The club. Located in the lush Vale of Glamorgan, The Vale Resort combines luxury leisure and accommodation with two championship courses. The highly acclaimed Wales National course boasts USGA standard greens alongside some fearsome bunkers and tricky water hazards, while the aptly named Lake course has water in play in 12 of its 18 holes. There’s also a stat-of-the-art golf academy where you can work on your skills.
The pro. Matthew Coombs
The hole. ‘The par-three 17th on the Lake is a famous hole. You don’t need to drive here, it’s a lay up hole. There are two trees in the middle of the fairway which you want to aim just to the right of. It’s probably a four iron off the tee, leaving you with a 90-yard pitch shot to the island green. There are water hazards along the left and if you too far you’ll run out of fairway and on the right there’s a bunker about 220 yards out. You’ll find the odd person who hits a driver over the water, but it is a very small green so it’s difficult to stop on it. You only have to carry it about 250 yards but you have to be accurate.’
For more information, visit the Vale Resort website.