Abridge - Essex - England

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

  • +44 (0) 1708 688 396

  • Justin Webb

  • 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: 4.8 out of 10 Reviews: 12
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.
October 12, 2008
4 / 10
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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.
Andy Newmarch
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.
September 21, 2008
4 / 10
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