HISTORY OF BRECON GOLF CLUB
Welcome - History Of The Club
Those interested in establishing golf in Brecon first met at the Castle Hotel on 29th September 1902. There they considered a number of possible sites for a course, and decided on the land to the west of Newton Farm.
The cost of laying out the course was £7.16.6d, which represented a labourer’s wages for 12 weeks, and involved cutting and rolling 9 greens and tees. There was a condition in the farmer’s joint lease that fairways had to be kept cut close enough for golf to be played, however the farmer’s interpretation of this was very different to that of the golfers.
The length of the original course was just over 5000 yards, and par for the course was 78. This may seem generous now, but with hickory shafts on a muck strewn hoof marked course it must have presented a challenge.
The original course was improved in a few areas in 1909.
THE ASSOCIATION OF JAMES BRAID COURSES
Formed in 2009 by one of Henley Golf Club's Past Captains and Past President, the Association now has over 300 member clubs of the some 411 courses James Braid either designed originally or altered (of the 411, 39 are defunct and 6 were plans only).
The courses are to be found in Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland with one in New York. Brecon Golf Club members and members of all the clubs in the Association can enjoy preferential green fees at these courses, by booking in advance.
The list is updated each year with new member clubs.
Courses either have to have been designed by Braid or redesigned or altered by him to be eligible to join. In the course of his life he was involved in designing over 350 courses as well as being the Professional at Romford for eight years and from 1904 till his death in 1950 at Walton Heath. In addition he won the Open five times, plus numerous other competitions, formed the PGA with Taylor and Vardon and is credited with inventing the 'dogleg' hole.
Tee reservations must be made in advance (at least 24 hours), stating you are booking under the ‘Association of James Braid Courses’ scheme.
You will be required to provide proof of home club to Professional on your arrival – either handicap certificate or bar card.
Bookings will only be accepted based on Club’s tee availability and cannot be accepted with any other offer.
Green fees, published in the directory, are valid for both ladies and gentlemen.
These rates are for members of member clubs only and NOT for a group/society