Why play here?

It may not be the longest course in Wales, but moorland Mountain Ash packs plenty of challenge into its less than 6000-yard length. The short par-three 7th is a good example, requiring a tough uphill shot to a green located at the course’s highest point. There are long holes too, like the 516-yard, par-five 18th. A good drive down the left hand side gives you the chance to make the green in two, but beware of the card wrecking out of bounds lying close by.

 

Did you know?

Mountain Ash has a complicated history. It began life as a nine-holer called Aberdare Valley Golf Club, expanding to 12 holes, then 20, before dropping two to its current 18-hole layout. It also changed its name to Mountain Ash just after the Second World War, thereby reducing confusion with the similarly named Aberdare Golf Club. Got that? Good.

 

What the players say

‘Mountain Ash surprised me. It may not be long but its hilly terrain makes golfing tricky. Be prepared from some ups and downs along the way, but make sure you drink in the valley views from the high points of the course. I’d play here again…I enjoyed it.'

www.top100golfcourses.co.uk

 

Off the course

Saddle up for a ride at Bike Park Wales the latest addition to Wales’s stellar cycling scene. With pulse-pounding downhill runs for adrenaline junkies and gentle forest trails for the more relaxed rider. If you’d prefer to let someone else handle the transport, take a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Running along the edge of the Taf Fechan Reservoir, it’s the perfect way to take in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park scenery – whatever the weather.

 

For more information visit the Mountain Ash Golf Club website