Golf course in Essex

Links Course Guide

Five Lakes’ reputation as one of the best golf hotels in Essex is unrivalled. With impeccable golf greens that have been built to USGA standards, novice and experienced golfers alike will take great pleasure from a day on one our courses. In particular, The Links course is famous for its slick greens and deceptive nature; easier than The Lakes, those playing on this course should still avoid underestimating the water hazards and penal sand traps.

Links Statistics

  • Slightly shorter than The Lakes
  • Designed by Neil Coles
  • Opened in 1975
  • White Tees – 6181 Yards, S.S.S: 70
  • Yellow Tees – 5981 Yards, S.S.S: 69
  • Red Tees – 5194 Yards, S.S.S: 71


If you’re looking for golf lessons, Colchester is lucky enough to have Five Lakes’ very own Head Professional, Gary Carter. Whether you’re just starting off or want to gain a new insight into how to improve your game, Gary has been the Pro at Five Lakes for 19 years so he certainly knows a thing or two about improving your handicap or imparting words of wisdom.  A 26 year long PGA member, Gary was twice South East of England Junior Champion and has won the Essex PGA championship. He continues to play the East Region PGA circuit and has recently made his Senior PGA debut. He will cater his tuition to any ability and any age.

Links Course Videos

If you’re looking for a golf course near Colchester where you can putt to your hearts content, then you’re in the right place. On our Links course putting is an absolute pleasure, thanks to the aforementioned slick greens. With a par 71 (70 for ladies) and 5,981 yards, novices will enjoy this green but even skilled players will be able to tackle the narrow fairways if they adopt an accurate approach-based style of play.