Why play here?

One of the biggest challenges at Cradoc will be tearing your eyes off the scenery long enough to take your shots. Set on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, it boasts mountainous vistas so breathtaking they could prove distracting. Concentrate on your golf though and you’ll quickly discover this is a parkland golf experience that lives up to the standards set by its surroundings. Highlights include the 16th which tempts you to try and cut off the dogleg with a risky shot over trees and the 6th, where a sloping green hemmed by out of bounds makes a bogey feel like a par.

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Despite its mature tree-lined fairways, Cradoc is a comparatively young course. It was laid out in 1967 by designer C.K. Cotton, who also had a hand in the design of Pennard, Marriott St Pierre and Royal Lytham St Anne’s. Originally known as the Penoyre Golf and Country Club, the course was rescued from financial difficulties in the 1970s to be reborn as the club it is today. It was clearly something worth saving, as Cradoc was voted Welsh Golf Club of the Year in 2005.

What the players say

‘Cradoc is a genuinely lovely course that has the most divine views. Naturally this review is not about the scenery but when you play golf in such a gorgeous location that has some bearing surely? The course is pretty challenging with small greens that are devilish to read and when we played here they were not that quick so they could be even trickier. It’s rather a tough walk as the layout is quite hilly but the holes are varied and interesting and keep you entertained all the way round. Expect lots of hanging lies on side slopes, up slopes and down slopes. Fr me this makes a course supremely challenging and very tough on which to score well. Excellent food and welcome in the 19th and good value. Recommended.’

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Off the course

The proximity of the Brecon Beacons gives you the perfect excuse to strap on your hiking boots and explore. If you’d like to something a little less strenuous, hop aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway and let an antique steam train carry you along the shores of the Taf Fechan reservoir. Indulge your cultural side with a visit to Theatr Brycheiniog, which hosts a rotating choice of live music, theatre and exhibitions. Brecon is also famous for its world-renowned Jazz Festival, which sees musicians from every corner of the globe descending on the market town each August for a three-day celebration of music.