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The Vale Resort

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The Vale is an outstanding Welsh golf resort whose facilities are all but unrivalled. Two championship golf courses, a fantastic spa and luxurious accommodation have helped make The Vale one of the most sought after venues for UK…


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Group Discounts

1 in 12 goes free between 09/12/2014 and 31/12/2015
*Offer applied during booking process.

Golf courses

Wales National Course

The Vale is among a select few golf resorts in the UK to offer guests two high quality courses. The parkland layouts that encircle the superb four-star resort hotel are a joy to play, giving wonderful variety to every stay.

Stay and play at The Vale and you and your group of golf society will have the chance to tackle what is a genuine tour standard championship course – the Wales National. A par of 73 and a full length of 7,433 yards give insight into the challenge of this monster layout, but that’s by no means the end of the story. The Wales National is superbly conditioned, thanks in part to its USGA specification greens, and its collection of water hazards and acres of sand mean that trouble is never too far away. Long and challenging, yes, but the Wales National is a wonderful treat that every golfer will enjoy.





Lake Course

As its name suggests, the Lake Course is dominated by water; in fact, a 20-acre lake comes into play on no less than 8 of its holes, creating plenty of drama and no little challenge. The signature 12th hole and its island green will make nerves jangle and will be a highlight of any round – many a tale to be told in the bar!



Hotel Information

The four star hotel is built on ground that was once part of historic Hensol Castle estate - a 17th century stately home, set in an area of outstanding beauty. In spite of this, the resort itself is only a few minutes from the M4, and offers easy access into Cardiff city centre.

Every aspect of the Resort has been designed to maximise comfort and convenience for every type of golfer. All rooms are air-conditioned, have lavish en-suite facilities and a large number of them afford spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding countryside.

In addition to the luxurious accommodation, guests are welcome to take advantage of the first-class leisure facilities and the range of cuisine in the hotel's AA rosette restaurant.

The exceptional leisure facilities available include:- a large-state-of-the-art-gymnasium with the very latest computer-aided fitness equipment, a luxury 20 metre indoor pool, fitness studios (offering a variety of classes including Yoga and Pilates), plus squash and tennis courts, sauna, steam room and whirlpool bath.

For a more indulgent experience, you can visit Wales’ largest spa to take time out, chill and treat mind, body and soul in an atmosphere that stimulates the senses.

Friendly, welcoming and informal is the standard order of the day. A large modern and bright lounge area provides the perfect setting to discuss that "missed putt" or 300 yard drive. Good wholesome food is available in the Clubhouse bar or for larger group bookings private dining in La Cucina can be arranged (set menu ) For an alternative dining experience the Vale Grill offers a best of Welsh menu and has recently been awarded an AA rosette.

The Vale Resort

Hensol Park
Hensol
Vale Of Glamorgan
CF72 8JY

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Anna
Just wanted to let you know that both venues were great!
5 Star Rating

I don’t know if you’ll recall but you kindly booked us in for a recent golfing break in Wales (The Vale) & Bath/Wick (Park Resort)-I just wanted to let you know they were both great! The golf courses, food, facilities etc. were just what we wanted. The Vale was enhanced (for me at least) by having the Welsh Rugby team there warming up for their success on Saturday. The Park upgraded us to a luxury four poster bedded room. Thanks again.

Jenny
Excellent hotel and enjoyed both courses!
5 Star Rating

Just wanted to thank you for organising this golf break. The hotel is excellent and we really enjoyed both golf courses. Kind regards,

Jennifer
Our first golf break and one that was great from start to finish.
4 Star Rating

We booked the Sunday Special package for our golf break at The Vale Resort in Wales. It was our first golf break to a proper golf resort and to be honest we were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the place when we first arrived. However I am glad to say it was much more friendly, amenable and cosy than our first impression suggested.

The hotel rooms were pleasant, comfortable and well appointed. Although there was a lively wedding reception taking place in the evening the rooms were well placed for a quiet and restful night. The doorman was extremely helpful and stored our trolleys and clubs in a locked room and took great care of them by monitoring access to the store.

The National Golf Course was beautiful, challenging and very, very long with an interesting variety of challenges. The National Course was certainly a new experience for us less talented golfers but left a good sense of achievement but maybe not a scorecard to brag about! The lakes, wildfowl, water lilies etc all added a certain something to be enjoyed and we are glad to say we survived the experience.

We played the Lakes Course on the second day, a shorter course with fewer water features than its name suggested. This course was more suited to our level of golf and although the name would suggest different, it didn’t feature as much water as the National course. Again a good day’s play.

Dinner was served in the golf club restaurant where the surroundings and service was good as was the food. Breakfast was served in the hotel restaurant and was very good with excellent service.

The service from Your Golf Travel was professional and efficient as per usual and we thought the value for money was brilliant. We have confidence in the company and know that we can contact them for information and advice – just wish they could help improve our handicaps.

Overall the trip rated 9/10 and we will be back in touch for future golf holidays.

Tom
Great value for money and very challenging golf!
5 Star Rating

Our party of 12 had a fantastic weekend golf break at the luxurious Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort.

The golf was excellent and we were especially impressed by The Lake Course which has been superbly sculptured out of the Welsh countryside. The Wales National Course was good as well but measuring almost 1000 yards longer than the lakes made it very challenging indeed.

The hotel facilities, dining and staff at the resort were well worthy of their 4 stars.

We would like to extend a massive thanks to Your Golf Travel who enabled the whole weekend to run very smoothly. The value for money on offer at YGT continues to impress so keep up the good work!

Fred
Enjoyed the welcoming clubhouse and the variety of the golf courses.
5 Star Rating

The weekend at the Vale was great, and the weather ended up being kind to us too. Will definitely be booking another golf break with Your Golf Travel again as we're already trying to find another weekend that all four of us can go back to tackle the Wales National course again.

The Vale is a stunning venue, very modern and less than 3 hours from London makes it very attractive for Londoners looking for a golfing weekend away. Dinner in the restaurant was great and I had some of the best steak I have had in a long time and the breakfast spread is perfect too. The Wales National is a long, testing course and despite the fact that it was a bit waterlogged after all the recent rain in Wales, we really enjoyed the challenge. An eagle on the 7th by one of the group really got us inspired to try and beat the course, but don't be fooled, this is one tough round! The Lake Course is visually stunning, and plays a lot easier than the National. A great 210 yard par three down the side of the hill and lots of water features make for picturesque surroundings. The clubhouse, pro shop and 19th hole are all very welcoming to visitors and we had a great lunch before setting off back home. Probably the most surprising thing is how friendly all of the other guests were on the course, in the bar and around the clubhouse, almost definitely a sign that everyone who visits the Vale will have a great time. A nice touch was the text messages we received from Your Golf Travel wishing us good luck for our rounds. Thanks very much for suggesting this venue and organising our trip, a great weekend away!

Many thanks for everything.

Alison
A great break, but rounds a bit on the long side.
4 Star Rating

We had a great golf holiday and can confirm everything about the hotel and the food was excellent. The National course was very testing and was long so the rounds took about 5 hours.

I understand this is normal but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We will definitely be in touch for trips next year with Your Golf Travel.

Rob
Well conditioned golf courses but could have had a warmer welcome.
3 Star Rating

Weekend golf break at The Vale was good. The weather was mixed but can't do anything about that I guess! I thought the Wales National was a great course and it was kept in really good nick. It was challenging without being impossible for our mix of standards.

Clubhouse was good and the beer prices were to be expected for a hotel. The pro shop was really helpful and they were really accommodating for everything we asked.

The hotel was ok, but starting to look a little dated and worn in places I thought. One of our rooms had trouble with a few things such as air con and hot water. The evening food was excellent and the allowance more than enough to have some good fodder. Breakfast on the other hand was very average. I didn't think the hotel staff were particularly welcoming and quite moody! Don't know if we caught them on a bad weekend!

Your Golf Travels service was excellent and I always recommend them to others. In terms of the weekend everything went smoothly.

I look forward to booking another trip next year.

Kerry
Excellent service, dining and accommodation.
5 Star Rating

The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort proved to be a superb 4 star hotel with excellent rooms and two interesting and challenging courses.

The food was good but the choice was limited and not everyone goes for nouvelle cuisine. Normally we gathered that you could also dine in the golf clubhouse restaurant but when we there it only opened at lunchtime albeit with a good snack menu.

However, in the evening we could also choose from the Bar Menu in the main restaurant. Staff were cheerful and very helpful and the breakfast buffet was fantastic.

Excellent value for money and a very convenient location. I can strongly recommend the destinations and YGT.

Dave
Everything was first class!
5 Star Rating

What a fantastic golf break weekend at The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort. Everything about the venue was first class. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Many thanks to YGT and we will be in touch soon regarding our next trip.

Morgan
We will be going back again.
5 Star Rating

We all had a great time at The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort. It was superb value for money with two courses of the highest standard. Some of the holes on the National were absolutely stunning a real visual delight that made all of us privileged to play the course. The service was top quality and we will be going back again.

The help and support from Your Golf Travel was exemplary. I would definitely make this a must for any golfer!

Neil
We even managed a night out in Cardiff!
5 Star Rating

Thanks for organising our trip to The Vale. We had a great weekend in Wales and the resort was easy to find. The 2 courses were both great! The National was long and challenging. The Lakes had some great holes towards the end, with plenty of potential hazards! The food in the Clubhouse and the hotel restaurant was very good. The room was a good size and very comfortable. We also enjoyed a night out in Cardiff which was lots of fun, and only 25 minutes away.


Stuart
Challenging golf plus the bar voucher came in handy.
4 Star Rating

Our party of 8 visited The Vale Resort and played The Lakes Course and The National on consecutive days (Sunday/Monday). 

All involved agreed that for £99pp the package we received was great value for money. The courses were challenging for all involved as our party ranged from a 9 capper to 28. The Lakes course was very tight and would strongly recommend purchasing a yardage book as many shots are blind.

The hotel and golf course staff were friendly and we were made to feel very welcome. The facilities both on the golf complex and the hotel offered everything you would need for a golf break. The £10pp bar voucher also helped!

Breakfast was good and we all had a fantastic dinner following our first round ... So compliments to the chef(s).

Overall The Vale Resort would get 8.5/10. The only small gripe was that The Lakes course seemed to be crammed in a bit to make way for The National, but it would not stop us from playing again at The Vale.

Your Golf Travel were very easy to deal with, I would strongly recommend them to anyone organising a golf break.

Sally
A great all round golf holiday...
5 Star Rating

We had a great all round golf holiday at The Vale. Both golf courses were in great condition, with stunning views and their own unique challenges, but not so difficult that you give up!

The accommodation was great too, with fantastic food even though they were very busy. They manage the hotel very well having various areas for different events and all staff were very friendly and helpful.

They have managed to keep an independent family feel whilst working and operating to a high standard.

Many thanks to all at YGT. We’re looking forward to deciding when and where to go next!

Freddie
2014-12-02
The whole trip was great value for money...
5 Star Rating

I will never forget our golf trip to the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort.

This was our second annual golf trip that we booked with YGT. You guys are so easy to use and would recommend you to anyone looking to book a golf break. I emailed them a few months ago asking where they thought would be good for 10 guys to play a weekend of golf but also have the nightlife for the evening. They recommend The Vale and it did not disappoint!

The resort was easy to find, just off the M4 near Cardiff.

We started our first round on the Friday and unfortunately the weather made it very challenging, with rain and wind howling in our faces! The course was immaculate though, and good for our range of handicaps. Luckily the weather improved over the next two days. 

The hotel’s facilities were great too. Spacious, modern rooms, which are just a walk away from the 2 golf courses. We used the gym and swimming pool, but unfortunately didn’t have time for the spa.

Breakfast and dinner were amazing, we all agreed with a buffet for breakfast and 3 course dinners. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the whole trip was great value for money.

Dennis
2014-12-02
The Vale offers excellent value for money...
4 Star Rating

The golf courses at The Vale were both very good layouts. The conditioning on both was very good; the National greens had been hollow tined before our last round but the green staff had done a good job and they continued to run pretty well. The National is a tough course...not for beginners I would suggest! Overall, the courses at The Vale were, in my opinion, better than other complex's I have been to including Tracy Park, Carden Park and Celtic Manor (exc 20 10).

The staff at the Clubhouse were very good and very welcoming. 

The hotel rooms were excellent too; of a very good size, with large TV and an excellent shower...again better than other such resorts.

If there was a disappointment about the golf break, the meals were it. The lunchtime bar meals were fine but the meals on the whole were not as good as other places mentioned above.

Overall, The Vale offers excellent value for money.

Barry
2014-12-02
Will definitely think about returning...
5 Star Rating

The golf courses at The Vale are in excellent condition, each offering a different test. The Lakes Course is shorter but accuracy is the key, whereas the National Course is much longer than your average course, but with some really interesting holes. Our 3 ball of 15-18 handicappers all shot sub 100 which really felt like an achievement!!

The Hotel is excellent too. Food in the Grill was of a high standard and the Health Club is a great facility. Members of staff are friendly and helpful.

Overall we’d give the trip a 9/10 - A great way to spend my birthday celebration and will definitely think about returning in the near future.

Steve
2014-12-02
Already planning a return trip...
5 Star Rating

We returned from our golf trip to The Vale Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort just over a week ago and the fact that we are already planning a return trip in September (hopefully with larger numbers) should tell you how much our group enjoyed it.

We have a mixed range of abilities amongst our group (between 6 and 25 h’caps) and there is no doubt that for mid to high handicappers both courses are very difficult, with plenty of water, plenty of trees and plenty of blind shots. However, they are also very enjoyable and the conditioning of both courses is fantastic.

The service at the hotel was exceptional and they literally couldn’t do enough for you. One of our group (that would be me!) managed to leave his phone charger in the room on departure. A couple of days later whilst still deciding whether it would be worth the hassle to contact the hotel to get it back, the postman knocked on the door with said phone charger. Great stuff!

The food was great and the room was fantastic. I’m sure they don’t all have great views but mine had a balcony overlooking the 18th green which was great. 

The price of a pint was expensive as were snacks if you wanted them, but having visited similar establishments, this was no more expensive than the norm.

As always Yourgolftravel provided a great service and after just getting back from our 4th trip organised by them, I can guarantee a 5th will be following shortly.

Mac
2014-12-02
Most of the scores I would give are 9/10...
4 Star Rating

Most of the scores I would give are 9/10. Bar prices etc are what you would expect from a hotel of this standard. 

The National course is long and would suit the more competent golfer in my opinion. 

The only issue we had with the whole trip is that we had two double rooms and two twins instead of the four twins.

Apart from that it was very good indeed.

Adam
2014-12-02
A near perfect trip...
5 Star Rating

We travelled to the Vale Resort over the Easter break (a group of four with handicaps between 21 and 28) and what a great venue it turned out to be. The resort has two golf courses; The Lakes and Wales National. Both were challenging, even off the yellow tees we played off. Beautifully presented with fast greens, blind brows and doglegs, as well as stunning scenery, both courses were a joy to play. The length, water and sand made things tough for our handicap range but it was very rewarding when you played well! The only negative worth mentioning was that the half way huts were mediocre for golf courses of this standard. Not a big issue. 

One key tip – do buy the course guides (£5 each) to give you a clue as to how to play the hole whilst on the tees for the first time.

The clubhouse was great, with friendly staff and beers costing approx £4 a pint. A decent bar menu was available too.

We also used the driving range and practise putting greens which met expectations.

The hotel, its rooms and the members of staff were as you would expect for a four star establishment. The a la carte grill was a great place to eat in the evening and the breakfast buffet really hit the spot with all types of breakfast available.

This was the first time I've booked a golf holiday for a group. YGT made the process easy even when we changed dates and added a person very late. Even before we settled on the Vale Resort, YGT came up with a series of very suitable options for our dates, budget and preferences. I was surprised how much effort they put in to getting it right for us.

In the end it was a near perfect trip so 9/10 is fair. We would certainly consider The Vale again and I've already recommended YGT to friends.

Barry
2014-12-02
Our trip to The Vale was excellent...
4 Star Rating

Apart from the shocking weather, our trip to The Vale was excellent. The staff at the hotel and the golf complex were very amenable and made our stay very enjoyable. The meals at the hotel were far better than we expected too and we would certainly recommend this resort to friends, but perhaps in the summer.

Many thanks for your help in organizing a very enjoyable golf break and I am sure we will contact YGT for any golf weekends in the future.

Charles
2014-12-02
Two great courses...
5 Star Rating

Thank you for organising our golf trip to The Vale Resort. It all went very smoothly and here is my review of the venue itself.

Having just returned from two days of golf at the Vale Resort, I can report there are two great courses, both in good condition, and with very welcoming staff throughout.

The hotel rooms, food and leisure facilities are all fantastic too.

This golf break was great value for money and we will return.

Paul
2014-12-02
We'll be going again...
4 Star Rating

Well what can I say? What an excellent venue with two great golf courses, both superbly kept and presented. The clubhouse was excellent too; very welcoming and the service was excellent. The beer was great and well priced...food was great also.

The hotel was great, with superb food and a nice atmosphere.

If I had to have one gripe it would be the buggy situation. On arrival on Sunday we were offered buggies after being told during the booking process that they were not available on the Sunday. And yet there were none booked out when we got there! On the Monday, whilst we had 7 booked, they would only let us have 5 as there were nine of us and they expected us to play in 3 balls.

That was the only damper on what was described as 'superb weekend - great choice' by members of my party.

Many thanks to your golf travel - we'll be going again!

Brian
2014-12-02
Everything was first class except the weather...
4 Star Rating

We had an enjoyable golf trip to The Vale where everything was first class except the weather with rain on day 1 and a washout on day 3!

It was disappointing that the weather put a dampener on the visit but that cannot be controlled. We still enjoyed the two rounds though.

Otherwise everything was as expected - ease of booking, check-in, accommodation, food, pro shop, golf courses and service all of high standard.

Apart from the weather, the only negative was that on the first day buggies were not available for our 13:15 start as these had not been returned by the morning players. They were brought out to us as we reached the 2nd green though.

We had a bonus in that the British & Irish Lions squad and coaches booked into the hotel on our second night!

Gillian
2014-12-02
I would highly recommend this venue...
5 Star Rating

I want to thank you for recommending this venue as an alternative to Celtic Manor as we couldn’t get in there. 

It was absolutely great and far exceeded our expectations in every area. We were even upgraded in the hotel to a wonderful room with a view over the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th greens! Fresh fruit in the room was lovely and there was plenty of tea and coffee available too. The rooms were very clean on the whole and the bed was very comfortable.

The restaurant was really good – we were given an allocation of £29 each to choose from the menu for our evening meal – and this was sufficient to have a starter, main and dessert. We both had sirloin steak and chips and it was probably the best steak either of us has had. The breakfast the next day was also excellent with plenty of choice and all very hot.

The staff at the hotel from the reception to the restaurants were so very polite and helpful that we could not fault them at all.

Now to the golf...again this was of the highest standard. 

There were a couple of temporary greens on the Lakes Course but it was all main greens on the Wales National. The Lakes is a long and sometimes quite narrow course which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Wales National is simply huge and was certainly a challenge compared to the Lakes!

Some of the par 4s are massive and the chances of us getting a couple of Stableford points were slim! That being said...we still loved it! The back 9 has a particularly pretty section with water, and the red dogwood at this time of year (February) was stunning.

In addition, we spoke to several of the members all of whom were really friendly which is sometimes not the case when you visit such a resort. The Clubhouse was very good, the menu was not overly expensive and the quality of the food we were served was good.

I would highly recommend this venue. It is also the training base for the Welsh rugby team so seeing the players was an added bonus!

My rating would be 10/10.