This club is famous for... being in two countries at onceSeptember 21, 2015
Bring your passport if you want to play a round at Llanymynech
There’s a sense of a split personality at this week’s course.
It’s a course with a duel citizenship, and one that would have some tough choices to make if war ever broke out between England and Wales.
Llanymynech lays claim to being Europe’s only dual country golf course. The layout is primarily in Wales, but a tee shot on the fourth finishes on a green that is England, where players remain for the next two holes, until you return to Wales on the 7th tee.
The club overlooks the village which shares its name, but the club is listed in the address book as being in the village of Pant.
No prizes for guessing why they chose one name and not the other – after all, who wants to say their course is Pant’s?
Although they could say Henrik Stenson ’played’ in Pants
Llanymynech means Church of the Monks and it’s got a long history.
In AD 50, the course was a battle ground for Caractacus in his quest to rid the country of the Romans.
Presumably he did so with the use of a flying car while singing a cheery ditty, before retiring back to his windmill.
Veni, Vidi, Van Dyke
From Dick van Dyke we take a trip back in time to Offa’s Dyke (presumably no relation).
Here in England. We’ve always been a bit nervous about those wild Welshmen in the west, and so during the 8th century the King of Mercia, named Offa, ordered the construction of a ditch and bank between Wales and his kingdom, to keep the pesky Welsh out.
Whether he would have made allowances for players at Llanymynech will never be known, but the Dyke crosses through the course as it makes its way from the River Dee in the north, to the River Wye in the south.
Wye? Because I’m fabulous
It worked for a while, but they broke through eventually – a good thing as it allows us English to lay claim to Jamie Donaldson (born in Pontypridd, escaped to Macclesfield).
Llanymynech is home to more than 400 members, including Ian Woosnam, who learned play golf there aged just nine.
It’s perched on top of a prominent hill and surrounded by sheer cliff faces, which make it a mountain-style course.
Romans, battles, kings, and mountains? Now that’s one way to get kids interested in golf…