Enjoyably Challenging Course - Recommended
West Essex is a challenging parkland course; which is quite undulating in places. There are numerous blind landing areas from tee shots; tight lines; sloping fairways; trees and uphill approach shots to tricky greens.
I played the course in April 2017; the course and greens were in excellent condition. Expect faster greens during peak summer conditions.
I entered the London Amateur Open; a new stableford competition for Men, Seniors, Ladies and Juniors; unusual to incorporate all of these categories in the same event. Keep an eye out on Golf Empire for details of next years competition.
The competition entry fee was £40 inclusive of tea/coffee on arrival, 18 holes and a post match meal. Excellent VFM if compared with visitor green fees.
The facilities all round were very good, food and staff attention were excellent. Play it if you can.
West Essex a course of two characters
Easy enought o locate this West Essex golf course, semi rural, which has been designed almost in two halvers, the first 9 full of undulations, clever holes, good layout and challenging (tight and tricky - favouring a conservative approach). The second 9 is more open, less undulating (until the 18th( favouring the bigger hitters...
Clubhouse facilities are excellent, breakfast was included and well worth waiting for. Service with a smile before and after golf. Note this facility has no spike bar so proper shoes please. Adequate parking at this easy to accesa course,
Fairways - although a few seasonal leafage abounded) were playable and not at all soggy, I didn't lose sight of a ball m bunkers were strategically placed to catch the unwary - although sand was a but heavy they were playable. Greens had been well kept, perhaps a little too fluffy BUT they play fairly at reasonable pace and it was possible to hold approach shots on most greens.
This course is worth a visit, probably will provide better and more panoramic views in Spring/Summer/Autumn, lthough not too many notable holes the overall experience is that it is well worth the trip. Good practice facilities and pleasant locals.
Good value quirky Braid design
Up and down a lot, playing over hedges and back across the green you've just come off are some of the features of this James Braid design, but it's a fair test with varied holes which can yield a good score. The clubhouse was quiet when we visited and, though it has grand aspects, the visitors' locker rooms are a real let-down.