14 reviews of Lexden Wood Golf Club
Candidate for my hidden gem of 2010. Having seen this course a few times from driving along the A12, it didn't look too promising, but as a completist I had to have a go.
Things weren't looking up as I turned into the small car park, with all the signs that this was a dreaded golf centre rather than a golf club. Ugly driving range - tick, windowless American golf shop - tick, tiny, scrappy 9 hole course - tick, tick, tick.
Then I looked out over the first hole, a stiff straight par 4 with large well placed bunkers, and thought, hmm, looking not quite so bad. Tiered green large and well shaped, run off areas, nice separation to the next tee. And as it turned out, with the course to myself (weather looked a bit dodgy), I kept discovering new and interesting holes, with a terrific amount of new landscaping, lots of strategy, very nice greens, some water, all in all rather good. I would say it plays like an inland links, firm and running, similar to courses like Much Hadham, Aldwickbury and Blakes.
Couple of issues they can't do much about - incessant traffic noise from the A12 of course, still needs more yardage, and the 18th is a bit of a letdown, a fiddly 300 yards finishing a 200 yard walk back uphill to the clubhouse. But a very good effort.
The course was rebuilt in 2007 and now is a very challenging 6000 yard par 70 course. There are over 80 bunkers and water comes into play on 5 holes. The condition of the course has improved dramatically over the last 3 years with the greens now some of the best in Essex. Well worth a visit and is very good value for money.
Played this course 14 November 2007
A most enjoyable day out course was dry considering the recent wet weather
well sign posted and some very intresting holes
a fair challange to all levels
you do not need to be the longest hitter
to score well but you need to use your brain
as placement is more important than distance
cant wait to play it again.
Lexden Wood has undergone a £1m refit with the course completely changing. The owners have made the course 1000yds longer and replaced tee's and greens as well as 40 new bunkers and redesigned all the old ones. Jonathon Gaunt , quite a well know course designer was responsiable for the new layout. He should be proud as it is now one of the best courses i'v played. The shop is still fantastic and the staff are very welcoming. They do home cooked food that is the best!! Also they heve a new head gren keeper who has transformed the members oppinion( i should know i am a member).
The best course locally to be a member of.
average golf course not much danger about you just have to have a long long stright drive i have played much better courses its one of those courses that you love or hate.!! :~)
I played this course last weekend on a very hot day as part of a society and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. As a result of the lack of rain and the hot weather, the bounce off the fairways was unpredictable (to say the least) and it was very difficult to get approach shots to stay on the greens.
I found the back 9 more interesting than the front, even though there were more par 3's on the back than usual.
All the staff were friendly, the food very good, and the pro shop is one of the best that I have visited recently.
Definately worth a visit, but you could come unstuck if your game depends a lot on long drives!
Played here 3 times after a long lay off Positives are very friendly club, good food, excellent pro shop & parking facilities & excellent value for money especially the membership rates. The course though short is well designed and challenging for a high handicapper like me, it demands accuracy rather than a big hit
The only negatives are that it can get very muddy & there are some bare patches on the fringe of the green, the greens are quite poor especially the Third where the grass cutter dropped a load of oil and there are now 4 lines about 4 inches wide running right across the whole green.
Not all of the blame can be placed at the club though as we had to replace other peoples Divots & pitch marks on our way round.
the conclusion would be would I join ? .... answer would be probably.
Course in excellant condition considering the lack of rain. Greens fantastic, tees very good. Not the longest course in the world but the owners have spent alot of money improving it with trees and new greens. Pro shop is amazing, they have the best range of clothing i have ever seen at any golf club. Restuarant was fairly small but homecooked food was first class. Staff very friendly and mades us feel very welcome!
Keep up the good work.
Played the Golf course in March 03, found it to be in better conditions than most other courses in the area for the time of year. Found the winter package to be exceptional value for money. 50 balls, all day golf and lunch proved to be a fantastic days golf!
Very friendly golf club, all the staff made me feel very welcome and they have without doubt the best golf shop in essex!
I am considering becoming a member.
The course has lousy drainage; very wet and muddy. The tee areas are very worn. Slow greens! Stones in tee box will damage your expensive equipment. Not recommended.
A good beginners course that still provides a fair test for the more experianced golfer. Much improved in the last year by the addition of many semi mature trees which help to define the holes and add more charecter to the course, and new greens for the 1st, 6th and 18th holes. Feature holes would be the very short par 3 third which has a slopping green and trees that demand an accurate strike from the tee. Par 5 12th with out of bounds down the left and large ponds down the right an accurate tee shot is a necessity. Par 4 13th with a blind tee shot to or beyond a distant marker post, leading to a sweeping downhill 2nd shot to a wickedly undulating mounded green.
I am a begginer in this game and this course is good for me, however there are some demanding holes I am a member, I like it
New par three (in between the old second and third) is now in play. What was the seventh (downhill next to A12 with water behind green) is no longer in use. The green at sixteen is no longer a temporary one. After a warm wet summer, the fairways are generally in good shape, apart from the first half of fourteen, where players are asked to play off tees until half way.
9 hole pay & play, due to be extended to 18 1998
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