The club. Nestled in the heart of Mid Wales Llandrindod (or Llandod for short) is an unusual experiment in course architecture that transplants links features to a hilltop location. Bearing the fingerprints of legendary players and course designers James Braid and Harry Vardon, this ‘upland links’ is set high above the Victorian spa town, giving a wild and wonderful golfing adventure in spectacular setting.
The pro. Phil Davies
The hole. ‘The 18th is probably our most famous hole. It was the hole that Harry Vardon actually named himself. He designed the course and named it Death or Glory. Was featured in a book by Peter Alliss about the top 18 golf holes in the UK. It’s a 289 yard par 4 that plays shorter. The tee is elevated, the fairway is below you but the green is at the same height as the tee, so you’re essentially hitting over a valley. There are two options for a good player. You can hit a mid iron or a rescue and lay up into the bowl. From there it’s a blind shot over the B-road towards the green. Alternatively, if the conditions are good you can go for the green, which is where the ‘Death or Glory’ comes in. If you go for the green and pull the shot off you’re going to make the hole in three or four. But there is huge trouble on the right hand side. Gorse, bracken, the lot. If you go right, you’re dead. To the left is out of bounds. Even if you lay up, it’s still a death or glory hole because you’ve got safe and you’ve got dead. There’s not much in between.’
For more information, visit the Llandrindod Wells Golf Club website.