Channels Golf Club was founded in 1974 by Mr C.A.P (Tony) Stubbings.
Originally known as Channels Farm, the history can be traced back as far as the Doomsday Book, where you find that in 1086 the manor of 225 acres had pasturage for 50 sheep and 10 goats.
For many years to come Channels Farm continued to be farmed by local farmers.
Eventually Channels Farm was put up for sale and in 1929 was bought by Mr Clifford Stubbings (Tony Stubbings' father) who farmed it for gravel pits. War was declared in September 1939 and Channels Farm was hit many times and left with large craters.
Over the following years, gravel continued to be extracted and eventually the land was reinstated to what became the first 9 hole golf course at Channels.
In 1975 Channels Golf Club saw its first 9 hole golf course open. Two years later, on 7th June 1977 (the Silver Jubilee bank holiday), Channels opened its next 9 holes making Channels an 18 hole golf course.
With the 14th century farmhouse becoming the farmhouse, it provided drinks and refreshments to its members.
1979 saw Channels awarded the Sand and Gravel Association (SAGA) award for restoration to worked out gravel land.
In 1980 the first Christmas dinner took place and this was the start of what Channels would be able to offer people.
1981 saw the pitch and putt course open. Having had a fair few years to mature and develop it has now become the Poppi’s Par 3 course (named after Clifford Stubbings Snr).
1982 was when the beautiful thatched 17th century Essex Barn was converted and could be hired out for private events.
In 1984 Channels opened its main restaurant (now The Brasserie) to members and guests. It also saw three times winner of the “Grand National” Red Rum visit the club.
In September 1987, Channels hosted the Robert Powell Celebrity Amateur competition. Famous faces such as Bobby Robson, Shakin Stevens, Bernard Cribbins and Jasper Carrott attended the day.
In 1991 the King of Malaysia visited Channels.
In April 1994 a new 18 hole course layout was opened and this would eventually become the Channels course. The original golf holes made a further 9 hole golf course and this would become the Belsteads course with both courses requiring new SSS.
It was also in 1994 that the Regiment Way Golf Centre (now known as Little Channels) was opened on the west of the estate and became part of the complex. This provided a 14 bay floodlit driving range and teaching professionals. In the early part of the following year a 9 hole pay and play public course opened, with Regiment Way providing snacks and light bites in its “hole in one” bar.
2000 the Millennium saw Tony and Brenda Stubbings become Captains of the club for this very special year. It also saw the major refurbishment of the Clubhouse and restaurant at Channels. 2004 saw the extension to the farm buildings at Regiment Way and a new clubhouse with a bar and restaurant opened. The original clubhouse was extended and refurbished to cater for private parties, weddings and functions. The driving range was extended to 22 bays and more practice facilities added.
2006 saw the opening of Channels Lodge, 6 luxurious en-suite bedrooms situated in the Belsteads Farmhouse, adjacent to Channels.
In 2008 the second phase of Channels Lodge was completed and this provided a further 7 luxurious en-suite bedrooms. In 2010 the Lodge opened the delightful 3 bedroom Channels Cottage situated just a few hendred yards down the road.
August 2010 was the celebration of Mr Tony Stubbings' 80th birthday, followed by his wonderful wife Brenda’s in September 2011.
In June 2012 we were delighted to announce that outline planning consent had been granted for the Channels development. Revenue generated from this development will enable the Channels Estate to further invest and provide improvements and growth to all areas.
Over the years The Stubbings family’s dedication, hard work and love for their business has made Channels and Little Channels very special and unique places to be a part of.
We hope the Channels Estate will continue to be enjoyed by many more people in many more years to come.