Located in a delightful rural setting, Braintree Golf Club was founded in 1891. Despite being the third oldest club in Essex, the course in play today was laid out by F.W. Hawtree in 1971 when the club relocated to Stisted.
A decent parkland course in a very pretty setting. Whilst I wasn’t blown away by the course, I wasn’t left feeling disappointed.
After two holes you cross the lane to play on what feels like the “newer” piece of land. Whilst the holes are good here, I can’t help but prefer the clubhouse side of the course where the trees are more mature and there is more of an established feel to the course.
Holes 9, 10 and 11 were my favourite stretch around the old Manor House but to be fair, there aren’t many weak holes on the course and for a modest green fee, you can’t really complain!
I have played Braintree a number of times over the course of the year. Most recently was 04/12/2019.
Braintree is a lovely club, with a nice feel in the clubhouse and pro shop, making guests feel very welcome. Green tees for guests with a member is £25, but there is also a twilight rate.
The club has a nice range of practice facilities, and a good practice putting green, right in front of the clubhouse.
The course is parkland style, with lots of old, established trees lining the fairways. It is not particularly long, but is tricky as you have to be accurate with your tee shots. The course is always in great condition, and the greens are some of the best I have played this year.
I really like some of the additions they have added over the years, in particularly the pond by the 6th and 7th; and the brook across the 13th.
All in all, for a good day out, with excellent golf and good dining experience, then give Braintree a go!