The course covers 110 acres and runs alongside the sea wall and inland to West Road. It is flat, part wooded and part open, and comprises five par 3s, nine par 4s and four par 5s. Total length from the competition tees is 6448 yards and the standard scratch score is 71. For ladies it is 5526 yards (SSS72). There is an excellent practice ground of 10 acres, which is accessed by carefully crossing the 18th fairway. Two practice putting greens and a chipping area together with two practice nets are located close to the clubhouse. Practising on the course is prohibited. The course is well bunkered and fleets, which cross fairways or form boundaries, are a peculiar feature providing many water hazards. The greens, considered to be among the best in Essex, are all watered by automatic sprinklers. There is no out of bounds within the perimeter of the course. Out of bounds is indicated at places by white marker posts, water hazards by yellow posts and lateral water hazards by red posts. The word fleet is the local term for a ditch or stream.