The founding members of Carmarthen Golf Club – established in 1907 – led something of a nomadic existence, playing on no fewer than five different sites over twenty years before they finally settled down in 1928 on top of Foel Hill, at Rhydymarchog, north of Carmarthen town.
Five times Open champion, John Henry Taylor, designed the 18-hole layout and it is said that, in order to clear the new layout (and presumably to help keep costs down), the club captain dragooned a number of members into lining up across the fairways to collect loose stones in buckets – and, apparently, this exercise took only two days to complete!
The modern day Carmarthen course measures 6,243 yards for a par of 71 and its tree-lined fairways fan out over the rolling parkland, with Taylor’s design making the most of a relatively small acreage of land. One of the best holes on the card is “Oak,” the 390-yard, left doglegged, par four 17th where the approach shot must find the flag on the correct level of a two tiered green that has a bunker front right for added protection.
May 25, 2013