Llanymynech - Shropshire - England

Llanymynech Golf Club,
Pant,
Near Oswestry,
Shropshire,
SY10 8LB,
England


  • +44 (0) 1691 830983

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles S of Oswestry, off the A483

  • Welcome but contact in advance

  • Howard Jones

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  • Andy Griffiths


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Llanymynech Golf Club has a very Welsh name (meaning “Church of the Monks”), its club emblem contains a daffodil and dragon (along with a rose and a lion) and fifteen holes on the course lie within Wales, but Llanymynech is an English golf club, registered with the English Golf Union.

The connection with Wales doesn’t end there either, as the club is very proud to have it known that Ian Woosnam and his parents have been associated with Llanymynech for many years.

Offa’s Dyke, which runs through the course - and cuts off the Shropshire holes at 4, 5 and 6 – may have been built to keep people from the Kingdom of Powys in Wales out of the Anglian Kingdom of Mercia in the 8th century, but these days, Welsh golfers are more than welcome to sample the delights of the Llanymynech course.

Formed in 1933, the club has expanded the course over time from an original 9-hole layout to its present 18-hole configuration. Measuring just over 6,000 yards with a par of 70, Llanymynech is laid out on hilly terrain half an hour’s drive west of Shrewsbury and its location affords fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Fairways are tight in many places (framed by thorn, ash, birch and oak trees) so even though elevated tee positions invite a full-blooded shot, you are advised to keep the driver in the bag and aim to keep the ball in play – accuracy, not power, is what it takes to score well at Llanymynech.

Llanymynech Golf Club was originally nominated as a Gem by Bob Hardy and was added to the Top 100 website on the 11th March 2005 - Bob Hardy's original comments follow:Llanymynech sunset - photo by Bob Hardy

As you approach Llanymynech Golf Club you enter another world and your breath is invariably taken away by the panorama laid out in front of you. From this hilltop position you can see the Shropshire Plain with its quilted patchwork of fields and trees stretching out for over 40 miles from beneath your feet. Slightly to the right is Breidden Hill with Rodneys Pillar perched on the top keeping a watchful eye on the Severn at it rolls by below. This was so obviously a wonderful defensive position for Caradoc, the Welsh warrior, as he fought against the advancing Roman army. Almost like Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Lost World”, this prehistoric limestone plateau sits above the now fertile arable lands where once sat a glacial lake.

Llanymynech is unique amongst golf clubs for so many reasons – not just its location straddling the border between England and Wales, its beauty and its historical significance but also its connections with Ian Woosnam who learnt his golf here and was featured so prominently in his biography. Golf has been played on the hill for 100 years and the members are very proud of it. They have toiled for generations to make it into the top club in the locality with continual improvements to the course and clubhouse. They share this place with nature and have ensured it remains a haven for wild birds and animals and when you see the rare cowslips and orchids in spring you can understand why it is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

As you go around the course you will notice the diversity of the layout with the first hole going out to the very edge of the precipice and then coming back through the tree-lined parkland style section as it enters England for three holes. It is hard to imagine a calmer or more peaceful spot than down on the 4th fairway, only interrupted by a circling Buzzard or a diving Peregrine. However, soon you come out of the park and back into Wales on the 7th tee, where a massive natural amphitheatre welcomes you to fire your ball down to the fairway below. As it continues, it just keeps getting better.

To play only the first nine holes would be to miss what makes Llanymynech so special. You will start to appreciate this when you fire over the hill on the 11th. To your left is a spectacular elevated view up the Severn Valley towards Welshpool. Sometimes you can actually see aeroplanes flying beneath you at this point! Then the 12th – so much has been said about this place and one can only think you are as near to heaven, as is possible, when you survey the vista in every direction. Here you can see the snow capped Berwyns and look up the Tanat valley over Llanyblodwel church spire and watch the cows grazing in the fields below. Then the 13th with its view up the Vyrnwy valley towards Meifod! It is just sensational. A lower terrace accommodates the 14th and 15th holes before you climb back into the spectacular finishing three holes.

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Description: With fifteen holes in Wales and three in England, Llanymynech Golf Club is totally unique. On the 4th hole, you tee off in England and putt out in Wales. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 8

Bit of a treck to Llanymynech but it was worth it, providing golf in England and Wales, high up in the hills with a number of interesting and quirky holes. Similar in some respects to Kington and Church Stretton, except with many more trees lining some of the fairways. The front nine seemed slightly tighter with a couple of good par 5's, the dog-leg 2nd and uphill 9th. The 4th hole was a very odd short downhill dog-leg par 4 requiring only an iron off the tee, but the par 4's at 5, 7 and 8 were really good and interesting holes. The back nine seemed more open on top of the hills with more views and more susceptible to the wind, with holes 12, 13 and 18 the pick of the holes. On the day there were six par 3's (the 15th seems to alternate between a par and par 4) and in my opinion these were the least inspiring aspect of the course, too many being uphill to blind pins. The real star of the show was the greens; slick and of even pace they were the best I have played on for a while

4 / 6
Llanymynech
July 23, 2017


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Seriously good course with fantastic views. Course in good nick after difficult early season green problems. Greens now putting really well.Plays very difficult in the wind with some tight driving holes but is not overly long so you can score well with accurate play. Very friendly club with very helpful Secretary and Pro shop.
5 / 6
Llanymynech
August 14, 2013


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Superb course with great views, quality greens and a very challenging layout. Normally in excellent condition and very well maintained. Club house needs some attention but the welcome from staff and members is second to none.
5 / 6
Llanymynech
February 06, 2010


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Without doubt one of the finest courses I have ever played. If you like fairly flat, pretty, manicured courses then this one isn't for you. This course is a real test of golf from start to finish and is probably one of the most punishing courses you will ever play. Local knowledge does play a massive part in scoring well on this course and I can see why alot of golfers could get frustrated there. Due to the undulations on the course even what you think should be good shots can suddenly be punished. The winds can be incredibly strong which only adds to the challenge of the course. If you score well you will not find a more satisfying course to play. If you don't score well it is easy to blame the course. As said before the views from the course are exceptional and only add to the special feeling that the course offers. I would highly recommend this course.
6 / 6
Llanymynech
September 26, 2008


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A fine hilltop course straddling the Shropshire / Wales border with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The welcome is warm and the golf challenging at this well maintained members’ club. The fairways have a lovely tight turf to strike from and the greens roll fast and true. There are some memorable holes and “The Hill” is certainly not a course for the faint hearted. Local knowledge and experience are needed to try to master some holes but the effort will be rewarded in equal measure by much enjoyment and pleasure. A good test of golf, particularly when the wind blows, however what sets this course apart are the stunning views and a glorious feeling of peacefulness. Worth the green fee alone to just stand on the 12th tee…simply one of the most awesome views in golf! Oswestry Golf Club, just 5 miles down the road, is also worth a visit.
4 / 6
Llanymynech
August 13, 2008


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Regarding all the 'accomplishments' does the fact that a course just down the road from you also names Woosie as a member and has had another Ryder Cup captain as a member make it a better course?As a previous County player myself, I can assure you I am no Basher. Whilst I appreciate that as a member of the course, you enjoy your golf up there and all power to you for that, I am simply stating that in my experience of golfing around, not only England Wales and Scotland, but also numerous times in Ireland, in my humble opinion Llanymynech lacks a certain something that would entice me back.I wish the club every success and hope your greenkeeper keeps improving the course.Who knows next time I am home I may pop in and have my mind changed.
3 / 6
Llanymynech
March 23, 2005


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I don't know who you are or what your agenda is but you obviously haven't played the course since the new greens have bedded in and settled.I would agree that 5 years ago we wondered if we would ever recover from the vandals but now the greens are back to their absolute best. We get groups coming back year after year - more than any club around for miles. Our comments book is now full of compliments again. The greenstaff have now caught up with all the little jobs that got sidelined during the rebuilding. As for holes not being well thought out - it is certainly not a bashers course - you only need your driver three times on the front nine. The fairways are narrow and inaccurate players will get hammered. If you want wide open, up and down flat fields where errant drives are still rewarded with a shot to the green thats fine- stay away! Every hole at Llanymynech is different and has its own challenges. Like you say, it is spectacular and I think if you came back and saw the condition of the course - you would be very much alone in classing this course POOR!
5 / 6
Llanymynech
March 22, 2005


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Ridiculous.This course has spectacular views and very little else.Having played the course over a number of years, I am constantly disappointed with the condition of the place. This aside I feel the holes are poorly laid out and offer little to inspire the golfer. I do not disagree that this place has wonderful scenery but there is so much more to good golf than good scenery.
2 / 6
Llanymynech
March 21, 2005


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Roy Mack
September 28, 2013
What a ridiculous statment "the holes are poorly laid out". The lay-out is totally dependent on the fact that the course is carved into a mountain! Every hole is different and each presents a different challenge.Incidentally, "Woosie" has never been a member of any other local course although he may have occasionally plyed elsewhere.