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.
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