Abridge - Essex - England

Abridge Golf & Country Club,
Epping Lane,
Stapleford Tawney,
Essex,
RM4 1ST,
England


  • +44 (0) 1708 688 396

  • David Summers

  • Henry Cotton

  • Jack Winer

Abridge Golf & Country Club was formed in the early 1960s and has come a long way since The South Essex Jewish Golfing Society decided they needed a golf course. Today Abridge is indisputably one of the best courses in the county of Essex and, to finally herald the club’s coming of age, Open Championship Regional Qualifying was staged at Abridge for the first time in 2009.

Despite being located close to the M25, Abridge is shielded from the motorway and is situated in a pleasantly undulating area of natural beauty in the heart of the county and this was the first course designed by Henry Cotton.

At around 6,700 yards it’s not the longest course in Essex, but with a number of surprising elevation changes and several plateau greens you can factor in an additional several hundred yards to the overall length. Be prepared for a testing challenge regardless of your golfing standard.

Abridge is renowned for exceptional greens and well maintained fairways, coupled with some great golf holes. The 10th, 11th and 12th holes are known as the Abridge 'Amen Corner' – all three par fours stretch out beyond 400 yards with out of bounds all the way on the left. The favourite hole for many will be the par three 2nd and the introduction of a pond that eats into the green on the right hand side is an exciting feature.

Essex boasts around ninety golf courses and Abridge Golf & Country Club is certainly in the county's premier league.

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Description: Founded in 1964, Abridge Golf & Country Club was Henry Cotton's inaugural design. Today, the golf course hosts Open Championship Regional Qualifying and Abridge facilities are amongst the finest in Essex. Rating: 3.4 out of 6 Reviews: 10

Definitely one of the best courses in Essex. As a member I'm delighted to see the investment in the irrigation system produce such great results with the course greener than ever before despite the wonderfully hot summer. The greens are in tip top condition and you need to have a putting stroke to match.

5 / 6
Abridge
October 24, 2018


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Played this course last year and went back, they have done loads of work on the course and its so beautiful one of the best ones in Essex in my opinion. Fairways are like carpet due to new irrigation system they put in. Golf pro in the pro shop was really friendly and gave us some good tips. The course is really challenging, Some long par 4s especially around Amen corner, however its really rewarding when you get it right, The greens are extremely fast and true but reading them and judging speed is a trick.....make sure you go on the putting green before you go out. It caught a few of us out to start with.

4 / 6
Abridge
October 24, 2018


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I was in Essex this week and as Abridge was ranked 4th in the county decided to make this my first course in Essex. A good welcome and the course to myself mean't I managed the whole course on a twilight fee. Overall course condition was not the best; greens were being worked on and therefore slow and whilst the fairways were all nicely mown they were very patchy/poor in condition. Very close to the M25 so a constant noise. Thought the front nine more interesting than the back. Downhill tee shots and uphill second shots seemed a theme meaning quite a few shots to blind greens. My favourite holes were the par 3 2nd (a nice short hole guarded by a small pond) and the 6th, a short dog-leg par 4

3 / 6
Abridge
October 15, 2016


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I played Abridge a week before open qualifying with a very friendly member called Dave. The course was in great condition as would be expected and was incredibly tough.After a fairly easy opening hole and a short par 3 with a difficult green you reach one of the toughest on the course. A 90° dog leg left you have to hit an iron off the tee unless you can shape your drive considerably - as you risk running through the fairway into a pond. After this you are left with a long uphill approach to a large elevated green. A very tough par and one of the few times you can be quite relieved with a bogey!After 2 quite short but very hilly par 5s the course becomes a little easier until you reach hole 10. This along with 11, 12 and 14 is a long 400+ par 4. With a testing uphill par 3 15th too, you may need to capitalize on the easier final 3 holes to get a respectable score.Yes there are a lot of elevated tees followed by hard shots into elevated greens, but this just adds to the challenge. Make your score on the easier holes and hold on during the tougher holes to ensure you enjoy your day on this lovely, undulating but tough open qualifying course with its brilliantly fast and true greens. Joe
4 / 6
Abridge
September 06, 2013


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I went to Abridge to watch Regional Qualifying in June 2011 and was lucky enough to play the course later that week with a friend who is a non-Jewish club member. Presented in its championship livery, Abridge is a great course and I have played it many times over the years and yes, it can get soggy in the winter (as can Chigwell and the vast majority of other courses in this area) but Abridge is always in better condition than the others. Overall I think Abridge is a solid golf course that tests the very best. Only three players broke 70 during Regional Qualifying this year and that is why it’s used. I suspect had the same pros played at Chigwell most players would have scored in the 60s. Don’t get me wrong, I like Chigwell, but it’s not in the same league as Abridge re the golfing test.
4 / 6
Abridge
August 16, 2011


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The R and A came here and chose to host Open RQ hope they sort out the appalling 18th hole - considering they have the whole of suffolk and essex to choose from i cant believe its for golf reasons they chose this, very bland up and down side by side design- the members who payed to build this couldnt get on the waiting list at Chigwell ,a proper course , there is an almighty large practice ground the track is heavy underfoot in places - uninspiring
2 / 6
Abridge
January 08, 2009


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David Keller
October 09, 2010
The reason why the Abridge members paid to have this course built is because they were jews and Chigwell refused them entry to their "proper" course!
Hugh
August 16, 2011
Not the best closing hole I agree, but have you played the 18th at the PGA Centenary? That's a shocker and I think the Ryder Cup is a more prominent event than RQ!
BEN
August 31, 2011
Chigwell a proper course. Don't make me laugh. I've had gnat bites bigger than some of the greens. I think you'll find the reason is deeper rooted than simply couldn't get on the waiting list at Chigwell!
Conor
July 21, 2012
Abridge is 100000000 times better than chigwell, harder, always in better condition, you don't know what your talking about!! Plus abridge was built because chigwell didnt let Jewish people play at the club!!
Antony Pannick
June 18, 2013
I presume you are on a wind up with your comments " couldn't get on the waiting list " you are obviously a member of Chigwell a far inferior club, the fact you think otherwise makes you in a tiny minority, how is the " waiting list" these days nearly 50 years on ?
I found this to be a decent course with some pleasant holes, although I have to agree with earlier reviews that there are too many holes where you can't see the bottom of the flag on your approach. There needs to be a little more varity. To cap it off there is quite a poor finishing hole.
3 / 6
Abridge
November 04, 2008


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Abridge has been chosen to be an Open qualifying course for next year so I was expecting it to be a level above the other local courses but it left me slightly disappointed. There is no doubting the course is well maintained and there are several holes where standing on the raised tee it’s very pleasing on the eye with the hole laid out in front of you, the par 3’s were varied and testing but what bothered me was that the majority of the Par 4 & 5’s you were hitting into a raised green where you either couldn’t see the bottom of the flag or even see the green at all.
3 / 6
Abridge
October 19, 2008


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Having lived in Essex for more than 15 years I can safely say that there isn’t a single Essex course that has managed to get my pulse racing. Abridge is another of those Essex tracks, along with Thorndon Park, Orsett, Channels, Five Lakes (Lakes), Stoke by Nayland, The Warren, Braintree, Frinton and Chelmsford that falls into the almost good category. Abridge is certainly in the upper tier of Essex courses but has no premier league competition. It plays longer than its length suggests as the heavy ground tends to get damp. Quite tight in places and with some memorable holes including the 2nd and 9th Abridge is certainly a nice layout and a decent club but few people who want to play truly great golf courses will choose Essex as their golfing destination.
3 / 6
Abridge
October 13, 2008


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ivor
September 27, 2011
Try Rochford Hundred Golf Club near Southend. Not terribly long but accuracy is key. Club house very historic. Anne Boleyn's Hunting House.
Abridge is a good course but not quite in the very good category. There is a great clubhouse atmosphere and a healthy membership but the course sort of echoes Essex golf as a whole, which is ok but not stunning. Great 2nd hole (par-3 with a pond at the green) but overall there are far too many uphill approaches to the greens (12 holes I think). Biggest memory coming away from the course is the high tees, driving downhill, and then playing to the flag or at least the green, blind. Course maintenance is good and the aprons in front of the greens really smart but not enough holes to excite me enough to return I think.
3 / 6
Abridge
September 22, 2008


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