The links courses are some of the best in the UK and recognised internationally as being challenging and full of character.

Given Wales is compact, it is possible to play golf in all the main golfing regions in Wales during a week’s stay and driving the routes means your clients get to see Wales’ outstanding beauty along the way. It’s easy to combine a variety of courses, so one day they could play a coastal course and the next day a breath-taking in-land or Championship course.

Wales is an all year round golfing destination, we do get some rain from time to time however your clients will be able to play regardless. Our fast draining links and upland courses remain playable in all but the most severe weather.

Below we have provided just an overview of some of the golf courses that should be on your list or itinerary to play:

South East Wales

Cardiff Airport is just a 20 minute drive into the heart of Wales’ capital city, Cardiff. Situated a short drive from the airport are golfing gems for your clients to discover. We have listed four of the major must plays within the area.

Golfers on the green by the lake at Marriott St Pierre golf club
Marriott St Pierre Country Club
  • The Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor Resort which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010. There are another two Championship courses to play at the Celtic Manor Resort too and just 20 minutes outside Cardiff. 
Golfers near the bunker at Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club
Celtic Manor Resort
  • A short drive out of Cardiff is Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and close by are Southerndown Golf Club and Pyle & Kenfig Golf club, all three are must plays.
  • The Vale Resort is an ideal place to be located with its own two Championship courses and award winning spa, (don’t forget to tell your clients to pack their driver, this is one of the longest golf courses outside the US).
Golfer about to tee off with Porthcawl coastline in the foreground
Aerial shot of Vale Golf Resort
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club and Vale Resort Golf Club
  • Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club is situated just 5 minutes from junction 37 on the M4. Its layour is unusal as it is set up in two loops of nine as the second set is more challenging in the wind. The last three holes are said to be some of the best closing holes in the game. Dunes come into their own from the 11th hole and players get to enjoy panoramic views of the Gower Peninsula on the 14th tee. P&K, as it’s affectionately known also offer an indoor golf simulator and accommodation for up to 8 guests in the Dormy House.
Golfers on the green at Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club
Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club

Gower Peninsula

Gower became the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The courses here are a fine test for all levels of handicap.

Must play courses:

  • Pennard Golf Club also known as the ‘links in the Sky’
  • Clyne Golf Club - a challenging course with 360 degree panoramic views
  • Langland Bay Golf Club – not a links course but located on the coast with the most breath taking views. Members include Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, when Catherine is home in Wales.
Golfers walking to their next hole at Pennard Golf Club with coastal views in the background
Clyne Golf Club overlooking the Gower Peninsula
Sweeping views of the coast at Langland Bay Golf Club
Pennard Golf Club, Clyne Golf Club and Langland Bay Golf Club

A short drive off the Gower peninsula takes you west to:

  • Ashburnham Golf Club - a traditional links golf course, your clients may even see a celebrity or two at the 19th as many famous golfers play here.  
  • Machynys Golf Club, one of Wales’ youngest clubs founded in 2005 and a Nicklaus designed course.
Forestry views at Ashburnham Golf Club
Couple walking to the next tee at Machynys Golf Club
Ashburnham Golf Club and Machynys Golf Club

Pembrokeshire

One the best coastal destinations in the world and the picturesque resort of Tenby is home to the oldest established golf course in Wales (1888), a natural links course is a must play. After the round, spend the rest of the day discovering the charming medieval town or drive to Pembroke to visit Pembroke Castle.

An aerial shot of Newport Links Golf Club
Newport Sands Links Golf Club

Mid Wales

A tranquil area of Wales to play golf, home to the Red Kites – Mid Wales’ iconic bird of prey, rolling hills and traffic free roads along the Cambrian Way, one of our Wales Way routes. This is all coupled with great tee time availability and a warm Welsh welcome. Here are a selection of courses to play:

High up at Llandrindod Wells Golf Club
Dramatic mountains at Cradoc Golf Club
Cradoc Golf Club and Llandrindod Wells Golf Club
Dramatic cliff drop at Llanymynech Golf Club
Llanymynech Golf Club

North West Coast and  Llyn Peninsula

The scenic North Wales coast with upstanding castles and outstanding coastlines is the theme for the North, a World Heritage Site over-looking a world-class links course to the Llyn Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, a fantastic backdrop for any round of golf. Here are just some courses that your clients should experience.

As a one off experience play 9 holes at Aberdovey Golf Club before catching the train (from right outside the golf club), travelling north to complete the round at Royal St David’s. Two world class courses in one round and a breath taking ride through miles of mid Wales coast and country.

 

Seascape views at Aberdovey Golf Club
Golfers near 15th green, surrounded by sand dunes Royal St David's Golf Club Harlech
Aberdovey Golf Club and Royal St David’s Golf Club

Also consider taking a short detour off mainland Wales and head across the Menai Straights Bridge to Anglesey to play Bull Bay Golf Club. Wales’ most northerly course.

Another stop in North Wales is Conwy Golf Club. Conwy, an Open qualifying links course and will host the Curtis Cup women’s golf event in 2020. Just down the road is Conwy Castle, a World Heritage Site.

Ty Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn, Gwynedd
Nefyn & District Golf Club

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