Golf is a Welsh speciality

What makes a great golfing experience? We think it’s a warm Welsh welcome, an unstuffy attitude, value for money and lots of memorable courses. But that’s enough from us. We asked some actual players what ‘golf as it should be’ meant to them

  • John Inverdale, TV Presenter

    Royal Porthcawl Golf Club Porthcawl South Golf
    Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Bridgend
    "I used to dream of one day playing Royal Porthcawl as the sun was setting, and walking off the 18th having just holed a 20 footer to find Gareth Edwards having lined up the beers in the bar. It nearly happened. I three putted from eight feet. But the rest was as good as I ever imagined."
  • Steve Rider, TV Presenter

    Green at the Royal St Davids golf course with Harlech Castle in the background

    Royal St Davids Golf Course, Harlech, Snowdonia

     by glwphotography
    "I often think that the setting is an essential ingredient in ranking a links course…Put Royal St Davids at number one. If your golf game could remotely match the surroundings you would walk away ecstatically happy. This small golfing corner of Britain was a revelation to me. It wasn’t just the great golf and exquisite settings; I found the whole experience to be sociable, welcoming and hassle free."
  • View of countryside surrounding Cemmaes with snow topped Cadair Idris mountain in background
    Cadair Idris from Cemmaes by fillbee
    "I recently played at Dolgellau, which was great. We’re just not used to playing that kind of course in Holland. What I look for when I travel to play golf is great scenery and good hotels to stay in. Some nice weather is good too, but it’s not that important. Having played many places in Scotland and Ireland, I can say that Wales compares very favourably."
  • Helen Orton, Birmingham

    Aerial view of Old Course on Porth Dinllaen Peninsula. Nefyn and District Golf Club. North Wales.
    Old Course on Porth Dinllaen Peninsula, Nefyn and District Golf Club, North Wales
    "We’ve been to Nefyn & District for three consecutive years. With the views and the fact that you’re so close to the sea, it is a fantastic course. Coming from the Midlands we play parkland courses, so it’s nice to have a complete contrast. On top of that everybody is really friendly, both the staff and the members. They even recognise us now that we’ve been going for a few years."
  • Stephen Boland, Knutsford, Cheshire

    Bull Bay Golf Club, Anglesey.
    Bull Bay Golf Club, Anglesey
    "If I’m going to play as a visitor, I’ll look for somewhere the green fees are reasonable, where it’s not too crowded and where you feel welcome. Most importantly I’m looking for a good course which is well looked after and which offers a good challenge. I always feel very welcome at Bull Bay on Anglesey. It’s one of the reasons we keep going back year after year."
  • Aerial view of players on clifftop 18th green Llanymynech Golf Club, Mid Wales

    Aerial view of players on clifftop 18th green Llanymynech Golf Club, Mid Wales 

    "Llanymynech is a special course because it’s just different. It’s picturesque and the holes are not just straight up and down. You need to play around. It’s so friendly in the clubhouse and we’ve been back there three or four times in the past few years. I’ve also played at Llangollen. We travel from Liverpool because the courses are so good."
  • Aberdovey Golf Club.
    Aberdovey Golf Club, North Wales
    "While not necessarily as famous as some I’ve played in Scotland and England, the courses in Wales are just as spectacular. They provide a great challenge, especially if you are not accustomed to links golf. I look for friendly and accommodating staff and members, and a course that is not overcrowded and has an organic character with at least a few unique (and therefore unforgettable) holes. Is there a more challenging hole than the 12th at Aberdovey? Are there a better nine holes than the inward nine at Porthmadog? I think not."
  • Jimmy Kinsella

    Pwllheli Golf Club
    Pwllheli Golf Club, North Wales
    "If you play places like Pwllheli, elsewhere in the country it’s far more expensive and the courses often aren’t as good. People here are really friendly and welcoming. There was a big smile on the pro’s face when we met him. That says a lot. At some courses everything is over the top, far too pompous. It’s much more relaxed here."
  • Terry O’Shea, Cardiff

    Priskilly Forest Golf Club, Pembrokeshire
    Priskilly Forest Golf Club, Pembrokeshire
    "At Priskilly Forest in Pembrokeshire the welcome from both staff and other players was fantastic. At the first tee, a chap came along and asked if he could join us. He knew the course really well and was able to show us around and give us some tips on how best to play it."

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