The small town of Rhuddlan, dominated by the Castle that King Edward I built in 1277, lies on the banks of the River Clwyd in North Wales and is a charming little place to visit – just like the nearby 18-hole golf course of the same name.
Rhuddlan Golf Club’s pleasant parkland layout measures almost 6,500 yards (with a par of 70) and its routing is the work of esteemed architect Fred Hawtree, who designed the course back in 1930.
A nicely balanced track, with one par five and two par threes on the front and back nine, good scoring often depends on how well two sets of par fours are played between holes 5 and 8 then 10 to 14.
Routed over gently undulating terrain, the course at Rhuddlan is fortunate to enjoy a sheltered climate thanks to screening by the Clwydian Range and its conditioning is such that it has often been chosen to host county and national championship matches.
8 of us played at Rhuddlan last Thursday 5 th May. Whilst nice enough, the course was fairly plain with plenty of parallel holes early on. In common with many inland courses after the endless wet winter the course generally needs some attention to the over long fairways and greens. However the middle holes were interesting enough to justify a visit if you have played the other locally ranked courses.