Welshpool Golf Club

James Braid genius over staggering terrain on full display.

Welshpool Golf Club

Powys, Wales

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Not originally bunker free, it is now. Welshpool Golf Club is part of our rare Needle in a Haystack Collection.

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Welshpool Golf Club can trace its roots to 1894 when the club played in the Deer Park at Powis Castle. Later, the club would move to Red Bank before coming to the providentially named Golfa (meaning hill in Welsh Gaelic) in 1930.

James Braid laid out the course on the hilltop which uses Snowdonia as a backdrop with John Stutt doing the construction work. Bernard Darwin wrote of the club: "The fact is that it is almost as impossible to describe the course...; it is so unexpected, so unlike anything else, perched on the roof of the world."

The course is just 5710 yards long and surprisingly has only four par 3's. There are two Par 5's which come in the span of five holes on the back nine. However, it's important not to become too consumed with numbers here - whether that be yardage, par or your score. Not all is at it appears and the rule-breaking nature of golf high on the Welsh hills does little to adhere to the modern notion of fair golf!

Golf in the immediate area is cut from a similar cloth... whether that be Church Stretton, Painswick or Kington.

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Featured Architect: James Braid

Very little earth was moved in James Braid 's designs due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of approach. Alternative tees provided to allow play in all...

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Powys, SY21 9AQ, Wales

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Colourised portrait of James Braid.Evalu18

Featured Architect: James Braid

Very little earth was moved in James Braid 's designs due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of approach. Alternative tees provided to allow play in all...

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The Putter Tailor - Made to Measure Putters and Wedges

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