Why play here?

A mature parkland course set in rolling countryside just this side of the border, The Rolls of Monmouth is one of Wales’s hidden gems. The 6,773 yard course is divided in two by woodland and offers a stern and varied golfing challenge in idyllic surroundings. The 5th requires a confident approach, with a difficult pitch up the green awaiting any shots that fall short.  The two-tiered green at the 8th rewards careful club selection, with the toughest bunker on the course lurking just to its left.

Did you know?

Hendre House stately home, which now serves as the course’s clubhouse, belonged to the Rolls family between 1767 and 1987. The most famous member of the family was Charles Stuart Rolls, who teamed up with Frederick Royce to form the Rolls-Royce automotive company. Alongside his interest in cars, Rolls was a pioneer aviator and first man to fly non-stop across the English Channel and back. Unfortunately, he also became the first Briton to die in an air accident when his plane crashed during a flight display in Bournemouth in 1910.

What the players say

‘The views of the magnificent building, part of which forms the clubhouse are just stunning from the elevated parts of the course and everything to do with the Rolls oozes class. The starting holes are long sweeping par fours through mature avenues of trees. Come the 7th and you are faced with the most spectacular rollercoaster par five which sweeps downhill and doglegs to a green protected by water. It really is just stunning and you’d play the hole over and over again if you didn’t have to walk back up the hill.’

Gareth, www.top100golfcourses.co.uk

Off the course

Take a drive through the scenic Wye Valley, stopping off at The Old Station in Tintern on the way. Built as a country railway station in Victorian times, it is now a countryside centre that’s perfect for walks and picnics. Refurbished railway carriages tell the story of the Wye Valley, while the old signal box is home to changing exhibits from local artists. A little further along the valley lies Tintern Abbey, one of Wales’ most famous historical sites. The ruined Cistercian Abbey was an inspiration to poet William Wordsworth and still casts a powerful spell today. Equally impressive is the castle at Raglan, an imposing fortress that was the boyhood home of King Henry VII.

For more information, please visit the Rolls of Monmouth website.