Wensum Valley Hotel Golf & Country Club
GF: £25 STATS: Valley – par 72, sss 70, 6,223 yards; Wensum – par 72, sss 73, 6,922 yards
T: 01603 261012 W: wensumvalleyhotel.co.uk
Visitors and guests at Wensum Valley Hotel have the choice of two 18-hole layouts in the 350-acre grounds. The Wensum is a parkland course that stretches to nearly 7,000 yards. In 2008 it was the venue for a tournament on the Europro Tour won by England’s Seve Benson. The Valley is the shorter and, perhaps, more forgiving of the two tracks.
GF: £27.50 STATS: par 72, sss 70, 6,285 yards
T: 01394 286834 W: felixstowegolf.co.uk
The club at Felixstowe Ferry was founded in 1880 and the Martello Course here – there is also a nine-holer – dates from the same year. It’s a proper links where the wind plays a decisive role in most rounds. The layout delivers an eclectic mix of holes, but all are maintained in excellent condition. The greens are always kept fast and true, even through the winter months.
GF: From £24 STATS: par 69, sss 67, 5,490 yards
T: 01992 813054 W: theydongolf.co.uk
Winding through forest to the south of Epping, Theydon Bois Golf Club was founded in 1897. The original course was the work of the ubiquitous James Braid though there have been numerous alterations to his design over the last 100 years. It’s a tricky layout with tree-lined fairways and subtly undulating greens.