10 reviews of Loughton Golf Club
great corse very hilly and great value for money.if your not a straight hitter take plenty of balls with you as its a mature corse surrounded by woodland cant wait to play this corse again.
i,ve played this course many times in the past and found it to be a great challenge and hugely enjoyable.However,the changes that have been made have completely ruined it,holes are too hard for many golfers and uninjoyable,i like a challenge and have played many hard courses but the layout now is beyond poor,a waste of money
what a fantastic nine hole course ,brilliant views, great greens course overall a pleasure to play,the new layout planned for the course looks great especially the par5
Loughton, poses a challenge to all golfers and is a great course to learn the mental skills require to become a great golfer.
Its 9 holes require visual awareness and careful shot planning which make you more aware of how to plan your approach to each hole. Thus improving your game and increasing your enjoyment.
I have planned this course over the past 3 years and just love it.
4 Things standout
(Note: I'm a fair weather golfer)
1. The greens are true and hold well.
2. The views from the hill on a clear day are amazing.
4. If you slightly unfit (like me) carrying your bag around this course, is a work-out!
(Advice: Take plenty of water with you.)
3. The wildlife, Horses, Foxes, Rabbits, Birds and Squirrels all add something extra to the surrondings. Especially if you live in London.
Have played this course a couple of times a year over the last 3 years, and in that time I have seen a consistent and steady improvment in the quality of the course.
Previous drainage problems seem to have been resolved, scrub areas have been smartened or remodelled and the greens have become truer and more consistent.
The maturity of the greenery around the course brings with it all the usual challenges, however the undulating geography of the land increases the difficulty and provides some great views over the surrounding areas.
For the occasional golfer, the traffic on the course and the layout of the holes means that the T's feel less inhibiting than many other courses, and so you can relax into each hole and let the difficulty of the course be the focus of your anxiety.
On the negaitve side, things which let the course down a little are:
(1) the T areas - a little smartening up and better management could provide the course with a far smarter and more professional feel
(2) Flag poles - A 6ft pole on one hole and 3ft pole on another doesn't help the players perspective when gauging distance and approach
(3) Club house - a tired portable building set in a tired, part gravel car park. Gives the entrance to the course an almost deserted look that has probably put off many a passing golfer. It also does nothing to encourage a visit to the clubhouse after a thirsty round.
Overall if you are looking for a challenging well maintained course that is value for money and mixes lengths of holes to provide full club use, then this is a course I would recommend you try.
I was told about this testing course by one of the members. On arriving i was made welcome and the course layout was explaind. While i was out playing i was fortunateto meet another member who was very plesent and told me hor to play a few of the holes. When i got back to the club house i later found out that the person who i had met was no other then the club captain and the course record holder. What better instruction could i have?
The course may only be a nine hole but is in no terms easy and even playing another nine holes i found myself in all types of difficult situations that you wouldnt expect from a course of this caliba. The greens were in excellent order and the coursde seems to having work carried out to make it better for the future.
It ain't no augusta but but it is a real gem for the winter. Being a member I have seen how much the mangement have done to make sure the course stays open for the winter. It's the the longest course but you have to be straight other wise you are going to have tough shot round, under and over trees. With the greens improving and changing every year each one is showing its own character. The course is beautifully hidden away on the edges of epping forest. In the summer a nice 9 holes after work watching the ever trying fox chasing the rabbits. A lovely warm membership group. The competition enrants are small but that adds to its warm feeling, and many a member finds it hard to leave.
A peach for keeping your game together!
This course is probally the best course for the mental side of the game, The hills are really good and it fells like you have played 18 holes just after 9 there are 3 hole that go down and up and if you hit a good driver can reach the green which i have only done once. The greens are quite slow. If you decide to go take a trolly as you will need one. The staff are very friendly and they now have the green tees open so you can choose between mats or greens. 6/10
We played this course after booking at late notice and not being able to find any others courses available. After the poor reviews on this page we thought that we were in for a nightmare.
This is actually a nice course. Agreed that it is very hilly, but nothing that you can't get up or down with a trolly. It has some interesting holes, making it a great fun. I'ld certainly go back there....
Although relatively short with 3 par 3's and 6 par 4's, Loughton provides a hilly test for golfers. With only two bunkers on the course all of the trouble comes from woods, ditches, a brook running through the centre of the course and the sheer tightness of the holes. Although changing facilities are limited there is a warm welcome afforded in the bar and some bar snacks available.
The first is a short par four, uphill with a raised, sloping green.
The second runs alongside the first , sharply downhill. The large green is protected by two small bunkers and the clubhouse lies just behind it. Although quite long, the steepness of the fairway mean the tee shot is unlikely to end too far from the green.
The third is another par three with out of bounds to the left and a steep bank leading up to a largish green.
The fourth is s sharp dogleg left with an uphill tee shot needing to carry 100 yards to a flat fairway to have any chance of a second shot to the green. Anything left will be dragged down by the slope out of bounds whilst anything too long will run out of bounds as well. The green has a sharp upward sloping bank at the back.
The fifth is a short par four but anything but a well struck tee shot across the valley will be in trouble. A copse of trees to the right, out of bounds to the left and the brook only 100 yards in front provides all the danger. The green is raised and slopes back to front. For Spring 2000 a new tee and green are being built which will increase the length by about 75 yards.
The sixth needs a carry on the tee shot of at least 130 yards to get over the vally and give an uphill second to a sloping green. This is the toughest hole on the course. Currently the green in use is a temporary but the new green is expected to be in play in Spring 2000. Once in play the hole will play some 50 yards longer.
The seventh needs a long tee shot to clear the valley and give any chance of a second into a largish, raised green nestled into dense woods. Anything too long here will be out of play, anything too short will leave a tricky chip onto the green.
It is a long uphill walk to the eighth tee. You are rewarded with a tee shot which does not need a long carry to be in play! Anything right will leave a blind second, downhill to a large green. Anything too straight brings a large oaktree into play which will hamper all but the longest hitters.
The ninth is a short par three which should pose few real problems with a large green. Anything overhit though will leave a tricky chip back to the green.
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