Glamorganshire Golf Club Golf Course Penarth South Wales
The Glamorganshire Golf Club was the second course to open in Wales in 1890, when the Earl of Plymouth granted land to its founding members.
History was made again when a player devised his own scoring system in 1898; the ‘Stableford Scoring System’ invented on the Glamorganshire green, went on to be adopted all over the world.
This sense of heritage permeates the tranquillity of the clubs’ landscape.; and overlooking the sea, it could be seen as where the rolling vale countryside really begins. The club’s managing secretary, Brian Williams describes the great activity going on within the club’s peaceful atmosphere:
“Visitors come from all over Europe, The US and Japan. The Ryder cup having boosted much interest in the Welsh scene. Entrants for ‘Open Day’ golf competition draw entrants from all over the UK, and around 280 members gather on the green to compete on a typical ‘Captain’s Day’.”
The ‘Baffie’ (the name of which stems from a pre-20th century type of wooden club) is a major competition, held this year on 23rd September.
The Summer Ball is another great occasion. “We have a lot of social events throughout the year, showcasing live bands and holding dinners.” The club also manage to accommodate a regular golfing days for local charities to generate funds.
The club received a Junior Golf Accreditation in 2011 and is hosting the 2012 Welsh schools Championship and the Welsh Boys Competition in 2013. In addition to nurturing youth-level golf, the 2014 Welsh Open Seniors is also being held here.
“Golf is a sport you can play all your life,” says Williams, citing team ethic and friendship as chief elements, which is possibly why so many retired sportsmen play at the Glamorganshire.
The club is open every day of the week, with Thursday and Friday reserved as ‘society days’ for visiting groups of up to 12. At present vacancies in all categories (men’s, women’s, junior’s etc) are available with discounts for all members, and extra-low rates for juniors, on a sliding scale up to the not-so-junior age of 29!
“Tuition is available from the professional player attached to the club and his assistants. They are based at the on-site shop where all major brands of equipment can be hired, and there is a special service centre for PowerKaddy golf trollies.”
The club’s comprehensive website (www.glamorganshiregolf.co.uk) has excellent features for golf-players, and an interactive calendar displaying available tee-time and the many events taking place.
There is an excellent in-house restaurant for members and guests. The club house has disabled access and mesmerising views across the course towards Downs Wood. All visitors to the Glamorganshire Golf Club can be sure of a warm Welsh welcome!
The Glamorganshire Golf Club, Lavernock Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5UP
Telephone: 029 2070 1185