Located close to the M25, Cranham Golf Course is a mere 5000 yard in length. Could such a short course be the model for a quick playing public golf course?
St. Marys Ln, Upminster RM14 3NU
Cranham Golf Club is a new course and so some of the facilities are, at the moment a bit basic. I understand there are plans to improve the club house.
There a clubhouse or bar to speak of although one is currently under construction. There is a decent cafe area, though again the options are currently rather limited. Additionally, there isn’t a pro shop other than a selection of tees, balls and other essentials behind the till. I advise you to stock up before you arrive at this course.
For the time being, visitors to Cranham can expect a golf course and a place to eat a bacon sandwich and little much more than that. However, before you dismiss Cranham, I would suggest that there is a lot going for it.
An extension to the existing catering building is well underway and soon due for completion. While there isn’t a driving range available, the chipping and putting area is more than adequate.
What’s it like to play?
One of the first things you’ll notice at Cranham is that it’s very new. Some of the fairways have a ‘just-laid’ feeling about them. At the time I played the course they were a bit patchy but otherwise, I was impressed with the overall quality of the course maintenance.
The fairways are well cut, the rough and run off areas are well tended. It’s a remarkably flat landscape and this combined with its relatively short length made for a rather easy-going round.
The course looks good and the presence of a range of hazards provide the occasional risk and reward shot.
Cranham Golf Course measures 5119 off of the white tees, possibly one of the shortest full 18 hole golf courses in London.
If you’re not long off the tee you’ll find that most of the par fours are reachable with two good iron shots. There are a few ponds and lakes dotted around the course to keep it interesting, none more so that the superbly designed peninsula 18th green.
As I made my way around the course it became obvious that Cranham had much to offer. This is a modern course and a lot of consideration given to the layout.
Each hole demands a different approach and while this is a course that would suit the improving player, a low handicap player could go birdie hunting and have a lot of fun.
There are some decent risk and reward opportunities that add a little spice to your round. Personally, I enjoyed playing the fourth, an inviting par four with a green well protected by a lake and bunkers.
The seventh is a very decent par five. Around five hundred yards in length, a good tee shot will put you in a position to take on a green. However, it’s a heart in mouth shot or water or a sensible layup to make the green in regulation.
The greens at Cranham Golf Course were absolutely superb. Firm and very, very fast, it took me a while to find my length. Many of the greens have subtle turns that added difficulty to my putt, if nothing else, Cranham is a great place to perfect your short game.
It would be easy to dismiss Canham as a beginner’s course but there’s enough about place to get you thinking about which shots to play regardless of handicap. While it’s a golf course that might not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a terrific place to develop your game. Once the facility upgrades are complete, Cranham will
A relaxed dress code, friendly service and decent course made Cranham an accessible and enjoyable place to play. I understand that at weekends and bank holidays the course can be very busy, so it would be essential to book ahead during these periods.