Here’s Richard Cowell sinking a birdie putt

By |July 18th, 2020|

Here’s Richard Cowell sinking a birdie putt in the first of the relaunched Thursday friendly comps, complete with a great Seve Ballesteros style celebration. Not enough to get his team into the prizes, however, but it did lift them out of last place.




Winners with an impressive 95 points were Neil Roberts, Lloyd Jones, Haydn Ellis and, you guessed it, Phil Woodward. A welcome return to three and four balls, lots of banter to be heard on the course, this format again proving to be a very relaxing way to enjoy golf. If you haven’t tried it, see the earlier post on how to enter.

Visitors Welcome! Golf is back at Ruthin-Pwllglas and open to everyone.

By |July 15th, 2020|

Visitors Welcome! Golf is back at Ruthin-Pwllglas and open to everyone. The course is in excellent condition thanks to the work of our greenkeepers and volunteers during this challenging time.

The Welsh Government regulations have been eased a bit further during the last two weeks.  We are now able to travel further than local (5 miles) so it’s fine for all our members, guests and visitors to travel to the club now.  Also the need to stay as 2 households has been eased, so all members, guests and visitors can mix in 3/4balls.

Visitors can book on-line at with 3 and 4 balls from different households now allowed. For safety reasons the former turn up and play policy is suspended and the Wales Golf guidelines must be followed.

Although the clubhouse is still closed, toilet facilities are available.

Features such as the modified cups, permanent flagsticks and 15 minute start intervals, as well as the absence of any confined spaces on the course, are all intended to help you to enjoy your golf with confidence in personal safety.

With our green fees starting from as little as £10.00 this is a great opportunity to experience a course some compare to a miniature Gleneagles.

Golfers welcome easing of lockdown

By |July 14th, 2020|

Golfers welcome easing of lockdown

rules as Pwllglas fairways open up

A cautious easing of golf’s Covid-19 lockdown which allows people from different households to play together has been welcomed by Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club.

The members club has been operating a system of singles golf only with an exception for two members of the same household to play together since the Welsh Government allowed golf clubs to re-open on Thursday, May 21.

But now a further easing of restrictions has meant members of two different households have been able to play together in a pair as long as they maintain social distancing and stay local – a travel distance of five miles.

The relaxation also allows for three– and four-ball play but only involving members of one or two households.

Club chairman Oswyn Roberts said: “We welcome this further lifting of the restrictions which mean that more people will be able to play regularly and in the more usual forms of social golf.

We have introduced an on-line tee-booking system with slots 15 minutes apart and members have been making use of this and it will continue for the immediate future.

“It has been good to see people back on the course and enjoying the game at a time which has been very difficult for so many people.

“Our greens staff have worked very hard to maintain the course despite shortages of some specialist types of fertilisers and dressings and of course a desperate and unusual shortage of rain.

“Those have now been acquired – though the rain hasn’t – and the course is quickly returning to condition now while the views remain as stunning as ever and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more of our members and also visitors.”

The changing areas of the clubhouse including showers and toilets have re-opened but the main area, including the bar and kitchens remain closed.

The cups on the greens have been inverted so that a holed putt is easily picked up without touching the flagstick and bunker rakes have been removed to avoid cross-contamination. Players can rake the sand as best they can with clubs or the soles of their golf shoes.

Club secretary Ian Vaughan Evans said: “The tee booking database has been updated to allow for threes and fours and you are now able to book for seven days in advance.

“We will review how these changes work and make any necessary changes if there are particular difficulties with any of them.

“Memberships are available and anyone interested can contact me at ”

The new golf regulations are as follows:

Members of two separate households will be allowed to play together in pairs, three-and four-balls, as long as they stay local and maintain social distancing.

Physical distancing and industry guidelines must be adhered to before, during and after the round and the guidance on local travel has not changed.

For further information go to

Myfi Lewis celebrates her 90th birthday

By |January 20th, 2020|

90th Birthday Celebrations for Myfi at Ruthin Pwllglas Golf Club.

The Ladies Section of Ruthin Pwllglas golf club recently celebrated Mrs Myfi Lewis’ 90th birthday by planting over 200 daffodil bulbs on the course to mark the occasion.

Myfi has been a member of the club for 48 years and actively plays off a handicap of 28.  She was Lady Captain in 1983 and Lady President from 2002 to 2005 and in 2016 she won Lady Captain’s Day.


The picture shows some of the ladies with Myfi whowas planting the final dozen bulbs by the 18th tee.

Ladies Christmas Open 2019

By |November 27th, 2019|


Ladies Christmas Open 2019.
Congratulations to the winning team from Penmaenmawr Golf Club- Pam Stanley, Linda Worral and Gill Manton with 39 points. In second place were a team from Denbigh Golf Club – Jan Jones, Jane Williams and Sue Walmsley with 38 points.
Fourteen teams took part and all enjoyed soup and mince pies afterwards.

My Secret Places

By |September 24th, 2019|

Ali’s green and gorgeous view of the 5th green


On a sunny spring or summer morning with the sun rising over the Clwydians and the light filtering through the curtains I rise with not exactly a song in my heart but certainly a game of golf on my mind.

I’ve always been an early riser, I love the light, the quiet, the solitude and the birdsong and there’s few places you can enjoy those delights as much as on a golf course.
Of course if you’re working that day then you either have to find a golf course that is short enough to get round quickly or you have to start very early indeed.

Happily Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club is perfect. It’s no 7,000-yard monster and carrying a half-set of clubs I can skip round nine holes in less than an hour, be home, showered and at my desk by quarter to nine.
The course is over 600 feet up – when I was a teenage junior I once stood on the highest point of the sixth fairway and stared at the pilot of a big Vulcan bomber on a low level training flight – and he gazed back at me.

On a bright spring day there can be a touch of frost about in sheltered spots and a glistening carpet of dew can overtop my shoes and leave my socks soaked but I soldier on with little time to hang about.
There’s a glorious stillness but blackbirds and thrushes sing, buzzards screech and wheel on the thermals as the air warms, and very occasionally a red kite cruises overhead.

The course is undulating, the fairways lined with silver birch and oak and underneath them in spring are carpets of bluebells and other wildflowers especially orchids – there’s even a local rule that gives you a free drop if you might damage an orchid in taking your swing.
Volunteers led by the club chairman, retired butcher Oswyn Roberts, have cleared great swathes of undergrowth so that light filters through the tree canopy to encourage the flowers and wildlife and bug hotels and nesting boxes have been installed.

Surrounding it all are magnificent vistas – I’ve played Gleneagles in Perthshire and Pwllglas gives it a run for its money in the scenic stakes.
The Clwydian Range marches along to the east above medieval Ruthin, the fields of the Vale in spring edged with borders of white hawthorn blossom, while away to the south west the Clwyd meanders towards Corwen.
I even play the occasional good shot too. A few weeks ago my eight iron to the 140-yard seventh soared towards the flag, disappeared out of view and turned out to have gone in for a hole in one – without a witness in sight.

My Secret Places  :  Written by Ali Syme

Am Am Open – 9th August 2019

By |August 9th, 2019|

Captain’s Day – Mr Graham Hardinges – 2019

By |August 6th, 2019|

Captain’s Day – Mr Graham Hardinges – 2019   Report by Alan Kilday

Something for everyone at Captain’s Day. As well as the usual longest drive, nearest the pin etc, Captain Graham Hardinges offered a prize on every hole.

Topped tee shots and smothered drives as well as other curious shots earned awards. Getting closest to a bunker on the 7th (Pete Hodson) and nearest to the start of the fairway on the second (Guy Alford) won lots of beer. Sorry, Rory, nothing like this available for the 1st at the Open this year. This certainly lightened a drizzly weather day.

Mr Alan Padmore, Mr Mike Price and Mr Mike Brady

Speaking of Rory, he would have been proud of Gethin Roberts’ longest drive on the 5th, almost on the green and on the fairway.

As usual, pins in challenging positions for this day made the competition a real test of putting, counterbalancing an immaculately prepared course by our greenkeepers.


A winning score of 38 points was an excellent score in today’s conditions. Congratulations, Mike Price! Adam Smith followed in winning the 0-12 handicap division and Alan Kilday winning the 13+ Division (also nearest the pin on the 18th).

Eddie Fitzsimmons ” Lost in Paradise “

Sponsor’s Day 2019 – Green machine’s late birdie clinches title

By |August 6th, 2019|

Report by:  Alistair Syme, of Ceidiog Communication

Green machine’s late birdie clinches title

A six-birdie blitz helped green energy business Hafod Renewables take the Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club Sponsors Challenge.

Hafod Managing Director David Jones led from the front as his four-man team had a run of five threes from their second hole – the ninth on the course – after starting on the hole they sponsor, the eighth.

The green machine, Hafod Renewables, from left, John Lewis, David Jones, Kim Webb and Alistair Syme.

Kim Webb, veteran former club champion John Lewis and Hafod’s PR account manager, Alistair Syme, of Ceidiog Communication, all weighed in as well with Webb lacing an eight-iron to 10 feet at their 140-yard final hole for Syme to drill in the putt for a crucial birdie two.

That was enough for Hafod, who finished second last year, to clinch a narrow win over runners-up Ruthin Pre-cast Concrete led by the big-hitting Allen Roberts with Colin Jones Coal Merchants third.


1 Hafod Renewables: Dave Jones, John Lewis, Alistair Syme and Kim Webb, gross 60 – handicap 5.2 – nett 54.8

2 RPC: Allen Roberts, Derek Walters, Ian Hicks and Mike Brady, 61-5.4-55.6

3 Colin Jones Coal: Colin Jones, Clive Davies, Neil Roberts and Dave Roberts, 64-6.2-57.8.

Senior Mens Open – 2nd July 2019

By |July 2nd, 2019|