12 reviews of West Essex Golf Club
Decent course, but not the best challenge. The 2nd is a tough driving hole, but most other holes are a bit up and down and not too featured with trouble. Fairways needed cutting and greens could have been better.
I am a junior member here and I don't see why you are all finding the first so hard I'm 13 and I can reach the green in 2. Other than that I love the course and it's good to play with friends as junior guests only have to pay 10£ which I think is a great deal as woodford (9holes) is up to 20£ on a weekend :s The only thing I would say is the junior players are so good that a 26handicapper like me will never make the team Plus new bar staff are really friendly as is the lady in the half way house
We played West Essex 2 weeks ago and I must say what a fantastic experience, the club are also making some changes to a number of tees and have extended the lake on the 14th hole. We were told that the club have had a new course director this year - well golfers its worth playing if you havnt already been there. The green fees were affordable and the clubhouse had such a friendly atmosphere to it. We shall definately be going back again.
Just had our lady members right a review on this little gem of a course in Chingford Essex, North London. We took a small sociaty there of golfing couples and was overwhelmed with the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the golf course. I played it many years ago and after coming back again it took my breath away. I beleive Oliver Fisher is attached there too - I can see how he has developed with this great facility. the course is superb, you get spoilt on the practice ground with undercover bays, open air grass tees, and a great short game area. The clubhouse has a wonderful feel to it and overall food was eaqual to our golfing experience. Dont miss this opportunity guys.
Played the course for the first time 22/09/06 and was a little disappointed with the overall experience. The first is a very strange starting hole: It's a short par-four (250-odd yards) but is severely uphill for the final 100 yards - the hole is tree-lined and you tee-off across the road entrance to the course (beware of crossing cars), so it could be a bit intimidating for the higher handicapper. The course is extremely hilly in places and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are reasonably fit. The front nine is shorter and easier (with three par-threes) than the back nine. Didn't really like the rows of bushes crossing the full width of several fairways, as it was too much like driving a ball over Beechers Brook - hazards are fine, but these bushes even protect one of the greens and that's too punitive in my opinion. Greens were in good condition and although we played in rain for much of the day, the course stood up to it well. A few people in our party found some of the club staff a little unwelcoming, though I must say that our starter was friendly and helpful.
Played 16th March, when windy, cold and in sleety snow. The greens look absolutley awful which is a comment made to me by a member, and he was right. A lot of borrows subtle and not so, but still, the look was horrible. Very hilly and I was pleased to have hired an electric trolley at a very good rate, albeit it was a Powakaddy and should have been a Hill Billy because of the hills! Played the back 9 better probably because the front was poor and I relaxed a lot then. When the greens have been addressed and some sun hits the fairways I can imagine this to be a good course. The members we met were friendly and helpful, pro shop helpful and friendly, all in all not too bad a day.
played this course today (30/08/05) we whent into the pro,s shop and he was very nice and help full.we then made our way down to the first tee were we herd some members moaning about the youth players??? the course was very busy and it was quite obvious that we was going to be in for a slow round but it was a nice day so we wernt worried until we got to the third green where upon some lady members decided to have a moan at us from 130yds away about the fact that they were waiting although we couldn,t go any were because the people on the next fairway were still in range. the course it,self was in very good condition and was quite tight in places. but maybe this should become amembers only course because it was obvious to us that they did not like visitors on there course even though we were paying £45.00 for the round. and they are advertising for members??? not for me im afraid.
Played West Essex on a Twilight Ticket, half the usual green fee, probably because despite the lovely evening, no-one was around to play. Decided to play because of it's proximity to Chingford station, left my desk in the City at 5pm and was teeing off at 6pm including the time it took to change, very handy. Anyway the course was in excellent condition, greens were smooth and of moderate pace, bunkers, tees and fairways perfect. Front nine which are cut through the forest are quirky but interesting and supply fantastic views over NE London and Essex. Back nine are more open but the length makess this 9 the most challenging. Tees are a little to close to other fairways and greens so on a busy day it could be a bit hairy but apart from that a good time was had by all.
DTI Golf Society visited this course in May. We had a fantastic day with weather to match. The course was presented extremely well, from the condition of the practice area (off grass!), to the excellent tees, fairways and greens. It would be difficult to find criticism with any part of this course for a society day. The only oddity apart from the barmaids aversion to pulling a pint of Guinness is the rather strange first hole that many of our mid to high handicappers found a little too challenging for a starting hole. In common with other reviewers, we found every one of the club's members or staff we came across to be exceedingly welcoming. In short, in addition to being happy to return privately or as a society member, I would gladly be a member of this club.
There should be a safety warning printed on the scorecard. At least two of the greens are far too close to the tees for the next hole and the chances of getting hit by a miscued shot are very real. Despite the stunning views over East London, this is not a memorable course. The final three holes..up to the clubhouse for the 16th, back down for the 17th and then up for the 18th can be tiring. No wonder some members decide to retire when coming off the 16th green.
Played yesterday in a small society day (12). Course was in excellent condition and a joy to play. Didn't realise until afterwards that 4 greens had been completely reconstructed over the winter the work was that good. One down point is that most of our group were unimpressed with the par 3's, which were felt to be somewhat dull. Some great par 3's would complete the course. Heard someone say previously that it was very un-welcoming. I found it to be the opposite. Had several conversations with members and they were all very friendly. Staff were fine too. Would give it 8/10 and with better par 3's would be at least a 9.
I have, perhaps, been lucky in that I have only visited the course as a fourball or pair. We have found the course to be excellent, with equally good clubhouse and catering. Work has finished on the improvements to four of the front nine greens and I am looking forward to trying them out soon.
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