The course at Cardiff Golf Club was formerly a farm known as Ty-to-maen, belonging to a Mr Ewan G. Davies and when the land was first leased by the club in 1921, the holes were routed by its first professional, Robert Walker, and a small committee of members.
It would take until 1947 before the club was in a position to purchase the property outright and C.K.Cotton carried out modifications three years later, creating new 2nd and 3rd holes, lengthening the 4th hole and removing the old 15th and 16th holes.
With an overall length of just over 6,000 yards, there are six par threes on the card and two of the eight par fours are charmingly old-fashioned short holes (270 yards for the 7th and 290 yards for the 14th) but beware the other six two-shot holes as they are all in excess of 400 yards from the medal tees!
The modern day Cardiff golf course is located in the leafy suburb of Cyncoed – hemmed in on all sides by housing – but the undulating, lush, tree-lined fairways and meandering stream that crosses a number of holes combine to form a welcoming green oasis on the north side of the capital.
Although i played this after a week of rain, one could still see the beauty and challenge it held. The undulating fairways and greens that match made this course a real good challenge. I managed to nick an 84 which was a good round considering.
Adam in the pro shop was a real gent in accomodating me a round, i managed ot get one nestled in between, i think he called it 'The Sunday School' or something like that, a members roll up, which had 5 pairs of 4 balls in it, so i started off slow as hell, but then a 2 ball came up the 2nd as i was setting off on the 4th so i asked em if i could join which they were more than happy to allow me too..... Which i do have to mention, the members at this club were like none ive met so far on my jaunts, every one i said hello too was like id known em years, asking me questions and engaging in conversation... Was a real pleasure to be there.
Afterwards, Karen in the bar sorted a sunday lunch for me, even though it was fully booked and one had to stick yer name down in advance, she worked her magic and sorted one for me, which was really really good.....
All in all it was an amazing days golf and finished off with some great food.
Cardiff GC is without question, very much worthwhile a trip to go an play if yer in the area. I will defo be down againt o play it in the summer months fer sure.
As local courses go, this is in the top bracket. It is very easy on the eye, with several memorable holes. Its tight, but not incredibly penal, so scores well for playability. The greens are excellent for a woodland layout, and run fast and true all year round.
As a value for money, local level course its close to impossible to beat, and beats many of the resort courses in the region.
This used to be my favourite parkland course in Wales but it would be very easy to argue any from Whitchuch, Radyr , Creigiau, St Mellons, Glamorganshire or Newport. All are worth a visit. However I don’t advise a visit in the winter as it suffers badly in the wet!
Very nice attractive, lush green, tree lined course with obviously hard working and conscientious greenstaff. Obviously being nice Wales it rained but that didn't spoil our day out. Couldn't fault condition of the course. The first is a great starting hole, and the other 17 are just as good.
Avoid the bunker at the front of the 15th green which I ploughed my second into almost up against a very steep face. Should have played out sideways. Should have had a Hamlet !
Back nine felt slightly hillier and tighter. Par fives 10 and 11 felt a long slog and the 13th plays a long par 4 up the slope.
Several of the par 3's very nice looking and I would say the 16th probably the trickiest of the bunch.
This was my 38th Welsh course played and number 415 worldwide.
Enjoyed Cardiff GC. Although not long, with six par 3's, there are a number of long par 4's plus a couple of short par 4's making for a nice variety of holes. Most holes are tree-ligned placing a premium on accuracy and a number of ditches provide additional obstacles. Enjoyed the start with the clubhouse overlooking the first a downhill par 4, followed by a nice par 3 and the 3rd which I thought was arguably the best hole on the course. Thought the front nine was more interesting but back nine more average. Condition of greens was good for time of year, Food and welcome good