The Vale Resort (Wales National course)

3+ (3 gold): one of our top-rated 3-star courses, worthy of 3½ stars.
   The Vale Resort (Wales National course) Est. 2003

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The Vale Resort (Wales National course): If Vale's Lake Course is short and compact, then the Wales National can only be described as long and expansive. At 7,400 yards from the tips it will give your woods and long-irons a thorough workout and your legs a good stretch. The views over the Glamorgan countryside beyond the course are stunning, while the on-course visual delights include several water features, shrub and flower beds, well crafted earth mounding, substantial bunkering and fast heavily-contoured greens. Some holes are open and linksy, others follow a more tree-lined routing, not least the dauntingly tight par-5 2nd. There are also some ancient celtic stones spread around some of the greens, which provide an excellent viewing amphitheatre for spectators. Some may refer to this layout as an expansive feast of Welsh golf (we'd agree with them) others may view it as a bit of a monster (or Welsh dragon perhaps ?). But what is abundantly clear is that the Vale Resort's Wales National course provides terrific value and a most challenging round - whatever your handicap.

At this Stay & Play venue, the on-site accommodation is located close to the golf facilities.

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The Vale Resort
Hensol Park, Hensol,
nr Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
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Office   +44 (0)1443 667 800
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1443 665 899

  +44 (0)1443 667 801

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb and some longish green-to-tee walks, but not an onerously hilly or tiring course.
Surroundings: Rural countryside and woodland.
Designer: Peter Johnson
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7413 6530 5846
Par 73 73 74
SSS or Slope 75 71 74
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Lake Course (6438 yards)
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How2Get There?

10 miles W of Cardiff
Leave M4 just west of Cardiff at exit 34 (A4119 Rhondda) and follow direction Pendoylan. After 50 yards from motorway roundabout turn right, direction Vale Hotel. After 500 yards turn right direction Vale Hotel. After 200 yards turn left and then after 300 yards turn right into the Vale Hotel.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season: £70. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The Vale Hotel and its golf courses are part of the Hensol Castle estate. There are substantial development plans for the 17th century castle, which would then be included in the current attractions of this excellent Stay'n'Play location.

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Latitude: (51.495278)
Longitude: (-3.376633)
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The Vale Resort 4-star
Hensol Park, Hensol, nr. Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
+44 (0)1443 667 800

In 2006 the Vale Resort was named by The World Travel Awards as Wales' largest and best spa.

Golf at this hotel Lake Course, Wales National Course
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Golf within 5 miles No
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Porthcawl; Southerndown; Pyle & Kenfig
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Coed-y-Mwstwr 3-star
Coychurch, Bridgend, Glamorganshire CF35 6AF
+44 (0)1656 860 621

Perched on a Welsh hillside and surrounded by woodland, this Victorian mansion provides a cosy and secluded hideaway overlooking the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan. The name Coed-y-Mwstwr translates as "Whispering Trees".

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 20 miles Royal Porthcawl; Pyle & Kenfig; Vale Hotel (The Lake course and Wales National)
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