Thorndon Park - Essex - England

Thorndon Park Golf Club,
Thorndon Gate,
CM13 3RH,

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Essex does not possess many courses that feature in Top 100 ranking lists, but one that does stand out is Thorndon Park Golf Club. Golfers of all standards like it here, returning regularly to be challenged, excited and frustrated with a host of tricky holes and well-guarded greens.

The club was founded in 1920 and the great Harry Colt and his partner Charles Alison designed the course. Thorndon Park is certainly another of Colt’s high quality creations and the illustrious architect can be credited for approximately 300 course designs and re-designs across the world.

Part of the South Park of Thorndon Hall was acquired for the course and the surrounding woodland has proved to be a perfect partner for the design. The turf is lush and springy making the course a lovely parkland treat. All in all this is a wonderful English setting with many rather old oak trees standing tall with elm and cedar looking on.

Hard but true greens are a strong feature and bunkering is just about right. Fairways give the impression of being spacious enough for even the longest of hitters to open their shoulders. Our favourite hole is the 3rd; a drive over the lake with a touch of draw is ideal – a classical par four that is not easily forgotten.

A round at Thorndon Park will stick in the memory for all the right reasons because it’s a great course with stacks of history and it’s always beautifully maintained. The 18th century Palladian mansion and former clubhouse has to be one of the most impresive closing hole backdrops in golf.

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Description: Many of the holes at Thorndon Park Golf Club are surrounded by mature oaks, some of which are more than 500 years old. Rating: 7.4 out of 10 Reviews: 12
Best course in Essex perhaps, Orsett is my favourite but Thorndon Park is not far behind.
August 16, 2011
6 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
Knowing a member, I have played Thorndon Park a number of times at different times of the year and in different weather conditions and it has always been a great test of golf, is always in good condition (although in high summer there can be very dry/rough areas off of the fairway), and always has some of the best greens you'll find anywhere. The course was built through an old deer forest and benefits from wonderful drainage and excellent use of the terrain, with many holes being tree-lined. For me the pick of the holes are the 3rd, 7th. 8th, 13th and 17th but really there are very few weak holes. Watch out for the approach on the 18th as the clubhouse patio is only a few yards to the right of the green...many a member scattering shot has clattered amongst the tables and chairs!! Somewhat old school and therefore playing as a visitor will be pricey, but the members are friendly and as Essex is not renowned for it's quality courses I do recommend it if you are in the area.
September 10, 2004
8 / 10
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March 24, 2009
I can only agree with these comments - they have done a lot of work tidying up the trees and rough since i was there last - very pleasing to the eye. The greens are superb and while it is not long it is a think golfers course. I once played 100 holes in a day here and was quite happy with 498 shots!