome great price at £19.00.
would play there again
very cold day greens very hard but still enjoyed the game
course in good condition for this time of year, very cold & windy day but still enjoyed the game
2 fore 1 TSG Voucher course
A nice course gets busy at weekends, very open course rough can be rough greens in good condition, we played with a 2 fore 1 voucher so only £15 each.
NOT BAD FOR £15
PLAYED HERE MANY TIMES IN THE PAST IF YOU v.f.m YOU WONT GO FAR WRONG HERE.
good condition all round,fair test of golf for all abilities.
Very good Weekend price using the T.S.G 2 FORE 1 offer
Rough, Rough, Rough
When I turned up to play in a charity event at South Essex, first impressions were good. A decent enough driving range and putting green. Sadly those good first impressions were well and truely blown away come the first hole. A slightly errant tee shot on the first (no more than 7-10 yards off of the fairway) landed in the "rough". By Rough I mean 3ft heather/straw. This is how the course panned out. I'm all for poor shots being punished, but this was nothing short of a disgrace. I have no idea if this is laziness on the clubs part, or if they are going for an Open qualifying course set up. Walton Heath it isn't!! All in all, with a bit of work i.e. thinning the rough so that if you ball goes in, you have a chance of finding it, this could be a decent pay and play track. As it is, I won't be parting with my hard earned to play there again.
I did like the 100,150 & 200 yard makers(I have no GPS)
Play the Heron & Hawk :- Open fairways, Greens good but a bit woolly, Bunker full of sand. I did like the 100,150 & 200 yard makers.(I have no GPS). TSC 2fore1 voucher £15 each great value.Sadly no practise net to warm in(that only a small thing),there is a driving range.Courses good for all handicaps. Well done South Essex. You will not be disappointed
South Essex Golf Course
A bit biased as I worked there for 3years. Little bit disappointed at the condition of the course. Greens were not too bad though.
Good challenge well worth a visit
Played the Heron and Hawk found the course exciting and challenging, the art of this course is to keep straight as the rough on the sides is fairly long and hard to find balls (then again you should not be in it) greens were fair a touch hard and hard to keep ball on the greens, all in all a good time.
South Essex was an OK course to play, the conditions were a little tough and the course itself was very wet in places. I have played this course in the warmer weather and it was a lot better (like most courses). I do enjoy this course very much especially as we played after 1pm and we used the 2 for 1 voucher, it cost £9.50 per person....Bargain!
lovely course/certainly worth a visit.
south essex golf club is a lovely perkland golf course,with three 9 hole courses that are well looked after and they are a challenge for anyone,and the club house facilites are also excellent,after 1pm they except 2for1 vouchers great value.
" I got those winter golfin' blues"
Having played here a fair number of times you know what you should be getting at any time of year. The course condition is fair for the time of year but i noticed a lot of unrepaired deep divots on fairways, some greens too look like they need a little tlc.
Obviously the recent bad weather has had an effect on greenkeeping so i hope things improve. A few holes are currently being played from mats, which is never ideal.
I consider the full price of £29 to be a little ott at the present, as there are a lot of golf courses to choose from in the area, many of which are cheaper.
very good all round
course was in good condition,service was spot on played
on an open fairways card so great value would play again
an enjoyable course with lots of room if you don't always hit straight. some long holes which can be rewarding if playing well. enough hazards to ruin your card which should make you think before playing your shots. the weather was awful from start to finish i would have walked off after nine holes but my playing partner wanted to carry on. the course was waterlogged due to the conditions but we managed to finish hence the bad scores. worth a visit there are three nine hole courses to play.
It has been a long time since I played this course but I was pleasantly surprised how well the course had grown up - also liked the new ditches they have put in, which adds to the course! Greens are good and true and the area overlooking the 18th green is a pleasant place to enjoy an after round drink. Quite pricey at £29(weekends) but thats me playing too much midweek golf for you. Well worth a visit though!
Played these loops on Tuesday 27th Jan, a bright sunny day.
The course was wet but playable.
Tees and fairways were good. The greens needed a cut/rolling but were still in a good condition.
An interesting mix of holes when you play these two loops.
Worth a visit.
Nice course played badly!
Played The Heron/Hawk combination here on Saturday 11th October. Weather was very pleasant apart from the low sun making keeping your eye on the ball tricky. Holes were varied, fairways were generally wide and green big enough targets but a bit too firm making holding the greens tricky. All in all a nice friendly club with a course which should challenge all without being ridiculously difficult. Cost was £27 which was probably fair.
The course was ok, nothing special and was a bit boring as most of the holes looked the same, so no hurry to go back, sadly