One of the hardest opening holes in the south east. Measuring 467 from the back tees, this hole requires a long drive and a long iron/wood to a right to left sloping green. A five here is usually a good opening score.
After a tough opening hole, it doesn’t get much easier. This par 3 plays shorter than its yardage but it is well guarded by three bunkers. Beware as the out of bounds runs down the left and continues round the back of the green.
This is the first and shortest of the three par fives at Chigwell, but by no means is it the easiest. The hole is a slight dog leg from left to right and requires a straight tee shot as the hole is protected by trees down the right and oob down the left. From the fairway long hitters will find this green in range, otherwise a positional lay-up is required over the fairway bunkers.
Stroke index 1 on the card but it may not look it. Aim your tee shot down the left, as you can see the fairway slopes severely from left to right. Once you have mastered that, you are left with a mid-iron into a green with no bail out areas other than short. This hole's biggest defence is the sloping green.
Probably the easiest of the par fives at Chigwell. Balls tend to gather on the left side of the fairway or rough. This leaves you an uphill blind second shot to a green, which is in range for long hitters. A great chance to make a birdie.
The 6th is the shortest par 3 on the course, but it isn’t an easy green to hit. It’s quite small and is guarded by a deep bunker at the front. Right half of the green is the safe play. If you walk off with a three here you should be very pleased.
This hole offers no bail out area off the tee. It is essential you hit the fairway here to make your par. It’s only 363 yards from the back tee, so you can afford to hit 3 wood to give yourself the best chance of hitting the fairway. Beware of the big oak protecting the green on your approach shot.
Position is the key on this hole. Aim your tee shot towards the oak on the left as the ball will feed round onto the fairway. You should only be left with a short approach giving you a good opportunity to make a birdie.
The final hole on the front nine provides another opportunity to make a birdie before you head into the back nine. However this is only possible if you can miss the out of bounds and bunkers down the left side. A 3 wood is a safe option of ensuring a fairway hit.
A tricky par 3 with trouble short, left and right. A 3 here is always a good score. Make sure you take enough club as most golfers tend to finish short of the green where the bunkers await.
A long straight drive is needed here. Right is a no go on this hole as you can be easily blocked out and give yourself no shot to the green. The bush on the right is at driving distance for the long hitters. If you can avoid the right side, you will be left with a mid-iron to a reasonably flat green.
The hole measures over 380 yards from the back so a driver is probably the best option. Once you have negotiated your tee shot through the shoot of trees, you are left with a mid-iron shot to a double tiered green. Finding the right level is the hard part.
A reasonably short par 4 from an elevated tee. It isn’t an easy fairway to find with the left to right slope and most players tend to finish in the right rough. This leaves a short uphill approach where distance is the key.
The longest par three on the course and also a very challenging one. The green is well protected by bunkers. The bail-out area is to the right with the out of bounds down the left side very much in play. Sometimes a 4 isn’t a bad score.
From one tough hole to another. A long par 4 and the hardest on the back nine. This green is only in range in two shots for the long hitters. The hole shapes gently from right to left with trees along both sides. This hole plays more like a par 5 and the green doesn’t get much easier. Similar to the 12th green, it has two levels and finding the right level is important in order not to three putt.
The tee shot is the difficult bit on this dog leg 16th. A long iron is required for the long hitters, but most will hit a 3 wood or driver. Once over the ditch you are left with a short approach to a green, which slopes from back to front. A possible birdie chance if you find the fairway.
A challenging Par 4 hole with an uphill approach through a narrow entrance guarded by bunkers to a two tiered green.
A long finishing hole measuring 556 yards from the back tee. Finding the fairway is important in order to give yourself an opportunity to make a par. From there you must avoid the water hazard down the left side, so the right rough isn’t a bad line. An uphill approach is left and a five is a good score on any day.