Golf in the West
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Ceredigion Heritage Coast are renowned for their untouched seascapes and rich wildlife. Walkers rave about the coast path that runs around South-west Wales. Golfers love these uplifting surroundings too when they play a variety of courses that charm and challenge in equal measure.
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The picturesque South Pembrokeshire resort of Tenby, ringed by medieval town walls, is the ideal gateway to the entire region. Its golf club, founded in 1888, lays a claim to being the birthplace of Welsh golf. It’s a pure links classic, a James Braid course laid out in natural golfing terrain of sea-washed turf and sandy dunes. The holes are classy and short, the greens fast and true, the sea views stunning. It boasts excellent year-round playability thanks to the sandy links sub-soil (‘When it rains it drains’ could well be the club’s motto). In Tenby it’s a case of from old to new, links to parkland, in the blink of an eye. Neighbouring Trefloyne is a mere youth, founded in the 1990s. It’s maturing nicely as a top-rated course.
Further west, Milford Haven Golf Club’s rolling parkland course epitomises the ‘golf as it should be’ ethos. It’s very welcoming, with good-value green fees, holes that test golfers of all levels, an excellent layout and good conditions, and glorious views of the Milford Haven waterway.
The rugged, away-from-it-all North Pembrokeshire coast is very different from the south. One of the best places to compare the two is from the headland course overlooking the Nevern Estuary at Newport. This challenging links course has many fans – and has attracted lots more since 2008 when an additional nine holes were added and luxury accommodation came on stream, elevating it to a desirable golfing resort.
You’ll leave Pembrokeshire and enter Ceredigion for Cardigan Golf Club, an arresting blend of links, heath and clifftop golf. It’s another of those unsung courses that surprise and delight. Again – something of a theme with this itinerary – the views are superlative. Veteran US golf writer Furman Bisher compared the views over the Teifi Estuary with those at Pebble Beach. But do they have as many dolphins as Cardigan Bay?
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Stay south or north? You choose. Tenby has a great choice of accommodation. And you can stay on-site, so to speak, at Trefloyne or Newport Sands.