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Posted by thesweetcheat
17th May 2011ce
Edited 22nd January 2014ce
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I was going to ask you, ooh what did you think of Llanymynech Hill, it's got so much legend, does it live up to its otherworldly reputation. But now I see it's got a bloody golf course on it. I cannot tell you how depressing this revelation is :)
Hi there both iv only just joined the site so i cud comment. My name is matt and i am one of the greenkeepers at llanymynech golf club, and i have been for the past 10 years years along with my farther who is the course manager has been here for 42 years. I just wanted to try and put the record straight a little bit as i am a greenkeeper but not a ''snooty golfer". Admitted some golfers are very snooty and yes dont like non golfers around. But they are the minority at our club. Most of the major alterations to the hills original historic tapography was done by modern quarry activity and its use as a ww1 firing range pre golf course days. There has only been a golf course here for around 100 years. We as a team allways strive to retain as much of the hills natural features as possible and we work very closely with various wildlife trusts and english heritage in all aspects of our work. Besides surely if there were not a golf course here now today then wud the site not be completely overgrown with thick hawthorn and ash scrub.. we fight a yearly battle keeping it from encroaching. Also we are not littered with bunkers we have only 12 small ones over 6000 yards of golf course.
The hill is a beautiful place that is capable of letting many different types of people enjoy it if everybody shares. Not all get that especially golfers at times.
Take your time to revisit and look closer off the beaten track sum areas are maintained off the course that reflect the hills true history
Hello Greenkeeper! Curiously, I've now visited the hill, twice this year in fact. Once climbing up through the quarry and along the golf course in search of lichens, and once along the bottom of the huge cliffs with some botanists. And I thought it was just such an amazing place (golf course or no golf course. I jest. :)
You're right, it's beautiful and special. And the views are fantastic. You're lucky to work in such a lovely part of the world.
(And I didn't see any of the famed fair folk. But given the place, you wouldn't be surprised if there's a few corners still left for them.)
Thanks for coming along and adding your comments. It is a lovely part of the world and we enjoyed the walk up through the woods - but I have to say we were subject to pretty much open hostility from the golfers that we encountered once we were out in the open. I'm sure this doesn't reflect all the members though!
I would add that I live in the Cotswolds now, and it's depressing that several of the finest hillforts here have been damaged by golf courses, so I'm probably a bit prejudiced by that, sorry. Really pleased to hear you work with EH, etc. The hillfort ramparts that double as Offa's Dyke are impressive along the edge of the hill.
I would love to get back there at some point, there's lots of other stuff in the area that time didn't allow us to visit.