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Golf in Essex

Essex is home to quite some nice golf courses, but there are also quite a lot of other things to see and discover in Essex. From the globally acclaimed nightclub Sugar Hut to the calm of the Blackwater salt marshes. From the vibrant hum of Chelmsford, UK’s newest city, to the historical majesty of ‘Britain’s First City’, Colchester. Essex is a county in the south-east of England, just north-east of London. The deep estuaries on the east coast give Essex the longest coast of any county. A high proportion of the Essex population, mainly in the south, commute to London.

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Golf in Essex
When visiting Essex for golf, the following Essex golf clubs should be on your list: Thordon Park Golf Club, Orsett Golf Club, Chelmsford Golf Club and Romford Golf Club. James Braid - a well-known golf architect - became a pro at Romford Golf Club in 1896 and he is responsible for the designs of many lovely Essex golf courses. Henry Cotton was also a well known figure in Essex, so his signature can also be found on many Essex golf courses. The highest density of golf clubs in Essex can be found just north of London. There are also some interesting links courses along the Essex coast. Getting to Essex is quite easy. The main airport in Essex is Stansted Airport, serving destinations in Europe, North Africa and Asia. London Southend Airport, an airport mainly used low-cost carriers like Easyjet, now has a train station with a direct link to London.

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Best reviews of golf courses in Essex
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6.7
jgardineruk
Gold
Review date: 15 February 2021Handicap: 18
Stock Brook Golf Club
A multi-use venue with leisure facilities and functions hosted alongside the golf. Stock and Brook are the two main 9 hole courses but you can mix and match with the slightly less salubrious Manor 9 holes to add variety. It may well not help my cause next time I play there, but I wouldn't say the welcome is always as warm as it could be in the pro shop or bar. It could we…
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6.5
jgardineruk
Gold
Review date: 22 February 2021Handicap: 18
Maylands Golf Club
A down-to-earth venue just off Junction 28 of the M25. It can get a bit heavy in winter months but they certainly try to soldier on and keep it open as much as possible. Don't be surprised if you come across herds of deer on your way round; there's quite a rural feel away from the hum of the nearby motorway. Relaxed clubhouse with a warm Essex welcome.
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7.6
jgardineruk
Gold
Played on: 18 April 2021 Review date: 18 April 2021Handicap: 18
Benton Hall Golf & Country Club
Water, water everywhere on this Essex course. If you get through your round with the same ball you started with you’ll be doing very well indeed. The streams, ponds and lakes certainly add to the picturesque setting at this combined country club/golf course. Gorgeous on a lovely sunny day but take a few spare balls.
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7.5
jgardineruk
Gold
Review date: 7 April 2021Handicap: 18
The Burstead Golf Club
Set in the Essex heartland just outside Billericay, this is a nice enough parkland course with many holes featuring water hazards of one type or another. Clubhouse and practice facilities are good but watch out for the old 'exit-gate passcode' trick before you leave. Always annoying when you have to trot back and ask for that when you're trying to make your escape! Nice c…
FAQ's about golf in Essex
Have questions? These are the most popular questions with data-driven answers.
What is the best golf course in Essex?
Thorndon Park Golf Club is the best golf course in Essex. Out of 81 golf courses in Essex, the rating 8.0 of Thorndon Park Golf Club is the highest. Click here to view the 10 best golf courses in Essex
Is Essex good for golf?
A 8.9 rating indicates Essex is very good as a golf destination. This rating is based on several elements, like the average rating of golf clubs within this destination and the density of above-average golf clubs.
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