Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons - Golf Courses & Clubs
St Giles Golf Club, Newtown
A charming nine-hole course situated alongside the River Severn in the heart of Wales. The 6012-yard course is a challenging par 70 parkland style course on the outskirts of the Mid Wales market town of Newtown.
The club was founded in 1895 and moved to its current location in 1908 and since its inception, the course layout has changed three times growing and making better use of the terrain. Today the course uses the natural contours of the land to provide a challenging golfing experience rising and falling towards the River Severn, which borders the course and comes into play on three holes.
St Idloes Golf Club, Llanidloes
The club has always drawn its membership from the local people. Golf may be an elitist sport elsewhere in the country, but in a small country town where everybody knows one another nothing could be further from the truth. The Club has a wonderful friendly atmosphere, which is extended without reservation to visitors.
The course is nine holes in undulating parkland and the total length for eighteen holes is 5,510 yards. Par is 66. Although relatively short by modern standards, the nine holes are full of variety, the slopes and hidden greens require accuracy and course management to achieve a good score. Although there are some very good driving holes, long hitters find little advantage over their weaker brethren. There are no water hazards, but the gorse and heather trap the unwary.
Welsh Border Golf Complex
Set up in 1990, the club is located east of Welshpool at Bulthy Farm, Middleton near the northern end of the beautiful Breidden Hills which span the border between Powys and Shropshire. The long nine has a total yardage of 3460 from the white competition tees with two par five holes are over 520 yards long and two par threes.
The short nine has three par fours and the rest part threes; it is a very interesting little circuit, great not only for beginners but for players who have neither time nor inclination to tackle the longer nine. Most of the course offers superb views over three counties to the East, West and North.
Welshpool Golf Club
This James Braid designed course is situated 3 miles west of Welshpool on the Golfa Hill. The 18 holes that make up this magnificent course, once played won’t be forgotten in a hurry. The views are simply spectacular, a panoramic vista of miles of welsh hillside and farmland with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop. The clubhouse offers a guaranteed warm welcome with plenty of room for large societies and home cooked Welsh fare ready for the hungry golfer.
Llandrindod Wells Golf Club
In 1905 a group of local businessmen had the foresight to establish an 18-hole golf course on land overlooking the spa resort town of Llandrindod Wells, with its wide streets and impressive architecture would have been in the heyday of its popularity with the thousands of visitors that flocked to the Spa town to “take the waters”.
The course was designed by six times open champion Harry Vardon, and altered some years later by James Braid, to produce, essentially, the superb course of 18 holes, almost 5800 yards in length (par 69), that you see today. The Club welcomes visiting golfers both as individuals and societies and for the more competitive it hosts a number of Open Events throughout the year, where anyone with a valid handicap certificate is welcome to come and take part.
Knighton Golf Club
Knighton offers one of the best rounds of golf in central Wales. It boasts everything that a great course should; wonderful views from nearly every hole, a challenge that differs from hole to hole and enough character to keep all avid golfers enthralled. The current course was designed by the famous Harry Vardon, who laid out plans for the course in Knighton in September 1912 using the contours of the hills as the natural guardians of the greens and it remains the same challenge today. If you enjoy courses that are full of character, that have uphill and downhill lies and offer some of the most spectacular views you are ever likely to see on a golf course, then you will not do better than the nine-hole course here at Knighton.
Builth Wells Golf Club
Builth Wells Golf Club was founded in 1923 originally as a nine hole course and remained this way until 1986 when it became 18 holes. The course is set in the quiet, picturesque Mid Wales countryside and you will find the golf course and scenery to be stunning. The club has played host to numerous Golf Union of Wales events and offers a very warm welcome to visiting golfers and very competitive society packages.
The clubhouse is an extended C15th Welsh long house with a relaxing atmosphere. Builth Wells Golf Club is very much a hidden gem- once played never forgotten.
Brecon Golf Club
Situated half a mile west of the Brecon’s town centre, a good mix of nine holes provides enjoyment for all golfers and a stern test for those who want to better their handicap. While challenging for any golfer, it is an excellent walk. The majority of the course is flat, giving easy walking and good lies. Eighteen holes of golf at Brecon measures 6122 yards with a par of 70.
Cradoc Golf Club & Driving Range
Cradoc Golf Club is a stunning 18-hole parkland golf course set on the northern side of the Usk valley some 2 miles from Brecon. This course is the epitome of the phrase "golf as it should be" for the relaxed, friendly and unhurried nature of the game and is noted for its natural surroundings, including mature tree lined fairways and an occasional water hazard, and gives golfers a challenging, yet entertaining, test of their golf. A 10 bay floodlit driving range, practice ground, chipping green, bunkers and putting green are also available for use by members and visitors alike.
Llandovery College Golf Club
As part of Llandovery College (it is situated next to the Sports Pavilion) this nine-hole par-3 parkland course is mainly used by the students but it is also open to the general public.
Visitors don't need a handicap to play, so it is the perfect place to go if you want to play golf for the first time or are a relative newcomer to the game. The course measures just over 2,000 yards, so you definitely won't get the chance to use every club in the bag. There are some interesting holes, though, and this is definitely the type of course to head for if you want to play relatively cheaply without being put under any pressure.
Glynhir Golf Club
An established parkland course (18 holes, par 69) where a warm welcome is always assured, the Club was formed over 100 years ago and was originally located in Llandeilo; in 1967 the Club moved to its present location north-east of Ammanford and became Glynhir Golf Club.
Rhosgoch Golf & Leisure Club
Situated high above the Wye Valley in beautiful unspoilt countryside, the Rhosgoch Golf and Leisure Club is a peaceful golfing oasis surrounded by outstanding views of the Radnorshire Hills. It overlooks Rhosgoch Bog, a Sight of Special Scientific Interest, one of the few 'quacking bogs' remaining in Europe, supporting rare and endangered wildlife and flora; curlews and Red Kites will often accompany you on your round.
The 5000 yards, par 68 course, utilises the natural slopes providing a challenging game of golf, a good test for experienced golfers, yet suitable for all ages and all standards of play. Rhosgoch is an ideal venue for casual visitors and for anyone wishing to enjoy a game of golf in a friendly, relaxed environment, at a price to suit all. Junior golfers and families are particularly welcome at Rhosgoch, as well as beginners to the game.
Monmouthshire Golf Club
Situated near to Abergavenny, the Monmouthshire is an eighteen-hole par 70 course that suits all levels and ages of golfer. The course is set against the beautiful scenery of the Usk Valley, surrounded by the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Mountains. It is a superb example of a mature parkland course which, from the back tees can be as tough as it is beautiful. The River Usk runs alongside the 6th hole and it is bordered by agricultural land which gives it a real country feeling; many visitors return on a regular basis.