The top courses in Essex

The golf courses in Essex include superb links courses such as Frinton in the East of the county, The Essex, an excellent parkland golf course in central Essex, as well as golf clubs near London such as Toot Hill. There are some excellent golfing holiday destinations too, for instance at The Warren and Bunsay Downs, but whatever you are looking for you will find a wide range of public golf courses and private members golf clubs in Essex, as there are approximately 80 golf courses in Essex. The county shares its borders with Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Kent, and Greater London, and has many good quality golf clubs near Chelmsford, the county town. A challenge is often laid down to players by championship golf courses such as Blakes, and Benton Hall. They are all easy to get to for visitors with London Stansted Airport being based in the county and serving worldwide destinations.

Essex Golf Courses

 Havers Course at Frinton Golf Club in Essex

Frinton Golf Club

Frinton is a seaside course that provides a fine test of golf. At 6,265 yards, Frinton is not excessively long by modern standards and, at first glance, the open fairways with their lack of trees may seem unchallenging, but this is certainly not the whole story. The fast, firm, undulating greens test the best putters. Tidal ditches cross many fairways requiring accurately placed shots. The trademark of the links course, the ever-changing sea breeze, demands careful club selection on every hole. Our greens are probably the best all year round greens in the region. Frinton Golf Club was founded in 1895 and can look back on a distinguished past as well as looking forward to an exciting future.

 The Gainsborough at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa in Essex

Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa

Two Championship Golf Courses in Essex Stoke by Nayland have two championship golf courses. The Gainsborough and the Constable, both created in the early 1970s and named after two local famous artists, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. The courses are well-established and include lakes, streams and woodland. They have played host to the PGA Europro Tour, European Senior Tour PGA Seniors Championships, European Challenge Tour (The English Challenge) and the Ladies European Tour Access Series.

 Saffron Walden Golf Club at Saffron Walden Golf Club in Essex

Saffron Walden Golf Club

Saffron Walden Golf Club is home to one of the finest parkland golf courses in the whole of East Anglia. Set in the picturesque surroundings of Audley End's famous mansion, the Club also boasts superb views over the historic market town of Saffron Walden. In addition to our outstanding golf course, we have a 140-person capacity Clubhouse and Bar & Catering facility serving freshly cooked homemade food daily and numerous beers and wines. We also have a private Function/Conference room seating up to 24 people seminar style overlooking the 18th green.

 Orsett Golf Club at Orsett Golf Club in Essex

Orsett Golf Club

Orsett G.C was founded in 1899; this magnificent championship course designed by the legendry James Braid was firmly imbedded into this piece of the Essex countryside. In the early years Orsett became a focal point for the local community to gather and enjoy their golf; even through the hard times of the two world wars. Situated within 5 miles of the M25, this fine par 72 championship course has a demanding layout of over 6,600 yards. In recent years Orsett has established itself as host to the regional qualifying round for The Open Championship no less than on 11 occasions.

 Forrester Park at Forrester Park in Essex

Forrester Park

Located in beautiful Essex countryside mid-way between Colchester and Chelmsford, Forrester Park has been established for over 40 years, and is renowned for its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. The golf course is a well-established 6073-yard par 71 parkland layout offering plenty of hazards to challenge of all levels. With its tree-lined undulating fairways, the course is about accuracy rather than distance, and judgement rather than strength. Based around a 16th Century building and family home, and sympathetically extended and updated over the years, Forrester Park offers the best of all worlds – a traditional setting with up-to-the-minute facilities and excellent service.

 Blakes Championship Course at Blakes in Essex


The Blakes Championship course, designed by renowned course architect Howard Swan, is best described as an inland links. The layout and undulations of the course are totally unique to the area with rolling fairways and sleepered bunkers giving the feel of a traditional seaside links. Blakes Golf Club are in the process of submitting an application for planning permission to develop an additional golf course next to the existing course in North Weald. The proposed 18-hole championship golf course will be primarily available on a pay-to-play basis - with peak weekend tee times available to visitors. The application includes plans for a new junior teaching Academy and junior teaching and practice facilities.

 Bishops Course at Benton Hall Golf and Country Club in Essex

Benton Hall Golf and Country Club

Benton Hall golf and health club in Witham, Essex offers state of the art health and fitness facilties together with a challenging golf course. The Championship course is a challenging parkland layout set amongst natural woodland and rolling countryside. Renowned for its impressive views, each hole represents its own challenge, with the river Blackwater meandering through the course adding to the picture postcard views. After your round of golf, relax in the Clubhouse or on the terrace overlooking the lake with its abundance of wildlife.

 Toot Hill Golf Club at Toot Hill Golf Club in Essex

Toot Hill Golf Club

Toot Hill is no ordinary golf course. Stand on the first tee and you will see for yourself. The views are breathtaking and the layout spectacular. This renowned undulating parkland course is undoubtedly one of the finest in Essex. Measuring 6254 yards, this 18 Hole Par 70 course has been created utilising the very best attributes of the natural landscape Rolling hills, carefully placed bunkers and water hazards, including a spectacular island green par 3 12th hole all add to the challenges that inspire golfers of all standards on each and every hole.

 The Warren Course at The Warren Golf & Country Club  in Essex

The Warren Golf & Country Club

The course provides a beautiful but challenging test as it winds its way through historic parkland with an abundance of mature trees and natural streams. Situated less than an hour away from London and 15 minutes from the county town of Chelmsford it is easily accessible, yet once through the entrance you will feel wonderfully sheltered from the intrusions and distraction of modern life. The Warren Golf Club has one of the most charming period clubhouses in the county. The building is made from a genuine timbered Essex Barn dating back to 1744, and was converted to a clubhouse in 1934.

 Championship Course at The Essex Golf and Country Club in Essex

The Essex Golf and Country Club

The Essex is minutes away from Colchester and is a fantastic Club for the whole family. From Golf to Tennis, through Aerobics to Swimming, whether you want to get fit, lose weight, learn a new sport, pamper yourself or just to enjoy friends in a relaxed environment. The Essex offers the very best including hotel accommodation. The 6,900 yard, 18 hole Championship County Course has already won critical acclaim for its challenging yet fair features. With four par 3’s, nine par 4’s, five par 5’s, ten lakes and strategically placed bunkering give a spectacular beginning and finale to the round. The course provides a constant choice of shots for golfers of all standards.

 The Lakes Course at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes in Essex

Crowne Plaza Five Lakes

Crowne Plaza Colchester - Five Lakes, near the coastal town of Maldon, Essex is the 1st Crowne Plaza Resort in the UK. Set in 320 acres of unspoiled Essex countryside the newly refurbished resort offers some of the finest sports and leisure facilities in the south east of England, making it perfect for family leisure breaks. Guests looking for weekend golf breaks will enjoy the two magnificent 18-hole golf courses. Or relax in our Spa and enjoy superb food at either of our two new restaurants.

 Abbotts Championship Course at Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club in Essex

Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club

Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club consists of 45 holes of golf, the main Championship Course is the Abbotts, with The Priors Golf Course located only a short car journey up the same road. And the Newly Opened Monastery 9 Hole Golf Course, which is made up of 9 par 3’s ideal for sharpening up your short game. Each golf course offers a very different test with varied water features, tree lines and parkland across the courses.

 Maylands Golf Club at Maylands Golf Club in Essex

Maylands Golf Club

Just 14 miles from central London, Maylands Golf Club, Essex, is a stunning championship course designed by Harry Colt, one of the greatest golf course architects of the 20th century. The 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course opened in 1936. Elsewhere, Maylands features a large practice area, an 18-hole four-tier putting green and a chipping green, with two practice bunkers. The Clubhouse offers exposed beams, open fireplace and large terrace, and affords stunning views across the championship course. Within this 200-year-old converted barn, you'll find The Brasserie and recently refurbished Spike Bar. It makes an ideal venue for weddings, functions, proms & conferences.