Maesteg Golf Club Course Review

Maesteg Golf Club boasts a moorland course blessed with a James Braid heritage, several strong holes and great views

Maesteg Golf Club - 16th hole
There are glorious backdrops at Maesteg
(Image credit: Jeremy Ellwood)

Maesteg Golf Club Course Review

GF £25wd, £30we
Par 70, 5,889 yards
Slope 113
GM Verdict – An enjoyable, away-from-it-all moorland course blessed with a James Braid heritage and splendid backdrops.
Favourite Hole – Perhaps the best, but far from easiest, hole is the long par-4 5th where a tough drive is followed by a tougher approach to a tricky shelf green. 

Maesteg Golf Club - 17th hole

The approach to the short par-4 17th

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You won’t find this lovely James Braid course in the Llynfi Valley a few miles north of Bridgend on any list of the best golf courses in Wales, but it is a great little find off the beaten track, playing over the kind of springy moorland turf that many golfers find so delightfully accommodating. Despite not quite making it to 6,000 yards, it has a number of surprisingly testing challenges in store. The short par-4 1st certainly looks very tempting on the card, but it plays to a green raised quite significantly at the front and to the left, so your opening approach will require an added degree of precision.

Maesteg Golf Club - 4th hole

There are many fine holes here playing over springy moorland turf

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Perhaps most testing of all are the 450-yard 5th with its daunting drive across a vast expanse of scrub and then an elusive shelf green  – a hole you don’t want to be playing into the wind - and the 459-yard 8th that plays gently round to the left and down to the green. This one will prove unreachable for many into the wind, and the club likes to call it the hardest hole in Wales. It’s certainly a contender!

Maesteg Golf Club - 16th hole

The par-3 16th looking a picture in the sunshine

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Coming home you’ll remember the lovely drive up between the pines on the par-5 11th, while the excellent dogleg 15th that sweeps stirringly round to the right is another real cracker. The view back up the long par-3 16th is then an absolute picture in the right light. Maesteg may be relatively unknown, but its peaceful, secluded setting, splendid backdrops and glorious moorland turf make it a great option when you’re looking for somewhere a little different for a very modest green fee.


Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly. He is an expert on the Rules of Golf having qualified through an R&A course to become a golf referee. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played 1,000 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts. He reached the 1,000 mark on his 60th birthday in October 2023 on Vale do Lobo's Ocean course. Put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response