Set in an ancient and secluded deer park, the 6,263-yard course at The Warren Golf Club is a veritable oasis. Only the cry of the club peacocks can be heard echoing across this lovely property where Mickey Walker (former European Solheim Cup Captain) was head pro.
This course is far too low in the Essex rankings. It’s an undulating course that gets off to a cracking start with a strong downhill par 4 that plays across a small pond to a tiny green. A scary first approach shot!
Some people may not enjoy the crossing fairways on the next hole but I quite enjoyed the quirkiness. Hole 4 was a particular favourite with a great approach into a tricky green from an elevated fairway.
The par 3s are all strong and difficult - hole 10 in particular - a long iron into a tiny target with tall trees on both sides. I was happy with a bogey!
Overall, this is a delightful course that was in great condition when I played. It’s not a world-beater by any stretch of the imagination but 20th is definitely not a fair representation in the Essex rankings for this hidden gem.