Why play here?
Located in a commanding hilltop position and bounded by sheer cliffs, Llanymynech’s setting alone provides reason to visit. Thankfully, the course itself lives up to its surroundings. With 6,047 yards of undulating greens, the course provides a fair but testing challenge to golfers of all abilities. The short par 4 11th hole conceals many traps for the unwary player, while hitting the elevated green on the 5th requires careful consideration. That former Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam cut his golfing teeth here is a testament to Llanymynech’s qualities. Both his parents were captains of Llanymynech and it is still one one of his favourite clubs.
Did you know?
The opportunity to play in two different countries during one round of golf is probably Llanymynech’s most unusual feature. The course is bisected by Offa’s Dyke, the 8th-century earthwork that still marks the boundary between Wales and England, so the 4th hole sees players tee off in the former and putt in the latter. There are a further two holes on foreign soil before travellers are welcomed back to Wales at the 7th.
What the players say
‘I’ve played the course many times before and in summer the greens tend to be true and slick, adding another dimension. The views from the course are sensational and it is a fantastic place to play your golf if, like me, you prefer established clubs over modern tournament-type venues. However, you will also be left with an impression of a true golfer’s course populated by an unpretentious membership whose welcome in the clubhouse is amongst the best I’ve experienced.’
The Doc, www.ukgolfguide.com
Off the course
The Offa’s Dyke Path is the ready-made, ideal way to explore the rolling countryside surrounding Llanymynech on foot. If you don’t fancy travelling under your own steam, the nearby Welshpool & Llanfair Railway can do the hard work for you. This historic light railway winds through the picturesque Banwy Valley at a wonderfully sedate pace, allowing passengers to spot deer, hawks and possibly even otters. Take a stroll in the Italian-themed terraced gardens of Powis Castle or get off the beaten track at Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales’s tallest waterfall.
For more information visit the Llanymynech Golf Club website.