Our Golf Course in South Ockendon
This magnificent par 70 Essex golf course is among the most picturesque in the County, with its environmentally protected areas and a huge variety of plants and wild life.
A wealth of mixed specimen trees, both young and mature, add dimension and character to the course with streams and lakes leading down to the River Mardyke.
The golf course is gaining a fine reputation, with the contours of the valley ensuring that golfers’ skills are tested to the full, especially at the 17th, our signature hole the ‘Watery Grave’, which is possibly one of the most charming golf courses in Essex.
The golf course is open 7 days a week, all year round, from 7.15am in the Spring and Summer months and 7.45am through Autumn and Winter. Massive investment in our drainage and irrigation systems, allows us to stay open through drought and deluge, enabling our hardier members to play their best golf in the most inclement weathers.
Designed by our members, the layout of this testing course is excellent, with plenty of markers and directions to let you know where you are.
You are welcome to come up and practice on our real ball driving range or hone your putting skills on our practice putting green in front of the clubhouse.
Our greenkeepers are hard at work throughout the year with current machinery to ensure the course is kept in perfect condition.
Hole by Hole Guide
Please ask at the Clubhouse reception for one of our pocket sized Yardage books to take with you, but in the mean time, here’s a brief guide of the course.
“…a slightly unusual course, the first three holes being fairly straight forward enough with no trouble for high handicappers, but after that there are a few surprises in store!…”
The 1st – Par 4, Looks Easy 283 yards
An aptly named hole as the green may be reached in one but watch out for the bushes in your firing line. A bunker to front left of the green will catch left heading shots.
The 2nd – Par 4, The Copse 418 yards
A sharp left to right dog leg into the green makes for a very interesting and difficult hole. The green which is up on a dais is protected by trees forming the copse and requires precision shots to avoid frustration.
The 3rd – Par 4, The Old Road 416 yards
A long Par 4 off the whites makes this a tricky hole for competitions. Grassy hollows obstruct and kill shots to the right. Two strategically placed bunkers guard the green.
The 4th – Par 4, The Limes 360 yards
Three bunkers and a grassy bank are the hazards on this otherwise benign S.I. 12 hole. The lime trees make a lovely backdrop to the green but watch out for the bunker on the left.
The 5th – Par 3, The Warren 170 yards
First impressions make for an easy winner on this short Par 3 hole. However the green is like an upturned saucer and only precision shots will allow the ball to stay in place for the putts on a tricky green.
The 6th – Par 5, Long Hall 567 yards
Most players needn’t look for the 15th green until their third shot on this 560+ yard Par 5. The generous fairway gives way to a slope onto a receptive green, approached through a narrow gap flanked by a line of trees on the left with a wide ditch to the front. A true test of skill.
The 7th – Par 4, High Point 336 yards
This hole begins with an uphill fairway after a short downhill from an elevated tee. Tee shots seem to flounder in the air. To finish you’ll need to make an accurate shot through a narrow tree guarded gap to the green.
The 8th – Par 4, Watery Grave 328 yards
Test your accuracy at this picturesque lake hole, teasing you with a 130 yard
fairway shot to the green which slopes back to the water.
The 9th – Par 3, Old Speckled Hen 167 yards
Named after the beer you could be looking forward to in our comfortable clubhouse halfway round. An easy shot to the green with two putts should see you with a Par to see you through the halfway mark.
The 10th – Par 4, Tyrone’s Path 420 yards
A difficult hole to start the back nine, being over 400 yards long. However, there is little trouble until the gap at 280 yards, where there are trees on the left and rough on the right. The final 130 yards or so are clear into the green.
The 11th – Par 4, On the edge 355 yards
With a favourable wind and because of a downhill topography, reaching the green with your drive is possible with an accurate shot which should feature a slight draw to accommodate the gentle dog leg left.. However, there are hazards by way of trees on the right, out-of-bounds on the left and a ditch just short of the green.
The 12th – Par 3, Sloping Plains 176 yards
A deceptively difficult Par 3. First looks are reassuring for a Par result. Wayward shots over the fence left mean lost balls out of bounds. A shot with a bias to the right often rewards with the perfect position for a putt or short chip onto the green.
The 13th – Par 4, The Oak 384 yards
Arguably, the most difficult hole on the course, with its blind green from the tee and a lake up the hill to the left, a tight approach to the green punishes shots to the left. A bunker guards an approach from the right.
The 14th – Par 5, Reid’s Creek 485 yards
There is water by way of ponds and lakes; indeed a creek completely surrounds the front of the 5th, which is a demanding Par 5.
The 15th – Par 4, Lakeside 293 yards
Another blind green adds to the trouble of water on the left and the right once the hill opens up to the fairway. Accurate shots over the water with some backspin pays- off with a potential single putt into the hole.
The 16th – Par 4, The Footpath 403 yards
Not much trouble on this hole for accomplished golfers. Bunkers to the right and a public footpath to the left punish hooks and slices however. A bunker just short and to the right of the green needs careful planning for your shot on to the green.
The 17th – Par 3, Just-a-Breeze 220 yards
The trees and rough on the far right of the 8th will punish wayward shots with probable lost balls or difficult 2nd shots.
The 18th – Par 4, Swans Rest 436 yards
This very long Par 4 requires a good distance shot off the tee. Young trees on the left and grassy mounds on the right can mean a ball search for off-target shots. The green has an easy approach so take care not to over hit your approach shot as you may end up in on the lawn behind the green that is out of bounds.
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