The Essex (Colchester)

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Address: Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO62NS, United Kingdom
Rating: 4.0
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Opened: 1990
Holes: 27
Type: Parkland
Length: 6907 (18 hole); 2200 (9 hole)
Par: 73 (18 hole); 34 (9 hole)
Rating/SSS: 71
Slope:
Green Fees: £26 weekday; £31 weekend
Offers: Accept 2fore1 vouchers. Plus discounts available for groups of 8 or more golfers (contact professional shop for detail of current offers).
Tel No: 01787 22 44 66
Location: View Map
Website: www.theclubcompany.com
   
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Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

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Facilities
Changing rooms with showers; Club, buggy & trolley hire; Fully stocked professional shop; Comprehensive practice facilities include 20 bay flood lit driving range, chipping area and putting green; Bar and full catering facilities.
Description
The Essex is part of The Club Company group (11 golf clubs). The Essex is a fantastic Club for the whole family. From Golf to Tennis, through Aerobics to Swimming, whether you want to get fit, lose weight, learn a new sport, pamper yourself or just to enjoy friends in a relaxed environment, The Essex offers the very best. The Pulse brasserie offers a wide range of food and full bar facilities plus the Summer Terrace is perfectly placed to relax with views across the course. The 6,900 yard, 18 hole Championship County Course has already won critical acclaim for its challenging yet fair features. With four par 3’s, nine par 4’s, five par 5’s, ten lakes and strategically placed bunkering give a spectacular beginning and finale to the round. The course provides a constant choice of shots for golfers of all standards. The 2,200 yard, short par 34 Garden Course, offers a different challenge altogether. Its tightly guarded greens, tricky par 4’s and attractive par 3’s present an intriguing and popular challenge to beginners and experts alike. Regular golfers will be particularly impressed by the standard of greens, tees and fairways. With a fully computerised irrigation system using water from the Club’s own 13-million gallon reservoir and over 40 miles of drainage pipes, the course remains open virtually every day of the year.

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Number of Reviews: 14

Handicap: 20
Pro Member

23 Oct 2018, 18:21
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

nice course but boring

The Essex golf and country club Mmmm. looking forward to playing this..... what a let down.
Food was nice, staff was nice,course was nice..... NICE is the right word not fantastic not rubbish but NICE . Long course very well maintained but i call this a corprate course not a members course. Greens were excellent for October bunkers were good but no real outstanding hole. I will go back again maybe next year but not in a hurry to rush back.
The course was NICE!!!

  

Handicap: 13
Pro Member

20 Sep 2017, 08:29
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Championship length ..a real test!

Sometimes playing off the yellows I feel as though I am cheating! Not at the Essex at 6,600 yards this is a proper length test. par 4's well over 400yds par 5's at 550yds you really need to be driving well off the tee.
The Essex has improved vastly in recent years, the fairways were lush and second cuts just about right. The greens were ok, a few were a bit rough but on a hole a very nice set up.
Staff were very friendly and the food was good. The practise facilities are good. All in all for £25 with a choice of meal, I felt it was a smashing deal. So if you want to really test yourself off the tee at a beautiful parkland course? Try the Essex!

  

Handicap: 13
Pro Member

05 Oct 2015, 13:38
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Long toughish course for the big hitter

I've played the Essex now a few times but never once ripped it up. The course is a biggy and so are some of the holes. You have to hit 250 of many of the pars fours to get a chance of getting a par. The first and second cut can be penal. Getting a score going out makes it easier as the back nine can be tough.
A few holes are samey but it does have a few gems. But if you want to score well you have to boom it off the tee...simples!
Hotel/club house is ok its based on the top floor, the food is good.

  

Handicap: 21
Pro Member

12 Aug 2015, 19:43
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Good test

The first impression you get playing Essex G&CC is how nice the course is. That doesn't really change, but you start to get the feeling that you've played the same holes again after a while as they all look fairly similar.

The holes tend to be fairly long, and while the fairways aren't exactly tight, they's not especially generous either. Miss the fairways and you tend to lose the ball either in trees or water, and don't expect finding your ball in either.

I can't fault the condition of the tees, fairways and greens, which were all really good. The bunkers however, the ones I went into anyway, tended to be hard and with little sand.

There's not a pro shop as you pay at the reception of the country club. The changing rooms are really lovely, and the bar looked really gorgeous too.

  

Handicap: 15

01 Jun 2015, 20:49
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 5.0
Quality of Course Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Superb challenge

An excellent championship length course, tree lined with lakes. Always in great condition. (There is also a good tough 9-hole pay-as-you-play).

  

Handicap: 18

03 Jan 2014, 21:32
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 3.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Great course shame about the weather.

Course was very wet with standing water all over the place due to heavy rain over night. Greens were in great condition considering the weather and the fairways though wet were playable. Although long I liked this course a lot, some good par 3s and very long par4s with lots of water to avoid. Will be playing again hopefully in better weather.
Practice facilities are good and we were treated very well in the bar/restaurant by friendly staff.

  

TSG

04 Nov 2013, 16:59
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

well worth playing

Hi the course was a little bit wet in places ,but not to bad considering all the rain we had the night before. Very well laid out.Good length to a lot of the holes.Bit windy today ,but it will be a great course to play in the summer.Will be going back.. mike pierce

  

Handicap: 16

30 Dec 2012, 18:29
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

Nice track, certainly worth playing

Nice interesting course.Considering the amount of rain we have had it was in excellent condition. Very wet underfoot but greens and fairways were extremely good. Long and tight in places which certainly makes you think. Nice welcoming clubhouse, friendly staff and a special Internet price of £57 for a fourball made for a very enjoyable round

  

Handicap: 17
Pro Member

03 Jul 2011, 16:37
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Long course suit a big hitter, but be straight or you will be in trouble.

Long course suit a big hitter, but be straight or you will be in trouble. Some tight tree line fairways with water in play, and doglegs. Interesting course, you have to think your way around. Fairways, bunkers & greens were in good condition. Down side No driving net to warm up in. £20 11am Sunday Tee Off..I would come back

  

Handicap: 17

06 Feb 2011, 17:27
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 5.0

very good indeed

all round good course will play again soon!!

  

Handicap: 16
Pro Member

23 Nov 2010, 19:10
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Bargain!!!!

This was my first time here and i will definitely be going back. This is a long course, even off the yellows, coupled with the reasonably tight fairways, makes for engaging the brain on a lot of the holes.
Allthough a challenge the course and layout of the holes is very asthetically pleasing and enjoyable.
Considering the time of year the course is in very good condition indeed, fairways fairly dry in comparison to elsewhere, greens are a joy...quick and true.
Couple all this with a green fee of £20 on a Sunday makes for a very happy golfer.


  

Handicap: 19
Pro Member

17 Sep 2010, 16:25
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 3.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Long but fair.......

This is a long course but relatively flat and is very nicely maintained with good greens. It starts with a long Par 5 dog-leg right hole which sets the tone for the rest of your round. However, beware of the water on a number of the holes as it can catch you out in places. Overall we enjoyed it but allow yourselves time as it took us nearly 5 hours to get round but we did have some high handicappers with us. Good value at £20 each using the Openfairways card and look forward to going back soon!


  

Handicap: 20

10 Aug 2009, 20:33
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 4.0

Essex Golf & Country Club

Played here yesterday in a 3 ball.

I'm currently off 23 and my two partners are 8 & 28 respectively

We all enjoyed a well thought out course on the site of an old military airfield. In fact, there is still a landing strip for light aircraft running alongside the course.

Water plays a major role on this one, with 12 different lakes coming in to play on holes 1,5,6,7,9,10,12,13,14 & 18.

The tee boxes and fairways were in very good condition, there's some harsh rough as well so its best to be as straight as possible.

The greens were excellent with a good consistant roll.

Special mention to the starter who was very friendly and gave lots of useful advice on how to play the first, not that it helped me (scored an 8!!)

For a Sunday it wasn't too busy just a couple of minor hold ups at the par 3's on the back nine

We paid £31 each, plus £3 for a yardage chart which as first time visitors was pretty essential

Overall, definately one I would return to, well worth an hours drive

  

Handicap: 28

19 Mar 2008, 14:31
Clubhouse/Hospitality Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course Rating: 4.0
Practice Facilities Rating: 4.0
Value for Money Rating: 3.0

Member for 10 years!!

I started my golf here and left with a handicap of 4!
Friendly atmosphere with 1 championship course and a 9 hole course which exceedss expectations!
A recommendation!
Used to be called and I think still is known as "the course that drains when it rains."

  




 

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