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.

Our greens are big.... Big enough for your ass.
— Spence the Caddie