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.
Date: August 16, 2011