The Unique Course
The uniqueness of the golf course lies in the fact that fifteen of the holes are in Wales whilst the remaining three lie over the border in England. How did this come about? The answer to this conundrum is not as straightforward as one might imagine. Firstly we have to look, briefly, at the history of the club.
Although golf had been played on the hill since the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries it was only in 1933 that Llanymynech Golf Club was founded. Initially the course had only 10 holes. This was extended to 12 holes in 1963. By 1968 there were 15 holes. The target of 18 holes was reached in May 1971 when the present 4th, 5th and 6th holes were opened. It was the addition of these final three holes that led to the conundrum. To understand this we have to go back in time a rather long way, in fact, over three thousand years! All but these final three holes are contained within the boundary of a Bronze Age hillfort which, at approximately 141 acres, makes it amongst the largest in Great Britain. The modern border between Wales and England follows the hillfort boundary, which also includes a section of Offa's Dyke. Since the only way the course could be extended was northwards past the hillfort entrance, this entailed crossing the border into England.
The view from the 4th tee. "Welcome to Wales" on the way to the 7th tee.
In addition to the above, there is another factor which adds to the individuality of this course. The whole of the course is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.). This accolade was awarded, not only for the historical reasons as outlined above, but also for its flora and fauna. At various locations on the hill are to be found, amongst others: wild orchids, rare butterflies and red kites.
One drawback of this situation is that should the course need any work that involves going beneath the surface, permission has to be obtained from Cadw (Welsh Heritage) for fifteen of the holes, or English Heritage for the other three!