Powys Golf Courses

Situated in a beautiful corner of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales, Bala Golf Club has a 10-hole course laid out on a plateau nearly 1,000 feet above sea level with commanding views of picturesque countryside.
Address: Bala Golf Club, Penlan, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7YD. Telephone: 01678 520359. E-mail: [email protected]

Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park in mid Wales and originally designed by James Braid with a yardage of 6,122 and par of 70. Providing a challenging but fair test of golf for all levels from beginner to accomplished golfer, it is regarded by many as one of Wales’s finest nine-hole courses.
Address: Newton Park, Llanfaes, Brecon LD3 8PA. Telephone: 01874 622004. E-mail: [email protected]

Founded in 1923 originally as a nine-hole course and remained this way until 1986 when it became 18 holes. The course is set in the quiet, picturesque mid Wales countryside and was the final resting place for the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and his 3,000-strong army in 1282. 
Address: Builth Wells Golf Club, Builth Wells LD2 3NF. Telephone: 01982 553296. Email: [email protected]

Great overhead views of a beautiful tree-lined course Credit: Jonny Mills

Situated alongside the spectacularly beautiful scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Cradoc Golf Club is just two miles outside the handsome old market town of Brecon. Founded in 1967, this is a challenging 18-hole parkland course, 6,188 yards long off the back tees with a par 71 and is home to the prestigious Coors Welsh Tournament of Champions. Noted for its natural surroundings, abundance of wildlife, and mature tree-lined fairways – plus occasional water hazards.
Address: Cradoc Golf Club, Penoyre Park, Cradoc, Brecon LD3 9LP. Telephone: 01874 623658. E-mail: [email protected]

Offering one of the best rounds of golf in central Wales, Knighton boasts everything that a great course should; wonderful views from nearly every hole, a challenge that differs from hole to hole and enough character to keep you interested even if you aren’t playing your best.
Address: Ffrydd Wood, Knighton, Powys LD7 1DL. Telephone: 01547 520297. E-mail: [email protected]

Designed by six-time Open champion Harry Vardon, and five-time Open champion James Braid, nationally-renowned Llandrindod Wells Golf Club is one of Wales’s most loved courses. It provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of the country. The undulating fairways and fast, true greens are all that would be expected of a championship quality course. Combine this with the stunning views and you have the perfect golfing location.
Address: Llandrindod Wells Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5NY. Telephone: 01597 822247. E-mail: [email protected]

The course’s claim to fame is that Offa’s Dyke runs through it and you can play one round of golf in two separate countries. On the 4th hole you tee off in Wales and putt out in England. The 5th and 6th hole remain in England before you are cordially welcomed back into Wales on the 7th tee! Ian Woosnam, 2006 Ryder Cup captain, learned to play golf at Llanymynech at the age of nine. His family have been associated with the club for many years with both his mother and father being past captains of the club.
Address: Llanymynech Golf Club, Pant, nr Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 8LB. Telephone: 01691 830983. E-mail: [email protected]

A much-loved nine-hole heathland course situated on the outskirts of Machynlleth, an historic market town in Powys, mid Wales. Golf at Machynlleth means golf in idyllic surroundings, with easy walking and an uncrowded course. Surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery, there are splendid views from every part of the course. The course is at its best in spring and early summer, with colour from the gorse and rhododendrons and the occasional red kite circling overhead.
Address: Newtown Road, Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales SY20 8UH. Telephone: 01654 702000. E-mail: [email protected]

High above the Wye Valley in beautiful unspoilt countryside you will find Rhosgoch Golf and Leisure Club. A peaceful golfing oasis surrounded by outstanding views of the Radnorshire Hills, overlooking Rhosgoch Bog, a sight of Special Scientific Interest, one of the few ‘quacking bogs’ remaining in Europe, supporting rare and endangered wildlife and flora. curlews and red kites will often accompany you on your round. The club was originally opened in 1984 as a proprietor-owned club and became a community members club in 1998.
Address: Rhosgoch Golf & Leisure, Rhosgoch, Painscastle, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3JY. Telephone: 01497 851251. E-mail: [email protected]

A charming nine-hole course situated alongside the River Severn in the heart of Wales. The 6,012-yard course is a challenging par 70 parkland style course conveniently situated between the A483 road and the River Severn on the outskirts of the mid Wales market town of Newtown.
Address: St Giles Golf Club, Pool Road, Newtown, Powys SY16 3AJ. Telephone: 01686 625844. E-mail: [email protected]

St Idloes Golf Club was founded 1897 on its present site, which was then the local racecourse and cricket practice ground. At one point in the club’s history it temporarily moved nearer to the town, but returned to Penrallt in 1947. The course is nine holes in beautiful undulating parkland and the total length for 18 holes is 5,510 yards, par 66. Although relatively short by modern standards, the nine holes are full of variety, the slopes and hidden greens require accuracy and course management to achieve a good score; although there are some very good driving holes, long hitters find little advantage over their weaker brethren. There are no water hazards, but the gorse and heather trap the unwary.
Address: St Idloes Golf Club, Penrhallt, Llanidloes SY18 6LG. Telephone: 01686 412559. E-mail: [email protected]

First established in 1894 in Deer Park, Powis Castle, Welshpool Golf Club relocated to Red Bank on the outskirts of the town before finally moving to its current location on the Golfa Hill in 1930. This James Braid-designed course is situated just across the border from England into mid Wales on the A458, three miles outside of Welshpool. The 18 holes that make up this magnificent course, once played won’t be forgotten in a hurry. The views are simply spectacular, a panoramic vista of miles of Welsh hillside and farmland with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop. Golf writer Bernard Darwin sums up Welshpool Golf Club: “The fact is that it is almost as impossible to describe the course as to describe the view; it is so unexpected, so unlike anything else, perched on the roof of the world. It is a beautiful place and I realised how incomplete had been my golfing education until I had seen it“.
Address: Welshpool Golf Club, Y Golfa, Welshpool, Powys SY21 9AQ. Telephone: 01938 850249. E-mail: [email protected]