18 holes | par 70 | 5840 yards | Parkland
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Since its redesign in 1926 this parkland course has become a great test of golf, mainly down to the diverse mix of holes on offer. Unusually the round opens up with a par 3 that measures 163 yards, requiring a well-struck mid-iron to find the green; this is easier said than done with your first shot of the day.
Just off Southend Arterial Road (A127) - East of Hadleigh
We knew it was going to be parkland just didn't realise it was a public park. Dog walkers at every hole, walking across the course and letting their dogs run around off their leads (I love dogs but just not on a golf course). To top it all get the 18th tee and there is a young couple walking a pram down the centre of the fairway. Noise is also an issue with kids playing, people calling their dogs and the (what seemed to be a constant) sound of police sirens. If you are going to play this course ensure that your insurance is up to date, the amount of people just walking around with out a clue is worrying and is an accident waiting to happen.
I keep going back to this course as it's leas than half a mile form home but every time I play get frustrated by the way locals treat it. The problem is the course is in a public area frequented by dog walkers and people generally out for a walk who have no respect for people playing golf. All greens were playable (sort of) if you weren't worried by the fact there are so many divots and all are generally in very bad condition. The course is very well established and fun to play. When you do get to play it's a case of continually having to be careful of walkers and dogs crossing the fairway as though they own it and then the same people trampling across the greens, plus when you do play a good shot having somebody's dog run off with your ball. A few signs round the course advising people to stay off would help though most likely would get stolen so can partly understand why there are none so given it's a members and pay and play course would benefit from somebody in the office going out and marshalling the course. The good points are it's cheap and local, which most likely reflects why it's so badly maintained. Would I play here again? Probably, but only as a last resort as there are many better courses close by that are only cost a little more to play.