Golf in Cardiff
Rugby and football aren't the only sports played in Cardiff, Wales’ capital. It’s a golf-mad place too, with around 15 courses located in and close to the city. Here we take a look at some. They add up to a few great days of golf.
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Tee off at Cardiff Golf Club. The city is renowned for its greenery – parks and gardens abound – a quality that’s reinforced by this lush 6,000-yard parkland course. You won’t believe that you’re just a short hop north of the busy city centre. Make sure you don’t end up in the trees with your tee shots, and watch out for those small- to medium-sized greens that require accurate approach shots.
The Radyr club is a northern neighbour. It’s another tranquil course, seemingly far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s no room for relaxation, though: it’s a challenging parkland course, ‘one of Colt’s little jewels’, a reference to legendary golf course architect Harry S Colt.
Stay north of town for Whitchurch Golf Club. Year-round playability is a strong point on this parkland course, noted for its far-reaching views across Cardiff as well as its testing par 3s and 4s.
The verdant Vale of Glamorgan is within minutes of the city boundary. You’re spoilt for choice here too when it comes to parkland courses. On the edge of the Vale there’s Creigiau, another sweeping, beautifully manicured course, with tight, tree-lined fairways, that packs a wide variety of holes into its 6,100 yards.
Cottrell Park Golf Resort at St Nicholas is a complete golfing experience. It boasts two superb championship designed courses set in historic parkland with views framed by the Brecon Beacons to the north and Bristol Channel to the south. But that’s just the start of it. Golf simulators, putting greens, an on-course practice area, Segway tours around the park, a nature trail, fishing lake, snooker and pool make Cottrell a complete ‘more than golf’ destination.
Penarth, where the Vale meets the sea, is home to the Glamorganshire Golf Club, birthplace of the Stableford Scoring System. Stunning views over the sea are a feature of this undulating parkland course, with its narrow, wood-lined fairways, well-guarded greens, water hazards and over 80 strategic bunkers.
On the other side of Cardiff on the way to Newport you’ll find Peterstone Lakes Golf Club. This is a parkland course with a difference. Water plays a big part in its character. Not only is it located alongside the Bristol Channel, this exciting and challenging course has – as its name implies – a wealth of water features.
Need to know
This is one golfing trip that’s easy to arrange – simply take your pick from the huge range of accommodation available in Cardiff.