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Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. (1904 - 1950s)

Founded in 1904.

Originally a 9- hole course, it was extended to 18-holes prior to WW1, and was situated among the beautiful Breconshire Hills. The course was 4970yds in length and at its highest point, was about 900ft above sea level, a really good challenging course with natural hazards and manufactured bunkers. There were commanding views of the miles of beautiful surrounding countryside. A proud boast of the club in the 1930s, “Experienced golfers who have visited it declare it to be one of the most beautifully situated courses in the UK. The clubhouse which is only about 15 minutes walk from the station is a nice and convenient structure. The climate is bracing and for those in search of a good course and an invigorating atmosphere it would be difficult to find a more suitable place”


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. The early Clubhouse.

Postcard of the early Clubhouse. Authors Collection.


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. Clubhouse in the 1990s.

The Clubhouse. Picture taken by the author in the 1990s.


Peter Rainford, born in 1878, was the professional at Llangamarch Wells from 1910 to 1914. He was a very successful tournament player and won many challenge matches and competitions, amongst them the Welsh Professional Championship in 1911. This was the first time Rainford had won the Welsh Professional Championship, although he had been runner up on no less than three occasions. He had also held the professional record for quite a number of Welsh courses including Ashburnham, Swansea Bay, Llangamarch and Llanwrtyd. A native of West Kirkby, his connections with Wales went back to at least 1902 when he was engaged as professional at Pontnewydd; after this he went to Caernarvon, subsequently transferring his allegiance to Llangamarch.


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. Peter Rainford the Llangamarch Wells professional.

Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News Saturday 10th October 1908. Image © Illustrated London News Group.


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. Early picture of golfers.

Golfers on the Llangamarch course in the early years.


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. The course in the 1990s.

Picture taken by the author in the 1990s from a similar position to the image above.







R Lewis (p)


H R Fry, Builth, Brecon..

P Rainford (p) (1910/14)



S Davies (p)


Frank Lironi.

Isaac Williams (g)

Course Records -

1906 F Long Price (a) 92  R Lewis (p) 71.

1923 S Davies (p) 69.

1940-57 Major Donaldson (a) 67 I Williams (p) 65.

In 1906 the visitors’ fees were 1/- a day.

In 1913/4 the entry fee was £1/1/0. Subs for gents were £2/2/0 and ladies £1/1/0. Visitors’ fees were 2/6d a day and 10/6d a week. Sunday play was allowed without caddies.


Llangamarch Wells Golf Club, Powys. Course location (1950s).

Location of the course in the 1950s.


From 1940 to its disappearance in about 1957 the 18-hole course had a SSS of 67 and Par 68.