Royal Epping Forest Golf Club

3-star: a good golf course with many fine features.
   Royal Epping Forest Golf Club Est. 1888

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Royal Epping Forest Golf Club: As is the case with the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Royal Epping Forest's home course is a municipal layout, shared with other golf clubs. Whereas the R&A has use of the legendary Old Course, Royal Epping Forest's members ply their golfing skills on Chingford Golf Course, one of many layouts in Britain designed by legendary golfer and prolific course architect James Braid.

Bordering the largest of London's ancient forests, it's easy to feel transported back to an earlier golfing era here at Chingford. The course is laid out on an area of common land that's not just busy with golfers. Here you'll also find walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders all enjoying the pleasant parkland setting.

Chingford's front-nine is relatively flat, open and quite compact. You'll need to be alert to the possibility of balls appearing from other holes. The back-nine is played over more interesting and undulating terrain, where Braid made excellent use of a small hill that skirts alongside the forest itself. In the mid-section of the closing-nine you'll encounter several tree-lined holes and the tightest section of the Chingford layout. To preserve the natural appearance of the landscape, bunkers are only found away from the public gaze, on the "upper" holes in the forest.

For such a busy municipal parkland course, the overall conditioning is generally good, although signs of the constant wear and tear it receives can show through. If possible it's better to play during the week, rather than at the very busy weekends.

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Royal Epping Forest Golf Club (Chingford Golf Course)
Forest Approach,
Chingford, London E4 7AZ
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Office   +44 (0)20 8529 2195
Pro Shop   +44 (0)20 8529 5708

  +44 (0)20 8559 4664

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland.
Designer: Original 1888 design by Willie Dunn Jr; later modified by James Braid.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 6342 5902 5555
Par 72 71 72
SSS or Slope 70 69
At the Same Location:
The above distances are for the Chingford Golf Course, the home course of the Royal Epping Forest Golf Club.
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How2Get There?

o.2 mi NE of Chingford Railway Stn / 12 mi N of central London.
Leave the M25 motorway at exit 26, and follow the A121 direction Loughton. After 1 mile turn right at roundabout onto the A104 direction Woodford / London. After 2.8 mls turn right into Rangers Road (A1069) direction Chingford. After 1 mile turn right into Bury Road. After 100 yards golf is on your right.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2016 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (April thru' Oct): weekdays £16; weekends £25. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. No handicap required.
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Other Information
Up until March 2014 all golfers on the Chingford Golf Course had to wear a prominent item of red clothing. This ensured golfers were cleary visible to other members of the public using the paths around the course. The "red rule" was abolished in March 2014, and golfers can now wear appropriate golf clothing of any colour.

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Did you know?

Royal Epping Forest Golf Club is one of three golf clubs (together with Chingford GC and Chingford Ladies' GC) to play on the Chingford Golf Course, which is also a public course for green-fee payers. It was here that golf was first played in Essex on an officially recognised layout. The course is now operated by the City of London Corporation.

Founded in 1888, Royal Epping is the only golf club in Essex with a 'Royal' prefix. It is one of only four Royal clubs in the UK that plays on a public course shared by other golf clubs, the other three are the Royal & Ancient Golf (St Andrews), Royal Montrose and Royal Perth. | Queen Victoria conferred the Royal prefix on the club in its founding year (1888), following patronage by her third eldest son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. By royal prerogative, 19 English golf clubs use the "Royal" title, namely: Ascot, Ashdown Forest, Birkdale, Blackheath, Cinque Ports, Cromer, Eastbourne, Epping Forest, Household (Windsor Castle), Liverpool (Hoylake), Lytham & St Annes, Mid-Surrey, North Devon (Westward Ho!), Norwich, St George's, West Norfolk (Brancaster), Wimbledon, Winchester, Worlington & Newmarket.

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Latitude: (51.634576)
Longitude: (0.011773)
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Holiday Inn Express, London-Chingford, N Circular 3-star
5 Walthamstow Ave, London E4 8ST
+44 (0)870 444 2789

The Express by Holiday Inn London Chingford is situated just off the North Circular Road near the Crooked Billet roundabout in Chingford, within easy reach of Walthamstow, Woodford & Ilford.

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Waltham Abbey Marriot Hotel 4-star
Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3LX
+44 (0)1992 717 170

Bordering the ancient woodlands of Epping Forest, the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel offers an ideal setting for business and leisure travellers alike. Located near the M25, M11 and M1 motorways, and the London Tube, this contemporary hotel is 30 minutes from central London.

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