Golf World Directory’s Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex
Essex is a county full of Golf History. From historical courses and locations to layouts by renowned course designers and golfers, Essex is a county that should be known more for its impressive golf courses and golfers themselves than for its association to reality television.
As one of the largest counties in England it is no easy feat to choose the Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex. Taking into account the opinions of amateur and professional golfers, club facilities, history and reputation as well reviews these courses have received online, we have ranked the following courses as Golf World Directory’s Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex.
First Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Thorndon Park Golf Club
Thorndon park is an 18 Hole parkland course boasting lush fairways surrounded by mature oaks. The final hole brings golfers to the impressive and historical Palladian Thorndon Hall which is now the Clubhouse. A modern and impressive course steeped in history this is a must visit course.
Yardage: 6512 Yards
Second Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Orsett Golf Club
Orsett Golf Club has played host to the regional qualifying rounds for The Open Championship on 11 occasions, and we are sure that this will continue to be the case. Renowned for its superb drainage and irrigation this course is a spectacular golf destination all year round. A unique course designed by James Braid; Orsett Golf Club combines both features of both Woodland and Heath-land golf.
Yardage: 6,600 Yards
Third Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Chelmsford Golf Club
Chelmsford Golf Club is considered a parkland course and a Gem within the county. Steeped in history this course has been in existence for over 100 years celebrating its Centenary year in 1993. This challenging course cleverly incorporates a valley since the redesign in 1924. Chelmsford Golf Club is a short course but not one to be overlooked or underestimated.
Yardage: 5996 Yards
Fourth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Colchester Golf Club
Colchester Golf Club boasts a well kept Heath-land golf course designed by James Braid. The challenge comes in the protection of each hole. Fairways lined with mature trees, tightly bunkered approaches and undulating greens make for a tougher test that may first be expected.
Yardage: 6357 Yards
Fifth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Romford Golf Club
Romford Golf Club as with many courses in Essex is steeped in history. It played host to the regional qualifiers for The Open championship for five consecutive years from 1995-2000. Described by Bernard Darwin as ‘Probably the best of these Essex Courses’ and known as the home green to James Braid. For many years this course is a must visit for anybody venturing to the county.
Yardage: 6383 Yards
Sixth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Frinton Golf Club (Havers Course)
Frinton Golf Club has the pleasure of being down by the coast. Another challenging course in our Top 10 selection, but this time a slightly different challenge ahead. A typical links course the Havers is a long course providing narrow fairways made tougher by some of the tee positions. Fairway in regulation is important, but more so is location on the fairway . . . something to consider if you have that kind of control, but still no easy feat with the wind that you’d expect from a links course.
Yardage: 6265 Yards
Seventh Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Chigwell Golf Club
Chigwell Golf Club is a private members club which boasts an excellent clubhouse atmosphere. The course sets the tone on the first hole. One of the most challenging starts in the County 5 shots is usually a good start on this long 467-yard par 4. Surrounded by impressive houses on all sides the natural slope on which the course is designed along with bunker protected greens provides a challenge to golfers of all levels. This course is a joy to play and the Home Club of Golf World Directory.
Yardage: 6309 Yards
Eighth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Bentley Golf & Country Club
Bentley Golf & Country Club was purchased by members in 2004 and is considered one of the toughest courses in the county. The club has played host to numerous county events and continues to do so. The course boasts water features on almost every hole, including their signature 16th Hole which will see the risk-taking golfer going for the long carry over the lake which protects the green.
Yardage: 6703 Yards
Ninth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – Abridge Golf Club
Abridge Golf & Country Club is the regional qualifying course, designed by the legendary Henry Cotton. His personal touch to the design was ensuring that both the front and back nine start at finish at the clubhouse. As a course Abridge offers a stunning challenge across an 18 Hole parkland course, with countryside views across the county of Essex. As a club, Abridge has even more to offer; professional practice facilities including a driving range, short game practice area & practice bunkers make a perfect location for any golfer looking to fine tune their game.
Yardage: 6704 Yards
Tenth Place in our Top 10 Golf Courses in Essex – West Essex Golf Club
West Essex Golf Club known by locals as ‘The West’ is a Championship Parkland Course routed through the esteemed Epping Forest. A challenging course which also boasts superb facilities including a grass driving range and large modern clubhouse. The club not only offers views of London’s skyline but presents the challenge of the smallest championship green in England at roughly 154 Sq.yards. Almost half the size of Royal Troon’s “Postage Stamp” at roughly 300 Sq.yards.
Yardage: 6289 Yards
Special Mentions in Essex
While the following courses couldn’t be included in the Top 10 golf courses in Essex, we have recognised them as having some great features that we believe deserve to be mentioned. This is both out of respect for design and quality at these courses, as well as for the benefit of our readers who we feel need to know about some of these hidden gems.
If you don’t start now, then when will you?
Golf as with anything requires you to take that first step and get started. It is one of those sports that without practice is very hard to play, let alone improve. However, getting started can be difficult, especially if you don’t know anybody else that plays or aren’t sure which clubs will accept you without knowing your playing ability. Hobbs Cross Golf Centre in our opinion is the best starting place for anybody in Essex. It has a driving range, a 9-Hole Pitch & Putt and 9-Hole Par 35 Course. Hobbs Cross are very welcoming, and we believe the perfect place for anybody looking to get started.
Sister courses Toot Hill Golf Club and Cranham Golf Course both deserve a mention here. They both have excellent drainage and should be on the top of your list during the winter months, not to mention the impressive Island Green Par 3 holes that each of these two courses provides as a great challenge.
If it is more than just a course that you’re looking for we recommend Boyce Hill Golf Club. As suggested by the name this course is one of the hilliest you’ll find in the county. Located in South Benfleet, this Club offers more than just the round of golf. An impressive clubhouse matched by even more impressive views from everywhere on the course we recommend this as a location for a full day out of golf for any golfers and societies.