Golf at the Gower
It’s a beauty. And that’s a fact – the Gower Peninsula is Britain’s first official ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, with outstanding golf to match.
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Start off on Gower’s doorstep at Swansea, our bright and breezy maritime city. You’ll see it all – including Swansea Bay, Dylan Thomas’s ‘long and splendid curving shore’ – from hilly Clyne Golf Club. There are stunning views of the Brecon Beacons too from this moorland course, a fine test for all levels of handicap. Clyne is also renowned for its all-year playability, so fickle westerly weather needn’t spoil the show. Harry Colt designed Clyne. You’re in good hands: his influence can also be seen at Muirfield, Sunningdale, Royal Lytham & St Annes and many other courses around the world.
It’s just a short hop to Langland Bay on Gower’s sandy, south-facing shores. Here you’ll find a small but perfectly formed clifftop parkland course where more breathtaking views of mountains and sea are guaranteed, along with 18 great holes and that special Welsh breed of hospitality in the 19th.
Fairwood Park Golf Club, in the heart of Gower, is aptly named, for this course is set in 150 acres of fabulous woodland and parkland. Over 15,000 mature trees and water come into play on nearly half of its holes – the back nine are especially noted for their water features. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by its level nature and wide, forgiving fairways – a wayward drive could well end up with a dose of ‘wedge medicine’ in the trees.
Gower Golf Club on the north of the peninsula is a relative newcomer. You wouldn’t think that this parkland course, laid out by designer Donald Steel (the man behind St Andrews and Turnberry), is just 20 years old. It has settled well into its rolling landscape, with strategically placed bunkers and water hazards to tempt you into risky shots.
Finish off at the course that’s possibly Gower’s most celebrated. Pennard, the famous ‘links in the sky’, is another south Gower clifftop course, with sensational views overlooking Three Cliffs Bay. Classically undulating and tumbling links, 200ft above sea level, characterise a James Braid-influenced course that regularly attracts rave reviews in the golfing press.
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Go to Golf on Gower for a fuller round-up of what’s available, including hotels and special packages.