Hensol Park, Hensol,
nr Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
18-hole par-73 Wales National Course (7413 yards)
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.
The Vale Resort (Lake course): the shorter of the two layouts at The Vale Resort, the Lake course, as its name implies, contains its fair share of water hazards - they feature on over half the holes. Most watery of all is the island green at the short par-4 12th, which needs a well-judged tee-shot to escape with par or better.
This very pleasant parkland environment is almost garden like in places, with shrubberies adorning the fairly compact and well maintained layout. The views over the wooded Glamorgan countryside are best on the front-nine, where several holes are arranged on one side of the vale, providing occasional glimpses of 17th century Hensol Castle.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course.
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.
Hensol Park, Hensol, nr. Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
+44 (0)1443 667 800Visit website
In 2006 the Vale Resort was named by The World Travel Awards as Wales' largest and best spa.
Lake Course, Wales National Course
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Coychurch, Bridgend, Glamorganshire CF35 6AF
+44 (0)1656 860 621Visit website
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".
Royal Porthcawl; Pyle & Kenfig; Vale Hotel (The Lake course and Wales National)
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