Posts Tagged ‘Essex Golf’

Matt Stables returns to South Essex Golf Club…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Matt Stables - South Essex Golf Club v2One of Essex golf’s most popular figures, Matt Stables, has returned to South Essex Golf Club as Golf Development Professional with a positive message to all golfers – and a promise to improve their game.

Friend and member of The Social Golfer, Matt is an Advanced PGA Professional and has returned this summer after six years away from the club to develop a brand-new series of activities, aimed at growing the game and attracting golfers of all ages to the 27-hole golf complex….


Matt Stables returns to South Essex Golf Club…

To me, golf is the best sport in the world, and for millions of people pure happiness is a day at the golf club with friends” said Matt Stables. “So I’m back here to engage local people not only with South Essex but also with this amazing sport.”

And if your golf game is getting you down, Stables has this for you…

I’ll help you shoot four shots lower in the next 12 months”

He promises as he heads into the summer with new initiatives already established such as a Practice Club where both members and visiting golfers mingle with the common goal of shooting lower scores.

He has also started new Junior Classes at the weekends starting with Tiny Tots from four years of age and is also hosting new coaching programmes for female golfers and seniors at South Essex Golf Club.

To back up his new coaching plans, one of Stables’ first acts on his return to South Essex was to dramatically improve the Driving Range at the golf centre.

His range-refurbishment programme has already seen the introduction of all-new golf balls, hitting mats and lighting to the golf centre’s covered 14-bay range, with new range targets and fairway shaping on the outfield.

Matt Stables - South Essex Golf ClubThe 42-year-old pro feels like he is back at home – he was the Head Professional at South Essex Golf Club from 2009 to 2012 and has been welcomed back warmly by many of the club’s regulars.

“South Essex Golf Club is known as a great place for visitors” he said

“However, we’re actually also a great place to be a member. 27 holes playable all year round, a good range, and a great atmosphere in the clubhouse – it’s always buzzing here, which is one of the reasons I’m back in this new role.

Stables’ methods have made seismic changes to people’s golfing skills.

There’s no limit to how well you can play this game ” he said.

I have a pupil who cut a massive 32 shots off his golf game this year! I just gave him a personalised plan of action, and it really paid off.”

“If you want it badly enough, I can get you there.

Stables has also coached other professional golfers, and also elite amateurs, but although it is seen mainly as a competitive sport he stresses that the emotional benefits of golf are also very important.

“At a golf club like South Essex you make friends, you get fitter, you discover new things about yourself, and you set and achieve new goals – whatever your age”

“Playing golf is an intense emotional experience, and you feel truly alive out there on the course. That’s why we all love it so much. I’m back at South Essex to channel that passion and energy, into better performance. My goal here is to help you enjoy your golf more than ever!”

Contact Matt at 01277 811289


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By Andy Hiseman

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club – A TSG Review….

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 4It’s often the case that just when you think you’ve played every type of golf course you think there is to play, along comes a golf course that surprises you and forces you to rethink your game. Burnham On Crouch Golf Club in Essex, is one of those clubs….

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The Clubhouse/Shop…

Nestling in the Crouch Valley lies Burnham-on-Crouch Golf Club, a friendly and relaxed members club where new members, societies and visitors are always assured a warm welcome.

Situated on the entrance to the small sailing town on Burnham On Crouch, getting here will take you around 30 minutes from the A127 and 40 minutes from the M25 but if you live further afield, its well worth the journey.

The Clubhouse has a 60’s seaside feel to it but don’t be fooled this club and course has plenty of history.

The main room upstairs overlooks the 18th green and the 1st and 10th tees and is adorned with many Club Trophies from over the years. However, it also provides spectacular views across the Crouch Valley and the River Crouch.

The bar staff were friendly and welcoming and the kitchen staff will cater to most tastes with affordable snacks and food.

Downstairs is a VERY small Pro Shop (enough to fit a desk and a fridge) but chat with ‘Ken’ and he will welcome you with plenty of news regarding the course and the club.

Although he was most focused on the weather when we visited, as with most Essex courses, being clay based, they were desperate for rain!

Visitors are welcome Monday to Friday, (excluding Thursday mornings) and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The History…

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 5Founded in 1923 and now with over 500 members, the course is renowned for its all year round condition and stunning views over the Crouch Estuary and South Essex Countryside.

Originally part of the Creeksea estate, it was one of the twenty-three clubs in Essex mentioned at the inaugural meeting of the Essex County Amateur Golf Union in February 1924.

Historically the town was originally a ferry port, and then becoming a fishing port known for its oyster beds, and most recently a renowned yachting centre, hosting ‘Burnham Week at the end of August.

The Club was first designed as a 9 hole course but was converted to 18 holes in 1993 after the members purchased land from the neighbouring farmer. The course is now a fully developed track, with no two holes the same.

The Club course record is 62 off a Par of 70 from the Whites.

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 1Burnham On Crouch Golf Club  – The Course…

The first hole starts with a gentle incline but stay on the left side of the fairway allowing for your 2nd shot over water, to green that is overlooked by the Creeksea Church that dates back to the 13th Century.

The second is a gentle short 278 yard Par 4 to the green – drive-able, but stay left.

The 3rd offers you great views over the Crouch River with a hole that drops approx 40 ft, to a green well protected by 4 bunkers with plenty of good sand to enjoy.

All the tee boxes to this point were clean and well kept and this is maintained around the course.

The next few holes offer a good challenge for any golfer and whilst the course is not overly long, you’ll need to be conservative to score well.

The next hole worth of a mention is the 317 yard Par 4, 7th, that asks you to play up to a slightly blind, raised green with again good views. Note: a wayward shot here could cost you a 9!

The 8th is a very pretty Par 3, again to a raised green, at this point we’ve still not seen anyone else? Surely the golfing mariners of Essex know about this gem of a course?

Once back at the clubhouse we putt out on the flat and well-kept 9th green.

We then head back out, playing up to the expansive 10th green, protected my a slight ridge at the sides and back. Chip well or your find another bogey on the card.

Now the next three holes offer some relief with some picturesque fairways and greens, and whilst not blowing on the day, these may be hard to reach if the wind gets up.

With a couple of Par 5’s on the back nine to test the long hitters, the course provides some tree-lined holes and one which is flanked by the local railway.

At its end reaches all the way into London Liverpool Street. However, this is not a bother and actually, offers, even more, character to the course.

With the next few holes offering some birdie opportunities, the course is an array of different holes with lovely true greens (well done the greenkeepers after a dry winter!).

However, one criticism, as with most members clubs, there is NO signage between holes…. why do members clubs not cater to the visiting golfer!

Burnham on Crouch Golf Club 2Burnham On Crouch Golf Club – The Verdict…

This is a fantastic short(ish) course at 6056 yards off the whites and is in great condition that will test your game to the full…overall this is a gem of a course.

Reminiscent of a links course, the fact its set back from the Crouch Estuary means it is somewhat protected from the elements but that’s what’s so appealing, it’s different to so many other courses you’ll play in the area or wider county.

The beautiful scenery at Burnham On Crouch Golf Club, means is well-worth visiting this club.

And with some local history to be enjoyed by way of the ‘Creeksea Church’ this is a course we would recommend you can play again and again.

All the staff and members were friendly and welcoming and happy to chat.

Green fees to visitors are reasonable but could be set lower to attract more visitors, as this is a course that requires some travel if you do not live in the immediate vicinity:

– Weekday: £23.00

– Weekend (pm only): £26.00

– Weekday Twilight (After 4:00pm): £14.00

– Weekend Twilight (After 4:00pm): £18.00

– SPECIAL WEEKDAY OFFER: £76 FOR A FOURBALL

Will we be back to Burnham On Crouch Golf Club anytime soon? Definitely…this is a course that all TSGers will enjoy!

TSG Verdict: 4 out of 5

 


For more information , please visit the TSG course page – Burnham-On-Couch Golf Club