Essex Country Club - West Orange, NJ
When I played my first Seth Raynor course at Shoreacres in 2016, I was immediately fascinated by his unique style of design. Compared to other courses I had played, I was blown away. So when I had an open afternoon, I jumped at the chance to play Essex Country Club. Specifically, Essex is a composite design between Tillinghast, Raynor, and Banks. Founded in 1887, It is also one of the 25 founding member clubs of the USGA.
Aside from a fantastic course experience, my time at Essex Country Club was greatly enhanced by my man on the bag that afternoon, Spencer. We had a riot out there.. and hit a couple of good golf shots as well. I will leave you with this quote that I believe shines a light on the finer points of Seth Raynor and his intricate design philosophies.