Overlooking the town and the neighbouring valleys, you get a sense of timelessness as you look down from the first tee across the boating lake to the roofs of the Victorian town. To play the course you almost need a new game plan each time that you step onto the next tee. Length is not the most important asset on the course. If you fail to place the ball in the correct part of the fairway off the tee, many approach shots are played blind, and blind shots can be dangerous and often lead to ugly double bogies! Out of bounds comes into play on eight of the holes and a solid 75 can soon become a disappointing 85 if you put a couple over the fence and lose one or two when going for dangerous shots. This is the romance of playing golf at Llandrindod Wells. Linger a moment on your round and absorb the magic of the soft rolling hills which surround you. Admire the Buzzards and Red Kites which patrol the sky above the course. To single out one hole is almost impossible but there has always been a certain notoriety attaching to the lucky 13th! From an elevated tee, you face a tee shot that has to carry an almost vertical bank some 200 yards away, with out of bounds tight to the left side and trees and deep rough to the right. The approach shot from the fairway is a fairly simple one with a short iron to one of the more open greens on the course but, if you are standing on that tee with the wind in your face and the rain coming down, needing at worst a five to stay in the competition, you may well be just about to get the fright of your life …
Not for nothing did Harry Vardon name the 297 yard, par 4, 18th “Death or Glory”. Stand on the tee and make your decision, take an iron and play safe, or a wood and attack the carry of some 250 yards over a deep valley and the road beyond? But take heart, this hole has been aced, but only the once. Once you have tackled old “Death or Glory” you mind turns to the welcome and warmth of the clubhouse.
The current clubhouse was built in 1972 with new changing rooms and conference suite added for the Club’s centenary on 2005. Built on the hillside overlooking the lake and town beyond it gives everyone a spectacular view when enjoying a post golf drink or meal in the lounge bar or restaurant. The bar offers a full range of draft beers, wines and spirits and your hosts Beth and Simon Plumridge offer a mouthwatering range of snacks and meals to complete a fabulous day at a magnificent golf club. If you would like to have meals at the clubhouse during your stay these can be pre-booked when you book your golf and accommodation.
Llandrindod Wells Golf Club has a fleet of 8 buggies that are available for hire at a price of £20 per buggy.
Coffee and tea making facilities are available in the Dashers bar. Coffee and bacon roll available during bar opening times at a cost of £4.70.
The bar is open from 10.00am to dusk Wednesday to Monday (i.e closed Tuesday) and stocks a wide range of soft and alcoholic drinks as well as bar snacks. The bar will open earlier if required and sufficient notice given.
The clubhouse offers a range of snacks and cooked meals during opening hours.