Top Essex Golf Courses: See reviews and photos of golf courses in Essex, Ontario on Tripadvisor. Juniors. See other reviews from Fergal O'Leary. I can only hope that will change. Login / Sign Up; Tee Times. Essex County Club, established in 1932, is a Donald Ross-designed gem featuring 18 holes, par 70, 6401-yards, slope 136 with rating of 72.5, that is steeped in history, charm and challenge. The green is surrounded on all sides by fairly deep bunkers. The hole is also known as a “road hole,” but I could not figure out why as there is no road close to it. My guess is they were near 11 when we played a few days ago. A good mix of lengths but many with strong play required. Course, Beach Grove Golf & Country Club, Beach Grove Golf & C.C. The par 4's are excellent. The hole has staggered fairway bunkers from both sides with the right one first, both of which are set inside the line of the fairway. Anyone getting the opportunity to play this wonderful course will certainly be scratching their head at why so few people outside of the Garden State hardly ever mention it. 8. par 5 – 534/494. In my mind, they rest collectively only behind the likes of what you see at PV and Forsgate / Banks in NJ. I think this is an okay hole, but visually it did not excite me. The green has a substantial false front and is two-tiered and very slick back to front. Whether it was the broad strokes or the fine details, Donald Ross poured himself into the course at Essex County Club. Due to the many other outstanding courses in the area, I cannot give the course a 5 rating, but I could see where others might. Players can take advantage of back-to-back par 5s on the front side which run in opposite directions but play and look completely different from each other, which is testament to the skill of the architect and his use of the land. Much like the fourth hole, this hole did not grab me. Read More. Of the other six ahead of it, those deserve to be. In years past overall turf quality was an issue. The green is nestled into the side of a hill behind it with the land falling away substantially to the right in front of the green. This is the first of the holes designed by Seth Raynor and Charles Banks and it is a splendid one. Was this review helpful? Tillinghast. The green is a “maiden” with two plateaus and a swale near the back right. One of the best par 3’s one will ever play goes over a valley to a green sitting slightly above the tee. Was this review helpful? If Essex is felt to have the best back nine in New Jersey, for me the tenth is a bit of a miss. This hole plays downhill to a small pond 280 yards from the tee that can probably be carried by the biggest hitters from the Blue tees, but not the Blacks. date_range Jan 07, 2021. 14. par 4 – 328/311. 13. par 5 – 585/532. Course, Oxley Beach Golf Course, Oxley Beach Golf Course, Lakewood Golf Club Ltd, Lakewood G.C. The remaining holes on the outward half are a quality mixture. The beauty of the hole is something to behold as well. Today, there are 80 golf clubs affiliated to the Essex union, playing over approximately 90 golf courses. I have played here quite often. There is a bunker about 200 yards out on the right side built into a small hill. The par 5’s offer a good variety of longer holes and par/birdie opportunities. The green is sloped steeply back to front. New fairways bunkers were also The creek should not be in play but you notice it. Tillie’s I think that is one of the weaknesses of the course is that the scoring opportunities come early as there are not many on the back nine. My son is a member here. with six par four holes that stretch out way beyond 400 yards, it’s a tough The play from the tee is to the left side as some large trees are down the right. The 8th is a solid counterpoint -- reachable but only for those capable in playing a top tier approach to an elevated target. left as the fairway tilts to the left. The fairway has a couple of rolls in it. Perhaps if I played it again I would see more of this but I felt the course to be pretty straight forward. About ORCHARD VIEW GOLF LOCATED IN THE HEART OF ESSEX COUNTY minutes northwest of the town of Leamington lies Essex County's best kept secrets. While this shaping would not be natural to the course, it would improve the aesthetics of these holes. The split tee allows for widely different angles into the elevated target. There are a handful of the famous template greens on the backside, and I confidently say that I considered the par 4 16th and 17th holes are truly the best two on the course. The opportunity for birdies is present but the angled greens and the need for proper iron play is a must to do so. It is a scenic public 18 Hole Par 3, designed by Byron Hatfield in 1963. The recent work of Gil Hanse and the late George Bahto has improved the front side. Just Added... Quick View. lengthening the layout to more than 7,100 yards. 12. par 4 - 462/412. From the tee one aims down the middle to get the roll down the hill without running into the rough on the. The 4th [hole 9] being a 20 foot elevated green with a sharp hill which we deposit you in bunkers that will play blind. I think my only chance at par might be from the white tees at 367 yards such is the strength of the entirety of the hole. 50 yards ahead of that bunker is an interior fairway bunker on the left. These bunkers are fairly deep. 0 people found this review helpful As the 2019 holiday season prepares to tee-off, the PGA TOUR Superstore in Paramus has opened its doors to all registered golfers of Essex County and their families for two days (9a – 9p) of discounted shopping.Simply show this post or your Essex County Golf ID to … It is a wonderful hole. First, you need to play the course a few times to really get the full dimension of the strategies -- in play for the tee game and approach play. One could improve these holes by adding a few bunkers to better define the hole as well as shaping the fairways to add more interesting land movements. One could make the case for it being ahead of Hollywood and Galloway National, yet those are also fine golf courses. Essex is now a layout capable of hosting big tournaments and This hole plays uphill as a blind tee shot. Home. Your low-ball assessment of the 10th is a prime example. There are not a lot of doglegs, but the line of charm abounds, largely the result of strategically placed fairway bunkers. “Steamshovel” Banks completed the work—the first of many that Banks would go on Essex Country Club is a wonderful golf course, let down only by the blandness of four holes. County Country Club underwent a significant restoration under the stewardship of Gil Hanse (with input from George Bahto). I have had the chance to play Trump Philly before and after the acquisition. retaining seven of Tillinghast’s holes (1-6 and 9), but designing eleven new There is fabled hype about the back nine at this Raynor/Banks layout at Essex County Country Club in New Jersey, to the extent that the front nine is almost never mentioned. See other reviews from Steve MacQuarrie. From the left bunker and trees the hole plays slightly downhill. It is a quality golf course and one that one should truly enjoy. 18. par 4 – 488/439. The course that’s played today goes back to 1918, the work of a rookie golf course designer, A.W. There are also another 20 golf courses within 20 miles of Essex, including 13 public, 2 municipal and 5 private courses. A tee shot of 265 yards will cover the right bunker which one of the longer hitters easily did leaving himself about a 30 yard pitch which he chunked (he still made par). I can name a healthy number of top tier layouts where one side of holes is not at the same exact level as the other side. Blair MacDonald—and Essex County Country Club boasts a number of them: Redan, Overall the hole is a breather for the better player and a chance for par for the average player. However, the event that established Essex as one of the outstanding courses in Canada was the 1976 Canadian Open won by Jerry Pate in his rookie year on the PGA Tour. The course that’s played today goes back to Course, Dominion Golf & Country Club, Dominion Golf & C.C. The tee markers for the every day play are 6715 at par 71. (Private), 27 holes The green is slightly uphill and is on a plateau with half of it hidden behind a fronting bunker cutting off half of the right front. We played the Blue tees at 6617 yards, rated 72.1/132. As a Garden State resident, who has played all the key candidates numerous times over 40+ years -- Essex County is easily among the Garden State's top ten. 4. par 4 – 423/420. This hole plays parallel to Prospect Avenue so out-of-bounds is a possibility. The 1st goes downhill and turns left in the drive zone. (Public), 18 holes There is a small bunker on the front left and another bunker covering half of the rear. I think if one knows the hole one will find the hole pretty simple. While Pine Valley is in a class by itself, ECCC is solidly in my second tier of New Jersey courses—alongside places such as Plainfield and Ridgewood. I found the ratings for both index and slope to be correct. Course, Ambassador Golf Club, Ambassador G.C. The green is completely surrounded by sand other than at the front and has a false front and a horizontal spine. This green is raised with a higher middle and a substantial false front. Welcome to Essex County Country Club Hit the Golf Course Our highly-acclaimed course is consistently rated as one of the Met area's best. No longer. A long bunker snakes close to the left side while another bunker is at the front right. 9. par 3 – 169/147. 1 person found this review helpful The inward side is rock solid. Course, Royal Estate Golf Club, Royal Estate G.C. The most underappreciated course in the Garden State is Essex County Country Club in West Orange. We had a far-right pin position which brought the fronting bunker very much in play. Tillinghast. The first two holes at Essex County are still weak. Many greens were built up to create semi flat surfaces which create very deep mounds next to the greens. The right side pin position is a difficult recovery from that deep right-side bunker as I learned. The green has sand down both sides with the right side bunker very deep leading to a blind recovery shot. A. W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor, Charles Banks, Gil Hanse. The 169-yard hole is uphill to the smallest green at Essex County. Our longest hitter landed near the middle and rolled all the way over the green. The approach shot is clearly something golfers can only truly appreciate after playing the hole. At Essex County, players need to be able to golf their ball intelligently, and read and roll their putts well too. Banks’ holes also feature the angular landforms he learned from Raynor and C.B. 3 people found this review helpful ECCC rates right up there with most. Course, Kingsville Golf & Country Club, Kingsville Golf & C.C. Ltd Course, Roseland Golf & Curling Club, Roseland Golf & Curling Club Course, Little River Golf Course, Little River Golf Course, Essex Golf & Country Club, Essex Golf & C.C. In fact, what would likely take this course to the next level is if the fairways had more contours to them to make them more interesting as they are primarily flat/even resulting in level lies. 3 of 4 at about 200 yards from the standard tees. (Municipal), 9 holes I highly recommend playing the course. I played with a scratch player, fresh off of winning the Senior Club championship at his club, who can hit it 300 yards off the tee. Founded in 1887 as the result of a merger of the 7. par 5 – 649/560. While the cross-bunkers are not too deep, the combination of these bunkers, the length of the hole, and a fairly difficult green complex make this a testing hole. The green has two tiers and is very narrow at the front. Ambassador Golf Club was designed by renowned golf course architect Thomas McBroom. Go long over the long, wide green angled slightly to the left and you will have a blind chip to a speedy downhill green. ones. When New Jersey is mentioned the usual golf suspects are generally mentioned from the likes of Pine Valley, Baltusrol, Somerset Hills and Plainfield, to name just four. It is definitely one of t... Forsgate the Banks course is part of 36 holes here. The outstanding feat... Little Mill is a very nice 27 hole complex in south NJ. While five is a good hole, the sixth is very good. I do like the combination of the final three holes on the front. The oldest course in the Essex area is the Willow Creek Golf Course. Belleview is a 20 minute drive from all major towns such as Windsor, Tecumseh, Leamington, Kingsville, Belle River and Tilbury, making it an ideal location. There are two tees of lesser yardages. pioneering architect Alex Findlay. The hole offers two opposing bunkers about 200 yards out, playing downhill. The former is the lone par-5 on the back nine and gives an opportunity to recoup a shot. Reset. It is a fairly slick green back to front. About Designed by architect Charles Banks, Essex County Hendricks Field features well contoured putting surfaces and many interesting holes. The green is double plateaued which I loved but perhaps because I “called my shot” by making a 55 feet putt from just off the front of the green to save par. The green is angled right to left with a fronting bunker. Essex Golf & Country Club is rated the best course near Essex. A smaller bunker angled away from the green sits middle left. 16. par 4 – 463/422. The better play is simply to hit the green and possibly make a putt for birdie. Essex County Country Club, established in 1887, is New Jersey's oldest country club and is the sixth oldest in the country. Respond to above review  All of the best courses in the world have an excellent set of par 3’s. The Essex Golf & Country Club offers fantastic golf, tennis, health & fitness facilities, in addition to 42 en-suite rooms and extensive conference & banqueting suites. (519) 726-6900 info@suttoncreekgolf.com Facebook 6. par 3 – 173/171. 15. par 3 – 255/218. The 18th a very strong par 4 with a green identical to the 9th but plays at 430 about. Numerous significant architects have worked on a course at Essex Country Club that was either done over, sold off, replaced weaker holes with better holes, and restoration of holes. There are 5 golf courses in Windsor, Ontario and 2 are municipal courses. The stereotypical “Essex Girl” and the political “Essex Man” have nothing in common and, from a golf course perspective, those who think that Essex is flat have never teed it up at Chelmsford or Boyce Hill. While Essex Country Club does not rest inside the list of “best courses in the world,” the par 3’s are comparable in quality to what one will find at Prairie Dunes, Camargo, or Merion East although not in the same league as Royal Melbourne West or Pine Valley. When Seth Raynor looked at A.W. Most of Banks’ holes allow options for approach shots as well, though not at many of the template holes: #11 (Eden), #12 (Maiden) and #14 (Alps) each require an aerial approach. I had the good fortune to meet Ron Jaworski the one time... TPC Jasna Polana is a good course. Was this review helpful? I really like the 16th -- playing uphill and featuring a green with three distinct sections. The issue has always been getting those outside of the area to really see what a gem of a layout the course is. The second nine—which is all Banks—is often called the best back nine in the state. The oldest course in the Essex area is the Willow Creek Golf Course . (1)Awards. There are also another 20 golf courses within 20 miles of Essex, including 13 public, 2 municipal and 5 private courses. There are trees down the left and thick rough while the right side has a fairway bunker 230 yards off the tee. Request to Book. It is another strong hole. 30 min. There is a bunker on the left 40 yards short of the green that does not make sense where it is located. Top100golfcourses.com lists Essex Country Club as the ninth best course in New Jersey. I had lived near it many moons ago and never had the chance. It is surrounded by three bunkers with only the back/right having no sand. The green is another back to front green with flanking bunkers. There is a small pot-like bunker fronting the green as well as a bunker at the rear that is hidden. 1. par 4 - 385/382. It is one of the weaker holes on the back nine but the green complex is good. The green goes front to back with a horizontal spine in the middle. The greens run at very high speeds. The issue has always been if the outward half of holes could demonstrate something close to what is provided on the back nine. Teeing off from the corner of the course one hears the road noise of Prospect Avenue and Mt. Price $85.00. Quick View. The next shot plays uphill to a green angled to the right. Located along the Lake Erie Northshore Wine Route, just half an hour southeast of Windsor, it's an excellent track to practise the short game! Indeed, all three putts broke the opposite way the players saw them versus the caddie’s advice. You walk across a lovely bridge down the right side of the fairway. The gold course, designed by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, has played host to the Ontario Open in 1922, 1949 and 1951, the 1934 Ontario Amateur and the Canadian Ladies Amateur in 1964. As mentioned in other reviews, there are numerous “template” holes, designed by Seth Raynor and put into action by Charles Banks. Essex County was built within rock outcroppings and a nearby level plane.” “The uphill, par-3 11th hole is one of the most memorable one-shot holes you'll play. I have played here a few times of which... Running Deer is a good course. From the tee this is a visually splendid par 3. Side hills are not present much if at all. If you don't get to the fairway it's likely your best score will be bogey five. strategy. Any putt coming from the side will break substantially towards the front. Turner Hill, Turner Hill Course. Trees line the first half of both sides of the fairway before a final single tree is on the right about 60 yards short of the green. Raynor died before construction, but his plan was executed by Charles Banks. Hitting the ball a sufficient distance is a plus -- but only if done so with accuracy married together. The long par 4’s are challenging both due to length and good greens. Opened in 1929, renovations at Hendricks have included the reconstruction of tees and bunkers, as well as extensive upgrades in drainage that have significantly improved playing conditions. It is an excellent par 3 which none of us made par. The course is now in daily tip top shape and the layout has been strengthened with additional length in key spots. The 16th includes a principle’s nose fairway bunker 40 yards short of a massive double-plateau green which is a sight to behold. See other reviews from Doug Roberts. It's as nice as Baltusrol and Plainfield and Ridgewood. Women's. This is a... Ballyowen is typically shown as the best public course in NJ. Tucked in the corner of historic Essex County Weequahic Park, this is the oldest public course in New Jersey, having been designed by Baltusrol Golf Club professional George Low in 1913. The Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs offers three distinct and historic Golf Courses. Another “lions mouth” deep bunker is at the front center of the green hiding much of the punchbowl green. The long par-3 15th has been strengthened in the last several years -- the approach shot is now longer and the penalty for a miss to either side can be swift and certain. There is a mixture of holes and the routing maximizes the features the site provides. Pleasant Avenue. Christine and Richard Froese, current owners of the OXLEY BEACH GOLF COURSE, warmly welcome you to "Canada's Southernmost Golf Course"!! Francis A. Byrne municipal course (the club sold that course when it came upon It is an excellent golf hole. Course, Seven Lakes Championship Golf & Estates, Seven Lakes Championship Golf & Estates Course, Pointe West Golf Club, Pointe West G.C. 5. par 4 - 468/443. Raynor designed 18 holes that now play as the adjacent Our Club Is Temporarily Closed To play our part in the nationwide effort to prevent further spreading of Coronavirus (Covid-19) we have temporarily closed all of our facilities, including the golf courses. It is fairly straightforward. There are two bunkers on the right side beginning about eight yards short of the green continuing all the way down the right. The pitch of the terrain and the way the greens have been situated and contoured are especially well done. significantly, hundreds of trees were removed to improve airflow and playing The course is par 71 (73 for women), with the Black tees at 7122 yards rated 75.0/142. ... 30 minute private shopping in golf shop . The history of the golf course is a composite of the greatest names of the golden age of golf design. The green is wonderfully positioned with a demanding left front bunker which must be avoided at all costs. Date. 11. par 3 – 208/185. Was this review helpful? ECCC is a players course. Overall, despite the excellent bunkering and green, I felt the hole to not be very interesting as a driveable risk-reward par 4. (Public), Willow Creek Golf Course, Willow Creek Golf Course, Wildwood Golf & RV Resort, Wildwood Golf & RV Resort Course, Sutton Creek Golf Club, Sutton Creek G.C. Write a review for Essex County Country Club. In 2009, Essex won the English Men’s County Championship. Frankly, I have heard countless times from people how the front is a pushover and architecturally lacking. See other reviews from M. James Ward. Whether it's a small golf outing or enough golfers to fill the course – both the Club's Hospitality and Professional staff will make your event a day to remember. Avoid it or pay a huge price. 0. One of the real virtues of Essex County is the actual site. Originally established as a hunt club in the Hutton Park section of West Orange NJ, ECCC introduced golf in 1898. But, most hired Seth Raynor. Course, Orchard View Golf Course, Orchard View Golf Course, Erie Shores Golf & Country Club, Erie Shores Golf & C.C. course on which to post a low score. Any ball that finished above the hole or to the sides will be hard pressed to walk off with a par. Generally when a club hires an architect to build a course where one already exists, the new architect blows up the old course in its entirety. This “Eden” green has a defined spine running through it. The green slopes back to front and is very speedy. This hole seemed to play longer than the yardage although the two longer hitters were green high in two. Select All (1/3) Weequahic Park Golf Course. Essex won the Boys County Championship in 1997 and then tied with Yorkshire in 2004. Essex County Francis Byrne Golf Course dates back to 1926, when it was designed as a private country club course by noted golf architect Charles Banks. For many, many years fans of NJ golf in general and Essex County in particular have rightly raved about the inward half of holes. This is a good golf hole with two fairway bunkers about on the right and one on the left opposite the second bunker about 250 yards out. The course is in impeccable shape. Essex County Golf. There is along skinny bunker set five paces from the green on the left and a greenside bunker on the right side. Nearer the green are two bunkers with the one on the right coming ten yards into the fairway about 90 yards short of the green. This hole plays uphill and has a green sloping back to front and left to right. The green is also very speedy back to front with small internal mounds and two-tiers. The green is wide at the front and narrow to the back with flanking bunkers on either side. Respond to above review  It was a pleasure to play here. A scratch player at this club will likely score very well at other clubs. The Club has sustained a reputation as being the oldest in New Jersey, and one of the premier courses in the Tri-State area. ... Weequahic Park Golf Course. Course, Rochester Place Golf Club, Rochester Place G.C. Climbing uphill to a superbly elevated green with its devilish false front in play for those who fail to execute to the highest level. It had rained heavily the night before so we did not get some of the expected roll in front of the greens as the ground was soft. The 10th and 11th set the stage so well. The caddie was correct. This is one of the hardest finishing holes I have ever played although I had an eight feet putt for par which I missed. Another bunker is on the left about 265 yards out. Perhaps if there were bunkers on either side of the top of the hill acting as “guides” I would have liked the hole a bit more. The oldest course in the Windsor area is the Willow Creek Golf Course. Maiden, Double Plateau, Eden, Punchbowl and Alps. This is the hardest hole on the front nine and deserves to be. A fairway bunker is about 200 yards off to the right, but the real danger are cross bunkers beginning about 100-70 yards from the green. Course, Talbot Trail Golf Club, Talbot Trail G.C. There is out-of-bounds left but it would take a truly horrible shot for that to occur. (Semi-Private), 18 holes New tee boxes were added, It is a difficult course but one is unlikely to lose a ball although there are a few places where one can. It is not beyond belief when people say Essex County has the best back 9 in all the State -- including Pine Valley. The back nine at Essex County is blessed with one grand hole following another. Courses. long and storied history. High on the adjacent hill, Raynor designed the current course, 2. par 4 – 312/285. 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