In 1901, Lisvane Golf Club folded when some of the members broke away to form a new club at Radyr and their new course designed by Willie Fernie, opened for play on 29th November 1902. In 1904, the club hosted – in the same week – the inaugural Welsh Professional Championship and an exhibition match with the Great Triumvirate of Vardon, Braid and Taylor.
Radyr Golf Club is situated outside the village of Radyr – which sits almost 300 feet above sea level on the side of Llan-Duffred hill, overlooking the city of Cardiff – and, as you can imagine from such an elevated position to the north of the capital, the views south across the Bristol Channel can be very distracting on a clear day.
The esteemed golf architect Harry Colt redesigned the 18 parkland/heathland holes in 1912 and his work over the gently undulating terrain has stood the test of time for over 100 years. Colt gave further advice on course improvements in 1921 and a number of C.K. Cotton modifications were carried out just after World War II.
At just over 6,000 yards long with a par of 69 and Standard Scratch Score of 70, expect a stern test of golf when playing the course at Radyr. From the gentle short par four opener (with a tee shot played to a narrow fairway flanked by trees) to the home hole (that plays downhill and usually downwind to a tricky green close to the start point), you will be hard pressed to do anything other than enjoy the golfing experience at this charming location.
Visited Radyr in August 2016. General impression was that course presentation was below average and slightly tatty, although in fairness it was a very wet day; also the 'magnificent views' referred to on the website were blocked out by the weather. Thought the par 3's were probably the most interesting holes (12th was an interesting green and 14th was pretty over a pretty pond), but thought the par 5's were weak. Ditches across the front of some of the greens were certainly a feature and there were some difficult par 4's which I guess would generally make scoring difficult.