Tenby Golf Club

The Burrows, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7NP, Wales

Welsh golf couldn't have asked for a better birthplace. Natural golfing terrain of sea-washed turf and sandy dunes, a medieval walled town close by and a view that includes the monastery island of Caldy to remind you of tranquillity, if you needed reminding in such a spot.

Golf of some sort or other was undoubtedly played in Wales many years before the Tenby club began in 1888 - indeed, the Mayor of Tenby is recorded as adjourning a court to get to a game in 1875 - but this is where the first properly constituted club in Wales was formed.

To this day, the fine old course stands testimony to the flavour of the early days of golf but its defenses have been imaginatively maintained, the latest being the transformation of the long bunker in front of the 13th into two pot bunkers and the creating of a higher 18th tee on top of Black Rock that ensures a breathtaking finish.

Thats if you have any breath left because Tenby gets at you from the opening hole which is 466 yards par four into the prevailing wind that dominates the early holes. The oldest Welsh course is in vigorous and defiant health.