Why play here?
Laid out more than 100 years ago and little changed since then, Llandrindod Wells offers old-school golf at its finest. A moorland course perched high in the rolling Mid Wales hills, it combines classic design features – back to back par-threes, blind holes and short par-fours – with breathtaking views across the Welsh Marches and Cambrian mountains. Steel yourself for the signature hole, the par-four 18th appropriately known as ‘Death or Glory’. Played across a deep ravine with gorse and bracken to the sides, you must choose between a cautious approach shot or a mighty whack straight towards the distant green.
Did you know?
Llandrindod bears the fingerprints of some of golf’s greatest course designers. Six times Open champion Harry Vardon was responsible for the original layout in 1905, while fellow Open winner James Braid made a few alterations of his own some years later. It’s also been the scene of some memorable matches, such as the one that took place in 1911. Vardon and Braid were joined by the third member of the Open-winning Great Triumvirate JH Taylor and 1902 Open champion Alex ‘Sandy’ Hurd for truly unique exhibition match.
What the players say
‘Being a reasonably frequent visitor to mid Wales I knew that Llandrindod Wells could provide spectacular views but we were all bowled over by the course's sheer natural beauty and true test of golfing ability. From the first hole, with its imposing incline, to the last – so aptly named 'Death or Glory' – every player was very complimentary about the layout, the quality of the playing surface and of course the friendly welcome. The golfers from that original trip have increased in number and after a few years of playing different courses in both Wales and south-west England but I knew we would need to return to sample Llandrindod's delights once more.’
Howard Bentham, http://www.lwgc.co.uk/reviews.php
Off the course
Once a popular spa town where Victorian visitors would take the waters, Llandrindod Wells still retains much of its period flavour. Take an amble through the town’s pretty streets and you’ll find shops offering local arts and crafts, along with plenty of welcoming cafés and restaurants. Bike enthusiasts should also drop into the National Cycling Museum. This treasure trove of two-wheeled history tracks the evolution of cycling from the Penny Farthing to the present day. Alternatively, make the short trip to nearby Rhayader and the Gigrin Farm Red Kite Centre. Be sure to catch the daily feeding session for a closer look at these iconic Mid Wales birds.
For more information, please visit the Llandrindod Wells Golf Club website.