Vale of Llangollen
Why play here?
Llangollen is well known for it’s annual International Eisteddfod, but it’s also home to one of Wales’s golfing gems. This tree-lined, parkland course laid out alongside the River Dee offers a stern test for even the most able golfers. The ninth is its signature hole, a 439-yard par-four aptly known as The River. Played with the water at your right towards a hole which doglegs to the left, an unsuccessful tee shot risks ending up in the submerged Dee’s currents.
Did you know?
Starting out in 1908 as a nine-hole course formed by the local gentry, Vale of Llangollen has built a reputation as one of the best inland courses in North Wales. Growing to a full 18 holes in the 1960s, it has a reputation as a truly testing round of golf (par is 72, but a standard scratch score is 73). Llangollen’s challenge is reflected in its HSBC Gold Status ranking and its regular hosting of national and county level competitions.
What the players say
‘What a hidden gem we have at the Vale of Llangollen. Our arrival was met by a warm and friendly golf shop professional, which was again evident when meeting the Secretary and catering staff. Some of us had played the course before, but had forgotten the true value of such a parkland course on a warm and sunny day. Every hole had its own difficulty and quirk of greens, but after giving even our lowest handicapper a severe test we all agreed we must return. If you haven't yet played the Vale then you should make it a priority to do so, or continue to miss out on one of North Wales’s little belters.’
Brian Bartley, Secretary of The Coachman Golf Society
Off the course
Perched on a hill above the town of Llangollen are the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran. Though only fragments of this once mighty fortress remain, a hike to its lofty location is worth it for spectacular views of the surrounding Dee Valley. Dating from the 13th century, the atmospheric and well-preserved remains of nearby Valle Crucis Abbey offer another fascinating glimpse into Wales’s long history. To see a different side of this Area of Outstanding National Beauty, hop aboard the Llangollen Steam Railway for a leisurely return trip to Carrog. If you like to take things at a slower pace, ride a narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal over the dizzying 125ft high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
For more information, please visit the Vale of Llangollen Golf Club website.