It was in 1967 that Brecon Golf Club captain, Leslie Watkins and vice-captain John Morrell, organized the purchase of Penoyre Park (along with its magnificent Bath stone Georgian mansion) to accommodate a new 18-hole golf course and clubhouse.
Unfortunately, the Penoyre Golf and Country Club, as it was called, ran into serious financial difficulties in the mid 1970s, resulting in the loss of the mansion but, thanks to a massive fund raising effort, the course was saved and a new clubhouse constructed.
Situated on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and famed for its stunning scenery, the course at Cradoc Golf Club can best be described, in the words of one golf commentator, as “an arboretum set down in scenery that can only be described as drop-dead gorgeous”.One of the best holes on the estate is “Rorke’s Drift,” the par four 6th, which extends to 451 yards from the back tees and is rated stroke index 1 on the scorecard. The hole is played towards Penoyre House – now sub-divided into modern apartments – and the fairway slopes left to right, with out of bounds all the way down the left and behind the hole.
June 14, 2009