Builth Wells Golf Club

Builth Wells Golf Club is situated on the outskirts of the market town from which it takes its name. The town of Builth Wells dates from Norman times and grew up around a castle which commanded access across the River Wye.

The golf club was founded in 1923 as a “traditional” parkland course on farmland that had some 650 years earlier seen the massacre of 3000 foot soldiers, the army of the last native Prince of Wales, Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, who were ambushed as they tried to cross the River Irfon to reach Builth Castle. Prince Llewelyn was betrayed by the Marcher Lords, who he thought were his allies, and his body is believed to have been buried in the Cistercian Abbey at Cwm Hir, some 10 miles north.

In 1986 the golf club was extended from 9 to 18 holes when nine new holes were constructed. Seven of these new holes were on land to the west of the River Chwefri which until then had been the western boundary of the course. These holes are very different from the original course and were designed so that the river, woodland and ponds created natural hazards that need thought and guile to ensure you play to your handicap. At only 5424 yards the course it not long but what it lacks in length it makes up for in devilment and is unique in that it does not have any par 5 holes (for men).

The 10th is one of the signature holes and we consider it to be the start of our very own “Amen Corner”. Complete the next three holes to par and your prayers will have been answered. The 10th fairway is crossed twice by the River Chwefri, once immediately in front of the tee and again at about 185 yards away through a narrow woodland glade. You have a choice when you stand on the tee, do you reach for the driver and risk ending in the woodland or the river, or do you take a short iron and lay up before the river? Your choice depends on what you prayed for!!

The second signature hole is the 16th, again the river comes into play on this hole and the same choices (and prayers!) have to be made on the tee. This is a hole filled with danger but at least it brings you back over the river and onto the original course, and the clubhouse will soon be within sight.

The Clubhouse

The clubhouse is a Grade 2 Listed Building which has been converted from a 15th Century “Welsh Longhouse” that still retains its period character, and features several original oak beams, oak panelled walls and inglenook fireplaces. The clubhouse was extended in 2004 to create a light, airy and welcoming environment where you can enjoy a drink or a delicious home cooked meal after your round of golf. Wherever you choose to sit, the restaurant, the lounge bar or the patio you will be warmly welcomed by your hosts Malcolm and Debbie Grainger. Malcolm, a past Captain of the club, and his partner Debbie are well known locally for providing excellent food and drink and pride themselves on offering value for money food, made, wherever possible, from locally sourced produce. The Sunday carvery is particularly popular with a choice of three meats and up to six vegetables and booking is thoroughly recommended.

If you would like to book a meal at Builth Wells Golf Club whilst on your Heart of Wales Golf Break, be it breakfast on the morning you arrive, an evening meal or a lunch to set you up before your drive home, then take a look at the menu provided and let our booking agent, Catherine, know your choices when you book your golf break.

Hosted Ryder Cup Wales Young Professionals Championships

Host for Wales Junior Open Regional Finals

Hosts of Golf Union Of Wales Individual Handicap Championship

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Attractions in Builth Wells

Erwood Station Gallery

Nestled between Brecon and Builth Wells in the picturesque Wye Valley, this beautifully restored 19th century railway station and carriages shows the very best in contemporary craft paintings and sculpture.Tea room closes at 4:30.

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Welsh Overland Safari

Welsh Overland Safari is an independent travel company offering unique overland guided tours of some of the most beautiful, unspoilt landscapes in Europe, as well as rare natural habitats for wildlife. One of Wales's best kept secrets, the region has a rich and diverse history dating back to well before Roman times. Exploring the rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests of the area.

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Wyeside Arts Centre

Set in the heart of mid Wales, and perched upon the brink of the picturesque river Wye in the market town of Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre is a presenting venue for live and visual arts and cinema. Wyeside’s varied programme ranges from Cerys Matthews to Tchaikovsky and from Pinter to panto – with the likes of Lucy Porter at the microphone or Courtney Pine on sax.

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