Review's of Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club
Needing some TLC
Played twice in a week and was hoping the greens got a bit quicker, but was wrong - BUT, there is a reason - they are making sure the greens stand up to traffic. It is just a little annoying as most places are now running faster. That said, they are in very good condition generally as they are hard enough to a) let your ball run through if it lands on them and b) are good enough to 'repel' the dreaded craters we call pitch marks! 'Old holes' need repairing with more than sand as it takes too long to heal.
Bunkers are in need of care from the ground staff, members and players as they are not being raked (if there is a rake in it). Fairways are fairly divot free, but tee boxes need tidying up.
Good to see they are ensuring a hard path round the course; I'd assume that this will allow buggies all year (many better clubs could learn this lesson), but can they please fill in all the holes - noticed one and stumbled, then getting back in the buggy stumbled in it again.
But, for the price, the course is good value, and I would think that the course will get the TLC as more income comes in. Hope so, as Crown who were in charge before did their usual sucking of cash from the business then cast it off for someone else to pick up the pieces - hope it works for the folk now running it.
Good value, good challenge, do play here if you can
Overall this has always been a good course, good value, tough to score big points here.
Given the battering by wet weather
It was a good round of golf
Good challenge, value for money, recommend
We needed a course that was equal distance between us and that we could book early weekend tee times. One of my friends found Stapleford Abbotts. Having played the course now a number of times this year, we have found it a good challenge, plenty of water hazards, a number of dog-leg holes that once you get to know the layout become more enjoyable and holes you have to think about. Greens have seemed fairly-hard all year, good to putt on be not easy to pitch and hold to.
I believe the course was previously owned by Crown Operations Golf Ltd, but since 2019 it has been under new ownership Phil & Rita Newman and their family, members have told me improvements have been made to not only the course but the clubhouse and catering. I can vouch for this, we normally tee-off early and back in around 12:30 and we look forward to the coffee and bacon or sausage baguettes.
I have enjoyed the games I’ve played here this year and with their Loyalty Card (pay for 5 rounds, 6th round free), excellent value for money.
Would recommend playing.
Good and fair course
Greens were fast but pitch marks not repaired, layout good, bunkers holding water
10 years on @ Stapleford Abbotts
Still a good quality course. Some people mentioned about the noisy M25? no biggie.
Sadly The Priors & The Par 3 course are now closed.
A Good Golfing Experience
A pleasant, open parkland course with a few lakes and quite a few water hazards. Good for Beginners and High Handicappers. Greens were reasonable but a few were a bit "fluffy". Pretty flat all the way around. Not too demanding! Good value.
Great challenge for beginners
Good condition and greens were true. Challenging with lots of water hazards
A Very pleasant Parkland Course with plenty of trees lakes and ponds.
Stapleford Abbotts golf course is a good value for money parklands golf course well established with mature trees and hedge lines bordering most of the fairways and with plenty of lakes and ponds many of which are concealed to collect your ball if you don’t keep it on the fairway. Course was in pretty good condition apart from the fact that we felt the greens had not been cut that morning and were rather slow and fluffy. We all enjoyed the round and will be back again soon. Various prices for green fees seem to be on different forums which I think are very out of date. We all paid £20 for 18 holes on the Abbotts. Tee time around 10.30am. 16th June 2020. Bottled beers and soft drinks available from clubhouse through a window for players to drink outside on socially distanced chairs of course!!
Great value thanks to Ed. No driving range but otherwise very good practice areas. Course was in good conduction except for some of the bunkers. It is no longer owned by crown golf. Word is that the original owner has bought it back wants to improve overall quality.
Wrong Stableford Abbott’s ?
I joined a game with Paul, Ian and Roger. We had thought it was the Abbotts course well Ian and I did. It made us slightly late but anyway we played the Priory course which has some interesting holes. The club pro was very helpful once our mistake had been spotted, we were chaperoned to the Priory course by the senior captain Fred a lovely chap.
The Priory course is not too difficult, but the greens are a horror story, either infected or dug up by rabbits. Some were very hard also. The company was great but until the greens improve it’s somewhere I would not return even for £21, the buggy was a further £18. Some of the tees were pretty ropey also.
Hopefully I’ll get to play the Abbotts one day?
Stapleford Abbotts GC is a pay and pay style proprietary parkland golf course near Romford Essex.
There are two 18 hole courses, ie the Abbotts and the Priors, plus a 9 hole par 3 course. The course was designed by Howard Swan and opened in about 1988. Since about 2004 the course has been a part of the Crown Golf Group.
I played the Abbotts course with fellow Epping Bandits members. The Abbotts course is a very easy walk. The course is well set out with challenging tee shots, requiring negotiation of doglegs, ditches, ponds etc. The greens were large, undulating, were in good condition and most surrounded by deep bunkers.
Played in October as the rainy season commenced it was evident that the course is not the best draining and consequently the fairways were not being cut affecting the run of the ball. However, the course was perfectly playable. I enjoyed the course very much. Next time I hope to play it in its best shape in the summertime.
A green fee of just under £20 was good vfm.
The catering service was excellent. Good golf fare, ie a pre-match breakfast and post match meal were good quality and vfm.
Priors Course Review - Course Shortened At Moment
Review relates to Priors Course not the members Abbotts course. There is no clubhouse, no practice facilities. There is a toilet in a portacabin. It is the course played along the M25, the other side of the mountain of mud and rubble being deposited by the lorries.
The course is carded at 5425 yards (yellow), but many of the holes have been dramatically shortened . . hence my 43 stapleford points! So I did not include the round for handicap. Some of the par 5s were now shortened to a short par 4 . . so short just a drive and a gap wedge. Course must now be playing well under 5000 yards . .
Not the owners fault, but the course has suffered from local thugs/gypsies? riding/racing their horses around the course. Piles of horse excrement on the fairways and hoof prints over many of the greens on the front 9. To be fair to the groundstaff, they have done an excellent job filling in and repairing the greens.
Come back in a year, and it should be better when it has been seeded and new tees laid, but at the moment, there are better value for money courses around e.g. Hainault and Epping or splash out a bit more and play the members Abbotts course.
what a disappointment
not a lot to say except its worth forgetting.
Course was in a great condition considering the price. Very good greens, tees and fairways with water hazards making you think about your shots.
However, no practise facilities at this sister course and frustrating that there are no distance markers throughout the course.
Would definitely visit again
Short, OK course, not well maintained
Tee boxes and fairways were OK, greens covered in pitch marks and look as if they shouldn't run as well as they actually do. I wouldn't fancy their chances when the weather's not as fair as it has been recently.
They've kept the par at 70 by making 4 holes par 5's when they could be 4's (reflected in an SSS of 66) - one was 382 yards today.
Nice enough layout, the hut substituting for a clubhouse is a minor negative, the lack of any practice facilities (not even a net or putting green) make this a struggle to get enthusiastic about playing again.
Decent but nothing special
We played the Priors Course. My rating for the clubhouse is based on the welcome and the good breakfast at the Abbotts course before heading 700 yards down the road to the Priors. Didn't see any practice facilities so gave that a 3. The Priors is a decent course. It is not very challenging and the par 5's are the length of par 4's at most other courses. The condition of the course is not bad. The greens were OK but very slow with a bobble or a rabbit hole here and there. All in all it is a course for you to cut your golfing teeth on.
Good course well worth the visit and reasonable price.
Stapleford Abbotts Priors course,
A very good day out, enjoyed the course, don,t like the fairways where people don't replace diverts, other than that all okay, course well layer out.
The greens were awful,I am glad I got a seniors discount ,otherwise not worth it,fairways are average,but the greens are the worse I have seen them,will not return for a long while
Not the greatest condition
Clubhouse and staff are very good and same goes for the food.Fairways not great ,greens are very testing but not the best condition,bunkers varied between good and poor.Some very testing holes that favour long hitters.Ditches and water come into play on a number of holes.I think we paid £17 on a Monday so overall not expensive.
Lovely Course, You must play this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beautiful setting, lovely course, easy walk round, you must play this one, its an excellent day out
Fairways very poor
First off, I really enjoyed the layout of this course and 16 out of the 18 holes. It was very quiet and we were the only ones in the bar (which may say something in itself) so to comment on the clubhouse, which is lovely, and hospitality may not be fair, although the staff that were there were not particularly interested. What I can say is that the fairways, around all of the greens and some of the actual greens themselves are in very poor condition, in desperate need of repair. This course is a very expensive twilight option and therefore based upon the quality of the course represents poor value for money - which is a shame. Massive potential at this club, which I suspect is struggling, with a fair amount of work ahead. I hope they do improve - let's see what happens, but compared to other alternatives within 5-10 miles I will not be back too soon but will be back at some time to see what's happened at the course, fingers crossed!
Expensive and noisy
Played the Abbotts. Course overall was in pretty good nick, but the greens were very bumpy and the majority of bunkers were riddled with stones. Lower end of the course runs alongside the M25; is noisy and can be a bit off-putting. They have put the prices up and it is not worth £34 a round - I hold a County Card and paid £23. Bar was unoccupied and the service, when it arrived, was unfriendly.
Having played there before. It was a change to play it when it was not on TOPLINE!
Another Essex Jewel
Club House Small,Food 3 out of 10,drinks Out of a machine £1 ago! I counted only 4 rakes on the course but I suppose there are a few hidden away somewhere,Bunkers were reasonable and put in the right places,there were some really good holes I like the one with water all around ,I would recommend value for money £12 on a Bank Holiday all thanks to Mr Ed,(God Bless Him)I can not wait to play the sister Course...
Stapleford Abbotts is a great course. Its the first time I have played there but I will be going back again.
The fairways were in great condition considering the time of year and the greens were fantastic, my putting was on great form here. some great Par 3's and Par 5's make this a very challenging course and I had a great day.
Please can you get some more strokesavers?
With so many doglegs on the front 9, a yardage chart would have been really handy for the first-time visitor; unfortunately they didn't have any. Also the greens had just been tined on the front, which made putting a bit of a lottery. The back 9 was Ok and you could even hit a driver occasionally. Having had this course bigged up by a member just a few days before, I have to say I was very disappointed, but then when you play as abysmally as I did, you have to find some excuse for it.
Enjoyed the course, quite tricky in places. A bit expensive (even as a quest), Will no doubt play again, but not on the first weekend of the month when your stuck behind a four ball in the monthly comp, who took forever to get around :-(
The Priors is my type of course.
Open fairways course, with some holes guarded by water, therefore strategies comes into play. Greens, Bunkers & fairways in good condition. The only negative side is No practice Net or putting green, Very few 150 yard marker post and Portacabin clubhouse with portaloo’s. But I would come back again because of the course. This is my type of course.
Hole in One on the 12th
Stapleford Abbotts - Priors
A nice course plenty of water, Greens in good condition, my best round so far and a hole in one on the 12th.
Happy days :)
Exceptional course - quite tough
Very good quality course. Greens in very good condition.
Stapleford Abbotts Championship course
Very pleasant course. Tight fairways, interesting holes, some with water in play, and also some good doglegs. Interesting course that you have to think your way around. Greens & Fairway all in excellent condition.I really enjoyed playing here. I well be back.
Stapleford Abbotts Priors
Nice course, very open with forgiving fairways and need to be when windy. Plenty or water in play but this means when it's wet it gets very boggy. M25 traffic is under threat if you hook on the 11th, looks even closer since the widening.
GOOD VALUE AT £15 FOR AN EARLYBIRD
This is well worth a visit for an early round,£15 no rushing only a couple of members on the course,it was in good condition all round.I see a green keeper cutting the greens with a push mower,they are in good shape and roll true,with good pace.
Will be going back there very soon,one of the better courses to play in the winter around this area.
My only gripe is the pro shop ass. could be more helpful,grunts and groans are plenty here,I was only asking advice on my new driver.That won't stop me going back tho'
Scrambled eggs on Toast
Great Course Water right where you don't want it
Some tricky Holes but Course always seems in good condition just would help sometimes if people shouted Four occasionally.
The Priors course at Stapleford Abbotts
Its a nice short ish course, no long par 5's and just a couple of longish par 4's. A fair amount of water hazzards. If you play poorly, the course will bite a bit, but if you stay anywhere near the fairways, you will still have a second shot to the green.
thoughts of stapleford abbotts
think this course is great, its a challenge if you can't produce a draw. i think its good value for money because of the challenge the course brings and greens are always in good condition.
practice facilities are not great.
staff are very friendly, being the assistant pro over there i would say give us a call and have a game..
and if social golfer would like to produce a golf day over there i would be happy to help.
01708 381 278 ask for mark quant if you would like to get a society .
A good day out at the Priors
OK here's the summary, good value for money, course was in good condition, sunshine was evident. This was a good shortish course, nonetheless challenging - but with plenty of opportunities to achieve good scores on just about all holes... Luckily I was hosted by some regulars - otherwise I might have gotten a little bit lost... Greens were good, fairways were fine... even the semi-rough was helpful... Nice parkland course, loads of trees and a swirling wind to make one think...
I enjoyed the round... 18th is a tight green across the water... I guess you could have nightmares about it, but just have a go and see where you end up...
Clubhouse facilities were limited but functional, on the day parking was a bit tight, so car share is recommended...
Good course, something for everyone, I will go again...
Stapleford Abbotts: Abbotts Course
We played after a week of heavy rain and the course was in remarkably good condition, with greens looking exactly that and running true. It's not a particularly long course but with water in play on numerous holes and some severe doglegs you have to plot your way around to get a good score. A fair challenge and worth a visit.
A refreashing public course
This is not the main course but the public one - and its very nice to play. not too many problems in your way, only the children fishing around the 18th can put you off.....
Played the Priors course earlier today and was impressed with the condition of the course. Hadnt played here since I was a teenager but will definately be going back - the greens are very well looked after and its good value at £16!
The Abbotts course at Stapleford Abbotts GC is always in a very good condition.
There are no temp greens or mats.
Although fairly flat, this parkland course has plenty of hazards to catch out the bad shots.
Greens, fairways, tees and bunkers are all very good.
There is a good practice area, especially for your short game.
The Perfect Venue for 2 Rounds in a Day!!
About half a mile past the clubhouse is The Priors Course. This inland links course is wonderful on a summer's day but if its windy, and your a high handicapper, you'll hate playing golf by the 14th!! A lovely course and equally challenging!! Drive back to the Clubhouse for a spot of lunch and a pint. Done?? Good!! The Abbotts course (Also known as The Championship Course) is a Beautiful Course to play. A Parkland course, over 600 yards longer then The Priors and about twice the price in Green Fee BUT this is the most immaculate course I have played (Along with Mill Hill). Worth The Visit!!