Golf along Wales Coast
Pack your clubs and your hiking boots for this one. Our Wales Coast Path forms an uninterrupted trail along 870 miles of stunning shoreline. It also passes many of our finest courses. Whoever described golf as ‘a good walk spoiled’ had clearly never been to Wales.
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Get started on the spectacular Llŷn Peninsula, home to some of the Wales Coast Path’s most spectacular stretches. Catch a glimpse of Bardsey Island, the legendary ‘Island of 2,000 saints’ or spot seals from sheltered Porthdinllaen. Or get your feet wet at picturesque Black Rock Sands – actually a golden sandy beach that takes its name from the multi-coloured headland at its western edge.
Golf-wise, there’s Abersoch Golf Club, a hidden gem of a links course nestled amid sand dunes. A few miles along the coast lies Pwllheli. Combining nine holes of parkland golf with a further nine of proper coastal links, it’s a course with something to suit every taste. Finally, there’s hilltop Criccieth where soaring buzzards, the mountains of Snowdonia and the walls of medieval Criccieth Castle all jostle for your attention.
Mid Wales’s Ceredigion Heritage Coast, bookended by the Teifi and Dyfi estuaries, is a true feast for nature lovers. The Cardigan Bay waters that border it are a rich preserve of marine life, home to bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks and even the occasional leatherback turtle.
The golf is pretty special too. The exhilaratingly untamed links of Aberdovey owe as much to nature as they do to their trio of designers James Braid, Harry Colt and Herbert Fowler. When the wind gets up, a round here can be an elemental experience. To the south, Cardigan’s blend of links, clifftop and parkland golf defies easy categorisation. It’s difficult to pigeonhole, but a joy to play – not least for the stunning sea views from the elevated 16th tee.
The Gower Peninsula was the first place in Britain to be declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Wales Coast Path is the perfect way to experience it at close quarters. You’ll find craggy limestone cliffs in the south, long sandy beaches in the west and eerie salt marshes in the north. Don’t miss the impossibly picturesque Rhossili Bay – named Britain’s Best Beach by TripAdvisor.
Clyne Golf Club lies at the gateway to Gower, its Harry Colt-designed moorland greens offering spectacular views of Swansea Bay. The path passes the lively seafront pubs and restaurants of Mumbles before reaching Langland Bay Golf Club. Perched on cliffs with the Bristol Channel in one direction and the Brecon Beacons in the other, this scenic course is home to some of the toughest holes on the Gower.
Need to know
Make this a three-base trip so you’ll have plenty of time to get some miles under your belt. Porthmadog, Aberaeron and Mumbles are great bases for both golf and walking.