Welcome to Cradoc Golf Club

Meet the Team


Club Office

Emily Dench, Manager

Emily will be in charge of the day to day management operations of the Club. Her background is in Hotels, Leisure and Private Members clubs.

Emily has lived away from Brecon for 25 years but recently moved back to Trecastle with her husband Bob.


Nicola, Administrator

Nicola joined us in May 2018. She comes from an Administration, Retail and Customer Service background. Nicola moved to Brecon in 2007, having been born here. She lives with her husband Mark; two boys and their much-loved Rottweiler -Mika. Nicola also does volunteer work within Children's Services. She is looking forward to a long working relationship with the Club and playing Golf too.


Office hours – every effort is made to have the Office operational between 08:45 to 17:00 each week day. The Club’s telephone system has an answering service and messages are checked each weekday morning.

Professional Staff

Richard Davies, Head Professional

Richard has been the PGA Professional at Cradoc GC for over 20 years.

Richard has built up a reputation as a first class coach, and offers many teaching options to accommodate both individuals and/or group requirements.

With a fleet of 12 buggies for hire, and a fully stocked shop, members, casual visitors and the many societies and tourists that visit Cradoc each year are well provided for.

Richard is ever present at the Club, and a warm welcome is always given to everyone visiting the Pro Shop – there is no charge for the cheeky banter that you will receive!

Richard is married to Sian, lives locally, and has two children, Sam and Sophie.

Contact details are 01874 625524 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bradley Lynch – Assistant

Bradley is Richard’s assistant and is considering a future in the PGA ranks. A former junior at the Club, Bradley actively participates in competitions and plays off a handicap of 9. Bradley lives in the Brecon locality.

The Pro Shop is open from 08:30 to 17:30 daily and often these hours are extended in conjunction with major events (i.e. Competition Days, Winter League, Open Days etc)

Green-Keeping Team

Stephen Higgins, Head Greenkeeper

Stephen Higgins has been the Head Green Keeper at Cradoc Golf Club since September 2016.

Stephen has 30 years' experience in golf course and turf care management.

Stephen lives in Abergavenny with his family.

John Bevan
Deputy Head Green Keeper

John joined the greenkeeping team in 2010, and has since progressed to the position of Deputy HGK in 2014. John has advanced his turf management skills via college courses and has gained qualifications in both PA1 and PA6 courses to date.

Alun Price
Assistant Green Keeper

Alun was formerly employed in grounds’ maintenance for 16 years and joined the Cradoc team in April 2015. Having settled in well Alun continues to make a vital contribution to the daily upkeep of the golf course, and also possesses a chainsaw licence.

Dylan van Zyl
Assistant Green Keeper

Dylan van Zyl also joined the green-keeping team in 2015, and is currently attending College courses to further his knowledge of turf management. Dylan worked in the bar here at the Club previously and is living in the Brecon area.

Accreditation - John, Alun and Dylan have all undergone the training for, and gained accredited competency level, to use the Club’s mini excavator.

Weather information line – Members and Visitors are reminded that on a daily basis (where relevant), the green staff update a central information facility, in line with any substantial changes to access or playability of the course.

Examples of such information will be most relevant to the allowance or restrictions of Buggies or Trolleys during adverse conditions, and occasionally on any disruptive work ongoing such as hollow coring, spraying etc. The telephone number is 07791 858712

Bar Staff

Will Dowd
Bar Manager

Will oversees all aspects of the bar including stock control, selection of products and cash balancing. Will is a keen photographer and still holds PGA membership (plays to a scratch handicap)

Rhianwen Jones
Bar Support Team

Rhianwen is another member of the bar support team, and although this position is recent, she is well known to many members from her engagement (along with her twin sister Angharad) as part of the catering team.

The Bar at Cradoc is open from 11.30 am each day, throughout the day, with closing hours in the evenings varying in conjunction to seasonal demand or organised events/functions.

Catering Operation

Vimmerfields Catering

The Club operates a Franchise engagement for its catering activities. Since the summer of 2013, Richard Wimmer has ably provided for the needs of members and visitors alike.

Richard is a qualified Chef and has an array of delicious home-made recipes.

With the experience of many years in the catering trade behind him, he is able to offer a diverse selection of menus and fayre to suit all tastes.

Waiting Staff

On a daily basis, the Caterers are supported by Iva, Joyce and Angharad.

Iva is a latest recruit, living locally and from eastern European origin. Angharad (along with Rhianwen) has been a regular in the restaurant for about 8 seasons, and Joyce has been involved with Cradoc GC for over 20 years!

Catering Opening Times

Standard opening times for the Kitchen are 11.30 am, seven days per week.

The kitchen remains open throughout each day, closing in line with seasonal demand and/or in line with special occasions or functions etc. During the current summer season, food is available each evening until 6.00 pm on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and 8.00 pm Wednesday through Saturday

Saturday evenings throughout the year are popular for fine dining, as are the Sunday Roast offered each Sunday lunchtimes. For reservations, simply telephone 01874 623 658 Option 5.


Christine Davies is our resident cleaner and very much an ‘unsung hero’ who quietly goes about her business in keeping the Clubhouse clean and tidy each day. Christine, also a past member of the Catering team, has been with the Club for over 10 years. Christine takes care of the weekdays, Andrea Sheil steps in at the weekends.

Club house facilities are open from 08:00am October to March and 07:30am April to September.