Welcome To The Internet Golf Club Your UK On-Line Golf Information Service
Home Courses Sales Articles News Reviews Rules Jokes Contact Win
Thorndon Park Golf Club and Thorndon Park Golf Course
Thorndon Park Golf Club and Thorndon Park Golf Course
Welcome To Thorndon Park Golf Club
Details Correct As Of 07/04/2015

Thorndon Park Golf Club - Brentwood
Address    Thorndon Park
Town    Brentwood
Postcode    CM13 3RH
Secretary / Manager    Giles Thomas
First Name / Manager    Giles
Telephone    01277 810345
Fax    01277 810645
Club Website Address   http://www.thorndonparkgolfclub.com/
Email Address   office@thorndonpark.com
Course Information Line Telephone    01277 810345
Greenkeeper    Robert George
Club Professional    Brian White
Telephone    01277 810736
Fax    01277 810645
Pro's Website Address   No Information Given
Pro's Email Address   No Information Given
Club Steward / Manager    Bill Wignall
Telephone    01277 810345
Fax   No Information Given
Number Of Holes    18 Hole
Course Yardage    6511
Par    71
Yardage Markers On Course   yes
Changing Room Facilities   yes
Handicap Certificates Required   yes
Driving Range   no
Soft Spikes Required   no
Society Day(s)     Mon , Tue , Fri
Type Of Club    Members
Course Type    Parkland
Green Fees Weekdays    50.00 for 18. 65.00 for the day
Green Fees Weekends    By permission only, 55
Green Fees Twilight   No Information Given
Green Fees Junior   No Information Given
Green Fees Society    Phone for fees
Green Fees Other   No Information Given
Joining Fee    Phone office
7 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
5 Day Membership Fee   No Information Given
Ladies Membership Fee   No Information Given
Junior Membership Fee   No Information Given
Country Membership Fee   No Information Given
Other Membership Fees   No Information Given
Membership Fee Information   No Information Given
Proshop Available   yes
Club Hire Available   yes
Club Repairs Available   yes
Custom Club Fitting Service   yes
Trolley Hire Available   yes
Electric Trolley Repair   no
Buggy Hire Available   yes
Lessons Available   yes
Course Planner Available   yes
Bar Available   yes
Breakfast Available   no
Lunch Available   yes
Afternoon Tea Available   yes
Dinner Available   yes
Accommodation Available   no
Thorndon Park Golf Club was formed in 1920 by a group of businessmen with a vision of a great golf course and a hope for residential property development. They had purchased a long lease on 240 acres of the South Park of Thorndon Hall, the Petre family’s magnificent and historic eighteenth-century mansion that had fallen into disrepair following a devastating fire in 1878.
One of the reasons for employing Colt was his experience in designing golf courses around which grand residential estates could be built. However, this desire to make Thorndon Park an Essex version of St George’s Hill was effectively ended by the onset of the Second World War and post-war Green Belt legislation.

By 1968 the Club had completed the purchase of the course and the Hall, which had become little more than a dark and damp shell – with the notable and lively exception of the East Wing, which served as the clubhouse, complete with a ladies’ locker room reached by a set of wooden stairs outdoors! (As you look from the present practice putting green, the East Wing is to the right of the main Hall).

In 1974 the Club moved a hundred yards or so across the old practice putting green to a new clubhouse by the 18th green, taking with it the splendid wooden bar, which is the centrepiece of the present men’s bar. The following year the Club sold the Hall, which has since been restored as apartments and cottages housing about 200 people.

The course layout remains much the same as when Colt left it, although it has been lengthened from the original of barely 6,000 yards to 6,511 yards today off the men’s tees. The course measured 6,455 yards in 1983, when Mark Davis – a Club member who went on to win two professional tournaments on the European Tour – set the amateur course record of 66. The professionals’ course record is the 66 returned in 1997 by Roger Gray (a former assistant professional at the Club). The course record for the ladies is 64 acheived by Angela Bonallack in 1972.

The embryonic Club had commissioned Harry Shapland Colt and Charles Hugh Alison in 1919 to create the golf course. Colt was one of the finest golf course architects of his day: Sunningdale Old and New and the West Course at Wentworth were among his 300 designs or re-designs. At Thorndon Park he found a splendid environment in which to blend his ideas: turf made lush and springy by centuries of grazing by deer; woodland including great oaks, elms and cedars from the Middle East and Virginia imported by the eighth Lord Petre, a renowned botanist and gardener; and a five-acre lake as part of the parkland landscape fashioned by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Stand on the first tee today, look back to the Hall, then look down the first fairway and beyond, or gaze back from the eighth green, along the fairway and to the North Downs in the distance – and you have views little changed from Brown’s day.

05/12/2008 - Sent by Ken Lewis
  Thorndon Park is one of the best courses in S E England. The design of this Colt course is a classic, is in superb condition, with fast running greens and velvet fairways. The delicious food on offer always rounds off the day well. Do not miss a chance to play there.

Thorndon Park has been a members golf club since 1920. The 6511 yard par 71 oak-lined course is set on 240 acres designed and laid out by Harry S Colt and C. H. Alison.

The highest part of the course is 300 feet above sea level and from the clubhouse you look south across miles of rolling country to the long line of Kentish hills in the distance. Everywhere there is masses of room, so that one hole does not encroach on another. Many of the fairways run between banks of trees, mostly oaks, some of which are at least 500 years old. The eighteenth hole is quite stunning, with the palladian magnificence of Thorndon Hall, site of the old clubhouse, lending a delightful backdrop to an enjoyable round of golf.

The whole course is lucky to have ideal inland golf turf, for most of the ground was a deer park, which nearly always ensures good golf grass. However much rain falls, it drains away promptly into the lake. The lake itself provides a challenge early on in a round. The greens are famed for their speed and trueness and the fairways are known for their springy turf.

Overall, Thorndon Park provides a calm and peaceful setting for a challenging round of golf.

Thorndon Park Golf Club - Brentwood
2 miles south east of Brentwood on the A128.
Local Ads Here
HomeGolf Blog : Club Search : Golf Articles : Golf Sales : Golf Reviews : Golf Jokes :Win : Rules Of Golf : Privacy Statement : Disclaimer
Copyright © 2014 The Internet Golf Club, all rights reserved.