Someone in the know recently told me that 'Essex' lacked the quality courses the you would find to the west of London, a trip to Romford Golf Club proves them wrong. A very good course just inside the M25 makes access really easy. This course is extremely well designed and is a test for all levels of golfer.
Don't get lulled into false sense of security on the first two holes, they warm you up nicely for what is to come. Take an iron off the tee on the first as there is no room for wayward balls, this should leave you a short iron into the green and it is the greens where Romford comes into its own. Every single one of them immaculate, not an imperfection in sight. They roll true and have enough pace to present an ongoing challenge for 18 holes.
The par three 3rd is an awesome hole, relatively long at around 160m, but only a straight shot will do, with trees left and and right to catch anything off line. Then the course starts to come into its own, the first extremely long par four, on a lot of courses this would be a par five, at 435m this hole will challenge all levels of golfer, well placed bunkers to suck up the balls of big hitters add to the excitement, walking off with a bogey is a good result.
As you walk round this course you forget that London is only a few miles away and one of the main arterial roads leading to it is right next door, it is designed in way that continually brings the eye to the countryside setting that makes full use of the small piece of land it occupies.
A quick pit stop after the 10th hole and you are off again, every hole has it particular challenge whether it is length like the 200m par three 12th hole or protection like the shorter but equally difficult par three 17th, which is well defended with plenty of bunkers. Hidden ditches, disguised ponds, well placed hedgerows that seem to appear out of nowhere make simple looking holes a pleasure and a challenge to play.
Romford is the kind of course where playing to or better than you handicap is a real achievement and will make the post round beer even more satisfying. When in Essex or East London this is the course to seek out.
Date: July 28, 2019