You’re guaranteed to fall in love with this itinerary. Not only do you travel through some of Wales’s loveliest countryside but you’ll also enjoy golf of the highest standard on three great (and very green) courses.
Two or three days
Where to stay
There’s a varied range of accommodation on offer in Brecon, Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells – from large country house hotels to cosy guesthouses and welcoming inns.
Making the cut
Make for Brecon, the handsome Georgian town at the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Just a few miles north you’ll come to Cradoc, a parkland course laid out on a prominent hill. The first thing that hits you is the view. It’s stunning. The southern horizon is dominated by the distinctive, flat-topped summit of Pen y fan, the highest peak in the Beacons. But you’re here for the golf, so unpack those clubs and enjoy Cradoc’s mature, tree-lined fairways on a course that was specially designed to make the most of its rolling, hilly location. It’s classy golf, where rough stuff is kept to a minimum and the welcome at the 19th hole epitomises the friendly, unstuffy spirit of ‘golf as it should be’, Welsh-style.
Next comes Builth Wells, over a hill or two (or three) to the north. You’re in the true Welsh heartlands here, surrounded by tranquil farming country and in a market town that hosts one of Europe’s largest country jamborees, the Royal Welsh Show, held each July. The golf, like that at Cradoc, is parkland. And in common with its neighbour this highly regarded, well-groomed course is noted for more of those wonderfully wide Welsh vistas (see if you can spot a red kite circling above enjoying a bird’s-eye view) and smooth, true putting greens. It’s one of those ‘hidden gems’ that delights all who discover it, with a good use of natural features like woodland, ponds and riverbanks.
Last but not least comes another ‘Wells’, this time Llandrindod (‘Llandod’ if you’re a local). The town of Llandrindod Wells is a Victoriana personified – it’s a complete inland resort, purpose built as a spa town in Victorian times with all the period features – ornate architecture (lots of gables and bay windows), a pleasure park, bandstand and boating lake. You can still ’take the waters’ – and also take to the hills for some exciting and unusual golf. Llandrindod’s airy course has been described intriguingly as an ‘upland links’. Designed by Harry Vardon and altered some time later by James Braid (two of the best, we think you’ll agree), it’s a mix of lush upland turf, banks and natural hazards with well-protected greens. If involving, links-style golf played in rolling hills (with more of those fabulous Mid Wales views) is your thing, then Llandod is a must-visit.