Learn more about the fantastic North / East Championship golf course at Ingrebourne Links and take our virtual hole-by-hole fly thru tour.
What immediately draws your attention on the North course 9-holes are the wide, undulating fairways and surrounding terrain. These are classic links course characteristics, where positioning of the ball from the tee plays such a crucial part to the hole’s strategy. In addition, it’s already clear that the subtle inclines and declines around the greens will pose a real challenge to the short game, with a variety of shots needed to master the North nine.
As well as recreating the natural landscaping characteristics of links golf, Ingrebourne Links Golf & Country Club has also adopted a number of traditional bunker construction techniques. The course has over 30 bunkers, many of which have the ‘revetted’ stacked turf face so familiar to this style of course. The 7th hole is also home to the largest sleeper-walled bunker, bringing with it as much an eye-catching feature as a troublesome hazard that’s sure to catch many a stray shot, especially for those wishing the ‘cut the corner’ on that particular hole.
All of the greens have been constructed to USGA specifications, the very concept of which has a close relationship to the natural greens occupying links courses. The free draining subsoil offers good drainage and also creates the right environment to grow and maintain fine-leafed grasses that make for smooth, fast putting surfaces.
Laid out in a very generous 95 acres the Par 35 East course enjoys an uncluttered ‘feel’ with each hole having lots of space. When you play each hole, it will give the impression of being the only hole on the course, similar to that same feel on the North course.
There is a more pronounced elevation change as the opening holes move out eastward to the highpoint of the property offering some incredible views over London’s Canary Wharf and out towards the QE2 Bridge crossing and beyond.
The majority of the greens are generously sized with the influence coming from the true links courses around the world. These large putting surfaces allow for interesting contours and a number of different hole positions. The bunkering is selective and not dominating, so well placed shots from both the tee and the approach will be rewarded. We have added some additional teeing grounds so that the golfer can choose the extent of their golfing ‘examination’!
The finishing stretch, known as the ‘formidable four’ will be a very challenging mile of golf. Starting with the 6th hole, a 629-yard Par 5, playing downhill followed by a strong Par 4 back up the incline. The short Par 3, 8th will be a welcome respite because the 9th hole is another testing Par 5 that will require three well executed golf shots to reach the putting green to finish off the nine.