Why play here?
Laid out by the legendary James Braid on the appropriately named Y Golfa hill, Welshpool combines spectacular views across Snowdonia with Braid’s signature course design. You’ll find well-guarded greens and plenty of choice in how to approach each hole, with risk reward decisions a constant factor. The second shot on the par-four first is a good example, with the option to either stop short of the green or attempt to carry it and hope you don’t overrun. The final hole is perhaps the most memorable, with a long snaking fairway that doglegs uphill to a raised green.
Did you know?
Welshpool was named Welsh Golf Club of the Year in 2012 by the Golf Union of Wales, but it’s been turning heads since it was first laid out by James Braid more than 70 years ago. Amateur golfer and godfather of sportswriters Bernard Darwin was just one of Welshpool’s fans. His first experience of the course certainly made an impression: ‘The fact is that it is almost as impossible to describe the course as to describe the view; it is so unexpected, so unlike anything else, perched on the roof of the world. It is a beautiful place and I realised how incomplete had been my golfing education until I had seen it.’
What the players say
‘We as ministers in Chester would like to extent our sincerest thanks and appreciation to you at Welshpool golf club, for your hospitality to our party on Sunday the 26th May. Also please could you pass on our thanks to Sue in the clubhouse for the wonderful greeting and especially the fantastic bacon batch. It is a very challenging course and the butty was welcome at the end. As a former local man myself having played there many times, albeit 20 years ago, I had forgotten how challenging it is, but it is always good to test oneself, and we were all challenged that's for sure.’
Colin Harris, www.welshpoolgoflclub.co.uk
Off the course
Summer is the perfect time to explore the terraced gardens of Powis Castle. Inspired by Italian and French styles, the gardens are packed with beautiful rare plants and pleasantly shady corners. Don’t miss the opportunity to investigate the castle’s interior too. Generations of the Herbert family have built up an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries, while the Clive Museum houses a fascinating collection of treasure from India. Alternatively, take a ride through the unspoilt Banwy Valley on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway. Keep your eyes peeled during the 16-mile round trip and you can spot plenty of wildlife, from herons and kingfishers to deer and otters.
For more information, please visit the Welshpool Golf Club website.