My Day at Cyncoed Golf Club Cardiff
Cyncoed Golf Club is situated in the heart of Cyncoed village in North Cardiff, it can be a little tricky to find if it is your first visit to the club. Best bet is to plug in the postcode CF23 6SJ to your sat nav or do the old-fashioned thing and check out your local A-Z map.
Cyncoed golf club is a bit of a hidden gem in the heart of suburban Cardiff and has been voted in the top 20 golf courses in the whole of Wales. The clubhouse is a fairly new construction and as such has all the amenities you can think of with modern changing rooms and Pro shop but disappointingly not the best bar I have ever seen.
The practice facilities are okay with the standard driving range, chipping and putting areas and practice bunker all doing their job adequately.
The course is really good looking with a huge amount of trees lining almost every fairway but that is also the bad bit about it, as if you are just a little wayward from the tee then you will be most likely chipping back out onto the fairway rather than shooting for the green. The priority on this course is accuracy rather than blasting it off the tee, but there are also some long holes so there is a risk/reward scenario that you need to take into account and adjust your game accordingly.
The first hole is all downhill and looks easy but mere mortals cannot get to the green in one so are left with a downhill lie for the first fairway iron shot- a bit tricky!
My favourite hole is the par 5 4th which bends from right to left and rewards a draw shot for the right-handers out there, but beware all you right handed faders and slicers as out of bounds lurks for the unwary.
The course goes on pleasantly throughout its eighteen holes and is great to play in the Summer, however, beware of playing in a wet Autumn or Winter as it is built on a clay soil base and becomes unplayable in the wet.
All is not lost, however, if it is wet as there is a state-of-the-art golf simulator that has 15 top courses you can play. Your handicap is automatically applied to each course and if you don't have time to finish then simply save your game and come back later to finish. Great for recreational play and also for lessons. There are special bar deals for simulator players and Sky TV to enjoy.
The general verdict is that Cyncoed is a very enjoyable and scenic course to play but you definitely need to pick your time of the year to make the most of your round.