March 2, 2016

A Real Jewel of a Golf Course

Hi, my name is Simon Edwards, I’m the PGA Professional at Builth Wells Golf Club and I’d like to tell you a little about our fabulous golf course, which I believe is a real jewel in the crown of the Heart of Wales golf courses.

The course is not long and has no par 5 holes (for men), but it has 18 holes of great character which meander through easy walking parkland and are influenced by both ancient woodland and water, with trees, ponds and the fast flowing river Chwefri having a potential impact on your scorecard.

Whilst several holes stand out, especially the par 3’s, I believe the 10th is one of the most interesting and challenging holes on the course. At only 344 yards you might be wondering why I chose this hole as one of the signature holes on the course. Well, stand on the tee and you are faced with a daunting sight, the fairway is through a narrow woodland glade which is dominated by towering oak trees and you have to cross the river Chwefri not once but twice! and to make matters worse the fairway doglegs right with the green out of sight.

So, it’s decision time, take the driver and try to carry the 200 yards to cross the river and ensuring you avoid the trees or take a short iron and lay up short of the river with a more difficult shot to the green. Whichever choice you make the shot into the two tier green is very tricky. The green sits sideways to the fairway and is built into the slope of the land, but don’t over hit your approach shot as it is easy to run through the green into the long grass just behind the green and if you leave your approach shot short then you could easily find your ball has rolled down the slope into the rough that borders the river. If you make par here then, I think, you should allow yourself a congratulatory pat on the back.

This is only one of many superb holes on the course that I could tell you about and I hope that Builth Wells will be a “must visit” as part of your Heart of Wales golf break.

I look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to this idyllic part of Wales.

Simon


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