Hensol Park, Hensol,
nr Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF72 8JY
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.
Rural countryside and woodland.
18-hole par-72 Lake Course (6438 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 (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.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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.
Wales' 28th best course (Golf World, 2023).
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
Royal Porthcawl; Southerndown; Pyle & Kenfig
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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