Posted: 10 March 2014 by Higgins Homes
For the discerning golfer, Essex has no shortage of courses to choose from, over 90 in fact. Whatever your style or desired landscape you can be sure to find somewhere to tee-off and practice your swing, or take on new challenges in different surroundings. Here are just a few courses that we have picked out to get you started.
Deemed as one of England's best, Thorndon Park Golf Club is an impressive expanse of open parkland, framed by aging oaks and complete with fairways generous enough for even the biggest hitters. Hard but true greens are also a strong feature. It was designed in 1920 by the infamous Harry Colt a prolific golf course architect responsible for hundreds of courses all over the world.
For a casual round on the coast, head to Frinton Golf Club. This established seaside course was founded in 1895 and offers moderately open fairways and challenging puts. The brisk sea air makes for excitingly unpredictable changes in wind and careful club selection on every hole. www.frintongolfclub.com
Surrounded by breathtaking views and sculpted to perfection, Toot Hill is a modern course with a classic feel. It was first opened just 23 years ago in 1991 and has become a firm favourite with many golfers in the county. Its unpretentious atmosphere and varied landscape are amongst its numerous assets, the piece de résistance being the spectacular par 3 12th with its iconic island green. www.toothillgolfclub.co.uk
Another well-established club is Orsett. This Championship heartland course was first founded in 1899 and redesigned in the early 20th Century and is full of charm and variety. It has a par of 72, carefully laid out over 6,600 yards and makes for some demanding yet rewarding play. www.orsettgolfclub.com
Designed by F.G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor in 1924, Chigwell Golf Club is renowned for its undulating landscape and challenging 18 holes with a par of 71, measuring 6296 yards from the competition tees. Well-guarded greens and beautiful mature trees keep golfers on their toes as they blast down the fairways a course never to be tired of. www.chigwellgolfclub.co.uk
Ashbee Lodge is a stunning development of two-bedroom luxury apartments in Chigwell, backing right onto the golf course, boasting fine views of the green and one of the most desirable postcodes in the area. Higgins Homes has a reputation for quality and location with Ashbee Lodge being no exception. Get in there while you still can, only 3 apartments remain.