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Five Lakes Essex Golf


  • A short-game practice area for chipping, pitching and bunker practice
  • Three practice putting greens
  • 8 bay driving range
  • Trolley, buggy and golf club hire
  • The services of a PGA professional
  • Golf and sports shop
  • Changing Facilities


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Built to USGA green specification and with two amazing, contrasting courses to play, the Crowne Plaza Resort at Five Lakes is home to two of the best golf courses in Essex. The tees and greens are meticulously maintained, and present a challenge to golfers both novice and experienced.

With excellent short game practice facilities and an onsite driving range, the scene is set for a day or a weekend of Essex golf heaven.

Please note: Buggies are only available when weather and course conditions allow. Please call 01621 862 326 to check with the golf shop 24 hours before your visit.

The Lakes Course

hotel golf course

The Lakes course is set in the most beautiful of surroundings. Built to USGA standards, the tees and greens will provide a welcome challenge for experienced golfers. To score well on the 6,313-yard course, you will need long drives and accurate approaches. As the name suggests, water does feature across this challenging par 72 course, one of the challenging golf courses in Essex.

The Links Course

Links golf course

The Links course is a slightly less challenging course with a par 71 and 5,981 yards. Suitable for novices, it also offers plenty of variety and challenges even for the most skilled players. Its narrow fairways and well-placed greens require an accurate approach based style of play.


Golf tuition

Whether you’re just getting started with golf or are looking to improve your game, you can access quality training with our coaching program. You can receive one-to-one coaching with our own Head Professional on the course, Gary Carter.

Gary Carter has been a PGA member for over 26 years and has been the pro here at the Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester – Five Lakes for 19 years. An accomplished player himself, he’s won the Essex golf PGA championship and has an enviable reputation in the wider competitive circuit. His coaching is available for all ages and stages of golfing and starts from just £28 for 30 minutes, with junior lessons available for half price.

Green Fees

Golf course

Our green fees are on par with many other Essex golf courses and offer fantastic value for money for our hotel guests and locals alike. The Lakes course fees start from £25 in the summer months with twilight rounds costing only £20. Our Links course fees start from £20 in the summer months, with twilight rounds available from just £12.

During the winter months, the green fees are even better value. Starting from £20 on the Lakes and £15 on the Links course, we also offer twilight rates from midday onwards.

Buggies are available to hire from just £28 per round, but do check with the golf shop that conditions are suitable for buggy use on the day.

To book a tee time, please call the golf shop on 01621 862326.