Radyr Golf Club

South Glamorgan

  • Par 69
  • 6053 Yds

Located in a tranquil setting on the outskirts of Cardiff and just 4 minutes from J32 of the M4 and the A470, Radyr Golf Club is one of the Top 20 courses in Wales.

The course has been here for well over a hundred years and has been described as ‘one of Colt’s little jewels’.

Set in heathland it boasts superb views over Cardiff and the Bristol Channel and it is one of just three full Harry Colt courses in South Wales – Colt’s most famous works include Royal Portrush and Sunningdale.

The course has one of the most idyllic settings in the country, nestling in acres upon acres of beautiful, rural heathland.

Its gentle undulations provide a track which is a delight to the eye, but which offers the sternest of challenges to golfers of all standards.

At just over 6,000 yards it plays to a tight par of 69 though there are some juicy par 5s to get stuck into and a couple of shorts 4s to get the round going.  

Radyr is historic too – Wales’ first ever professional tournament took place here at the start of the 20th century.

This truly is a year-round course, with the club operating a policy of no tee mats and no temporary greens during winter months resulting in a memorable day 12 months of the year.

The 1st is a gentle introduction, but trees and rough either side of the narrow fairway will punish any off-line tee shots. The view across the City and Severn Estuary from the tee make an immediate impression.

The longest par 3 is just 175 yards, at the 10th, but as it is played uphill into the prevailing wind it is a stiff test.

The 4th signals the start of a run of three par 4s over 410 yards. It plays downhill but into the prevailing wind.

The fairway is narrow for the short drive and fairway bunkers threaten the long drive. The second shot to a generous green has to carry a stream that runs across the fairway.

Then you face the opposite challenge; a classic uphill par 4 with a drive out through a chute to a narrow fairway bounded by OB and bunkers.

The long second has to be accurately judged to be on the right level on the two-tier green that is well guarded by bunkers.

At the 7th, new bunkers across the front of the green have transformed this par 3  and placed a premium on correct club selection. Anything too long results in a tricky recovery or putt down the sloping green.

The longest par 3 is just 175 yards, at the 10th, but as it is played uphill into the prevailing wind it is a stiff test.

You must carry a deep swale with a very steep bank of deep rough. The well-bunkered green again demands control of line and length.

The best short hole is the 12th. It might be relatively short but it has a banana-shaped green and if you miss it on the left you face an intimidating chip down to a very narrow green.

Bail out right and you are in rough with a pitch up a very steep bank often with a difficult stance. A delight to the eye that can be a nightmare to play.

You might pick up a shot on the next though, a par 5 played into the wind. Like the 8th it offers a birdie opportunity but OB close to, and short of, the green tends to force players left.

Two large trees frame the tee shot but stand in the way of the player going for the green if the tee shot is off line.

The 18th plays downhill and downwind and at less than 380 yards looks a birdie chance. But you need to be accurate off the tee and fairway – the green might look flat but it is deceptive.

No matter what your score you can enjoy panoramic views from across Cardiff and the Severn Estuary.


South Glamorgan
CF15 8BS


02920 842 476