Summer may be coming to an end but don’t pack away those golf clubs just yet.
Our passion for the game lasts all year round. In fact, it’s blazing away right now. Autumn’s the perfect time to head out onto one of our 200-plus courses for a great round of golf. You’ll find immaculate greens, crisp fresh air and a riot of autumnal colour, along with that famously warm Welsh welcome.
Our style of golf – we call it ‘golf as it should be’ – is also famous for its wide, open spaces, unhurried greens and relaxed tee times. That’s especially true in autumn, when you’ll have all the room in the world to enjoy it to the full. So what are you waiting for?
Bernhard Langer celebrates with the Senior Open trophy by European Tour
It’s been a big summer of golf here in Wales. The Senior Open Championship returned to Royal Porthcawl for another round, after a successful first outing in 2014. Once again, the event featured a who’s who of global golfing talent. The stellar roster featured players like Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Tom Watson and Bernhard Langer. We’ve always thought Porthcawl was special, so we’re not surprised that the players loved it too. “This golf course is one of the great golf courses we play without a doubt,” said Watson. ‘It has everything you want in a links golf course. I love playing it and I have nothing but the highest regard for it.”
The 2014 Senior Open champion Langer continued his love affair with the course, emerging victorious for a second time. “It obviously suits my game,” he said. “It's a fantastic links course and this year played totally different to three years ago. But it was a huge challenge with the weather conditions that we had, and the course played long and soft. I'm just very fortunate to pull out on top and just thrilled to be up here again lifting this beautiful trophy.”
Conwy, North Wales
Now’s the time
If you’re looking for an autumn excuse for a Welsh golf break, why not combine it with one of the many events we have going on through the next few months? Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
Tenby Arts Festival, 23–30 September
Anyone familiar with Pembrokeshire will know that it’s a very arty place. The Tenby Arts Festival is a mixture of music, drama, photography, poetry and prose.
There are some great golf choices on the doorstep. Tenby Golf Club’s fabulous links course is ranked amongst the top 100 in the UK. It’s also Wales’s oldest affiliated golf course. Somewhat younger is nearby Trefloyne, which opened in the 1990s and soon gained a reputation as a top-grade parkland course.
Elvis Festival, 22-24 September
Porthcawl puts on its blue suede shoes during the Elvis Festival, which draws fans of the King from far and wide. Expect lots of sideburns, gold lamé jackets, Elvis impersonators and tribute bands.
Golf-wise, where else but Royal Porthcawl, one of the UK’s – and the world’s – leading links courses. Mind you, it’s not the only one. There’s an exceptional choice in this part of Wales for all golfing preferences, including Pyle & Kenfig, Southerndown, The Vale Golf Resort and Grove Golf Club.
Gwledd Conwy Feast, 27–29 October
There’s food, glorious food in historic Conwy. It’s one of Wales’s most popular festivals, with all kinds of foodie (and non-foodie) events set against a backdrop of Conwy Castle, which is illuminated to become a dazzling digital art gallery.
There’s a trio of classic courses right on the doorstep – Conwy, North Wales and Llandudno (Maesdu). Conwy’s challenging links course prides itself on being playable all year round, while North Wales – just across the estuary at Llandudno – is another fine links course offering a mix of excitement and pure fun. If you want a bit of everything then make for Llandudno (Maesdu), a course that combines links with parkland.