The 8 Best Golf Courses in the Brecon Beacons

Published: 2024-07-01
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Discover the Best Golf Courses in the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons, with its mountains and moorlands, have long attracted outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. This region, with its stunning landscapes and a variety of accommodation options, is perfect for short or long visits. Amidst its natural beauty, the area is home to numerous golf courses, either within the park or a short drive away.

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Cradoc Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £30 Mon-Thu, £35 Fri, £40 weekend
  • Par: 71
  • Yardage: 6,188 yards
  • Contact: Cradoc Golf Club

Opened in 1967, Cradoc Golf Club is a picturesque parkland course that offers a delightful golfing experience. Its gently sloping, tree-lined holes meander along a hillside, encircling Penoyre, a beautiful Georgian mansion now converted into apartments. The course begins with a series of gentle holes before challenging you with a stellar par 4 at the sixth. As you progress, the tenth hole takes you to the highest point of the course, offering spectacular views. The 12th is a photogenic short hole, and the final four holes are both challenging and fun.

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Morlais Castle Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £25 Mon-Fri, £30 weekend
  • Par: 71
  • Yardage: 6,323 yards

Morlais Castle Golf Club, founded in 1900, boasts a fabulous hilltop setting just outside Merthyr Tydfil. The original nine holes, located on the western side of the hill around an old quarry, are steeped in history, with the 13th-century castle visible from the third hole. The course was expanded almost 30 years ago, creating a par-71 layout that stretches over 6,500 yards from the back tees, offering golfers stunning views throughout their round.

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Llandrindod Wells Golf Club

  • Green Fees: Round: £35 weekday, £40 weekend; Day: £40 weekday, £45 weekend
  • Par: 69
  • Yardage: 5,762 yards

Founded in 1905, Llandrindod Wells Golf Club features a course designed by Harry Vardon, with modifications by James Braid in the 1930s. The course, set on an elevated site, offers thrilling elevated drives and spectacular views. Notably, it lacks sand bunkers but features blind shots and an abundance of old-fashioned charm. This course is perfect for those seeking a peaceful round in unspoiled countryside with breathtaking scenery.

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Builth Wells Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £32 Mon-Fri, £35 weekend
  • Par: 66
  • Yardage: 5,420 yards

Builth Wells Golf Club, originally a 9-holer when it opened in 1923, was expanded in 1986. The original holes are traditional, running through mature parkland, while the newer holes offer a contrasting and sometimes eccentric experience. Despite its shorter yardage and absence of par fives, this charming and varied course provides a delightful round in a beautiful setting.

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Mountain Ash Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £25 all week
  • Par: 69
  • Yardage: 5,553 yards

Mountain Ash Golf Club is a delightful, hilly, old-fashioned course offering sensational views. It features blind shots, occasional hole crossings, and tough par 4s at the 8th and 12th. The course includes driveable par 4s, a variety of short holes, and small, challenging greens. The descent back to the clubhouse on the par-5 closing hole is particularly memorable, offering great fun and excellent value.

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Pontardawe Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £25 all week (after 3pm at the weekend)
  • Par: 70
  • Yardage: 5,789 yards

Pontardawe Golf Club, established almost a century ago, was expanded to 18 holes in 1968. This tree-lined course is highly rated by those in the know. It features numerous risk-and-reward opportunities, with positional play being key. Many green approaches require shots over tall trees, adding to the challenge and excitement.

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Brecon Golf Club

  • Green Fees: 9 Holes £10 Mon-Sat; 18 Holes £15 Mon-Fri, £20 Sat
  • Par: 70
  • Yardage: 5,974 yards

Brecon Golf Club, designed by James Braid in 1902, is a charming 9-hole course located between the town and the River Usk. The opening holes offer scoring opportunities, with two par 3s, two drive-and-pitch par 4s, and a single long hole. The last four holes are more challenging, with the 7th and 8th skirting the river, adding an element of risk.

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Glynneath Golf Club

  • Green Fees: £15 Mon-Fri, £25 weekend
  • Par: 70
  • Yardage: 5,974 yards

Glynneath Golf Club, nestled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, offers a tranquil setting. The course, now 90 years old, has been continuously improved. It features noticeable climbs that reward golfers with stunning views. The 11th and 14th holes are extreme doglegs requiring precision, and the par-3 15th is both daunting and beautiful.

The Brecon Beacons region, while not featuring any Top 100 courses, offers a plethora of delightful, scenic, and well-priced golf courses. For golfers who prioritise views and setting, the area is an excellent choice for a golfing getaway.

Where to stay to play Golf in the Brecon Beacons

While your first thought might be to book a stay at a golf-specific location, consider an alternative option. Staying at a single golf course limits your experience, but by choosing Lake Country House in Mid-Wales, you can play at a different course every day. Conveniently located, Lake Country House provides easy access to the top golf courses in Mid-Wales.

In addition to its prime location, Lake Country House offers luxurious amenities, including an award-winning restaurant, an AA-recommended spa, beautiful grounds, and friendly, welcoming staff.

Elevate your next golf trip and enjoy a luxurious stay at Lake Country House in Mid-Wales.