Machynlleth Golf Club dates back to 1904 and its course is currently the only 9-hole layout that we feature in Wales. Absolutely nothing has changed here in over a hundred years so you’ll find wide, open fairways and lie of the land greens set out across undulating moorland terrain when you visit here.
Don’t bother to bring your sand wedge either as there’s not a single bunker to be found anywhere on this old course. If you think the absence of sand hazards is rather unusual then consider also the fact that sheep are allowed to roam freely across the fairways, complementing the totally rustic feel at Machynlleth.
There’s only one par five on the card, at the 477-yard 2nd and three par threes, two of which are played back-to-back at the 3rd and 4th holes. With a stream on the left, a small hill on the right and a fairway that slopes markedly from right to left, the 348-yard 7th is the regarded as the toughest hole on the card. It’s followed by the signature hole, the 193-yard 8th, where the tee shot is played from an elevated position to a green sitting at the foot of a hill, behind a pretty little brook.
Machynlleth is an attractive moorland course routed across gentle foothills and lying in the shadows of some rather large hills. Maybe not one to travel long distances for as the conditioning isn't great but if you're passing by en route to the more famous coastal courses then it's well worth an hour or two of your time and £10 in the honesty box. After a fairly gentle start, we come to the difficult 3rd which at 234 yards playing semi-blind is certainly not your average par-3. Another short hole immediately follows, this one being a more interesting proposition as it plays steadily uphill to a small green cut into the slopes. The 5th and 7th are both solid par-4's. The 5th requires a long downhill drive over rough ground to an angled fairway which still leaves a demanding uphill approach. The 7th offers width from the tee but only a well-positioned drive will provide a clear view of the green as the approach is narrowed by trees to the left and a fern-clad hill to the right. The 8th is probably the best of the par-3's. Played from the hilltop, the trouble all lies short of the green which has a troublesome ditch running across it. Nothing too serious at Machynlleth but most will find it good fun. Brian W