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Welcome to Dinas Powis Golf Club
We are a friendly village club located in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan and no more than a 10 minute drive from the M4 and 15 minutes from the centre of Cardiff. Our 18-hole course offers a challenging test for golfers of all abilities and ages. While it is only 5595 yards in length (5031 yards for ladies), the design rewards distance control and accurate iron shots. Taking the opportunity to play here will also give you the chance to enjoy the stunning South Wales scenery to the north and west, as well as views South over the Bristol Channel to the Devon coast. The course is open all year round due to superb natural drainage.
When you have finished your round you will find a warm welcome on the clubhouse terrace and in our two bars. We host visitors and visiting societies regularly, and our function rooms are available for hire all year round. Our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that events at Dinas Powis will be coordinated professionally and appropriately.
Founded : 1914
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The One O’clock Gate 1951.
The erection of this gate was typical of the spirit among members of the Club. The reigning captain at the time was seeking ways and means to replace a very broken down gate and at a social function accompanied by other members of Dinas Powis he persuaded his friends to provide a new gate. As the bargain was sealed over a drink the clock struck one, whereupon one of the ladies in the party suggested the obvious name “One O’clock Gate
During the preparation of the playing ground the number of prospective players was increasing apace. Early lists indicated the members came from within the area bounded by Cardiff in the east, and Rhoose in the west, ignoring the one original member who came from West Hartlepool.
With this spread of members and the lack of private transport the decision of the Committee in seeking golfing privilege tickets from the Barry Railway Company may be understood.
The Barry Railway Company were not so understanding. In spite of the then Captain, who had some influence in the Company, agreeing to ‘interview’ the Manager, the request was met with a polite but very firm refusal.
A considerable number of members formed the large gathering which, in ideal weather, witnessed the opening of the Club.
The comprehensive report in the The South Wales Daily News of 4th May 1914, after a short description of the new nine holes, described the opening ceremony in some detail. This included the offer of a Challenge Cup by Colonel Gore, (still played for to this day) and the driving off of the first ball by Mr (later Sir) Joseph Davies, the first Club President.
The photograph was taken and the opening game began between two Glamorganshire members on one hand and the Glamorganshire Professional and Prosser on the other. The Professionals won the game by 7 & 5 but it was worthy of note that the amateurs won the bye two up – the Professionals knew their place.
The Committee had already decided that to mark the occasion the amateurs would be presented with a rack of pipes each, the Professionals had the benefit of a 1/- whip round.
So that was the way the Club began, not with a bang but a whip round.
So many things have happened to the Club in the last 102 years. The conversion of the fairways into potato fields during both World Wars, the story of the Steward who was forcibly reminded that the members were his ‘masters’, and then left, the creation of the additional nine holes in 1921 with the assistance of Open Champion, James Braid, and the golfing claim to fame when in 1928, Mr E R Tipple, reached the semi-final of the English Amateur Championship.
We can only hope that if those six men of perception were to return today they would feel that these 102 years have been well spent and that all the members over the years have not only enjoyed their legacy but have also properly discharged the trust placed in them as members of the Dinas Powis Golf Club.
Address : Dinas Powis Golf Club,
Old Highwalls Road,
Vale of Glamorgan
Email : email@example.com
Website : http://www.dinaspowisgolfclub.co.uk
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