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Forrester Park Golf Club’s well-established 6073-yard par 71 parkland course has plenty of hazards to challenge players regardless of ability or handicap.  With its tree-lined undulating fairways, the course is about accuracy rather than distance, judgement rather than strength.

Course May 2013 resizedWe are open for greenfees daily and there are a number of golfing events open to non-members.  Tee times for both weekdays and weekends can be booked by non-members up to six days in advance.

The club offers a range of memberships to suit most pockets and lifestyles. There are plenty of competitions for golf members.

We also welcome societies, charity days and corporate golf days any day of the week. Parties of 12 or more golfers are eligible to book as far in advance as they wish.

10th Green

  • 18-hole par 71 6073-yard parkland golf course
  • 10-acre grass practice ground, over 300 yards in length
  • Practice putting green
  • Buggy and trolley hire
  • Clubhouse offering food and drink daily from 7.30am
  • Club professional available for individual and group coaching for all standards

Non-members are welcome to use the practice facilities and we have two PGA golf professionals to offer coaching for all ages and abilities.

Forrester Park Golf & Country Club is set in beautiful Essex countryside overlooking the River Blackwater, in the village of Great Totham. It is within ten minutes of the A12 between Chelmsford and Colchester.


The greens are always a challenge and usually very pacey. The drainage on the course is second to none meaning that trolley bans are rare and the course is playable year round. - Challenging course


  • 1st: A challenging start at any course is the first hole, but this is made harder as you tee off so close to the clubhouse – is anyone watching?! This makes the easy par 5 much more difficult. If you’re nervous, keep it left – mature trees all up the right; careful of the well-placed pond right of the green though.
  • 2nd: A medium-length par 3 guarded by bunkers all around the green. This green may look flat but subtle breaks on this green can catch you out; be sure and stick to the line you have picked.
  • 3rd: A great miss on this hole is left, as you stare down the out-of-bounds posts that hug the right edge of the fairway. A tough hole, and don’t think you’ll get away that easily, the green is a tricky one.
  • 4th: As straight as you can point is what you need your golf ball to do down this par 5, longer hitters can reach in two but much safer to play this as a three shot hole. Remember a 2 tier green awaits you.
  • 5th: A downhill par 3 with two steep-faced bunkers around the green. The hardest par 3 on the course; make your par and run – this is a scary one.
  • 6th: A let-up from the last hole, with this short par 4 running at only 272 yards not the longest of par 4’s. But don’t get complacent with this hole; a nasty bunker 50 yards from the green can turn this into a tough one.
  • 7th: The definition of risk and reward. A dog leg right par 5 is what you are faced with. You are left with a decision: take on the corner and maybe get on in two? Or play it safe and go around the corner. You must pick the right line if you take it on, but if you don’t hit it well a watery grave may await your ball.
  • 8th: The hardest hole on the front 9, a tough drive into an upslope where precision is needed far more than power. UNDER? Or OVER? That is what awaits your second shot. Come and play it to find out!
  • 9th: A short par 3 onto an undulating green; as it runs from front to back it is very difficult to keep your ball on the green. Club selection is important and check for cross-winds as you’re very sheltered from the tee.
  • 10th: A tough start to the back 9. Tough drive to a sloping fairway from left to right. Make sure you pick the right club for the second as this approach is down hill, take a club less, make sure you hit it well as the trees pick up any balls that are short.
  • 11th: A downhill par three, one of the easier holes on the course. Golf balls stop quickly on this green that slopes from back to front.
  • 12th: ONLY 335? Must be easy then. Nope! Stroke index one. Out of bounds all up the right hand side. You need a well positioned tee shot to attack the pin correctly. Well positioned trees overhang just short of the green; can you hit it over in two? If you doubt you can you had better layup. If you have shots on this hole you need to use them.
  • 13th: This is my personal favourite hole. Two deep bunkers overpower your thoughts on this hole as this is all you will be looking at. Concentrate and focus on the pin, hit your shot and hole the putt. Picture that the bunkers are not there.
  • 14th: At 311 yards it’s a fairly short par 4, for everyone this easy hole is a let up from the rest of the course and you can pick some valuable shots up here.
  • 15th: A right-left par 4. You need to hug the right side of the fairway to see the green; anything left and you will be blocked out by the trees.
  • 16th: 451 – easy par 5……look at your card again – its a par 4, a monster hole. This hole however can play very differently depending on where the pin is; this is because it has one of the longest greens on the course. I don’t care who you are, two of your Sunday best are needed to hit it on in regulation.
  • 17th: A tight drive awaits you on this penultimate hole. Believe me there is a fairway down there somewhere, trees left, ditches right. Rumours have it you either have to turn sideways or walk single file down this fairway because it is so narrow. Find the fairway and you will be fine.
  • 18th: The closing hole is a generous par 5. You’ve done the hard work, just finish off the job. Small target at the end of the hole and a new run-off area and pot bunkers left of the green.
  • 19th: The bar- a job well done!
The clubhouse is an old converted barn with a very homely feel to it and all the staff are very welcoming. - Very welcoming