Golf and spa day
Great golf and sumptuous spas are the perfect pairing. In South and West Wales you’ll find world-class golf alongside award-winning spas. Go on, give yourself (and your partner) a treat. You’re worth it.
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Golfers who appreciate the finer things in life are spoiled for choice here in Wales. Many of our finest courses come complete with their own luxurious spas, making it easy to combine a round with some R&R. Take Celtic Manor Resort near Newport. It’s famous for its three championship courses – including the storied Twenty Ten – but its award-winning Forum Spa is just as impressive. It’s the perfect place to unwind after some Ryder Cup-style heroics out on the fairway.
We have lots of other options for the ultimate pars and spas trip. The Vale Resort in the Vale of Glamorgan boasts two championship courses, The Lake and The Wales National, and the complete range of pampering spa break experiences. As the name suggests, The Lake makes quite a splash, with water in play on 12 of its 18 holes. The mighty Wales National weighs in at 7,433 yards, making it one of the longest courses outside the US and a giant-sized challenge for any golfer.
Designed by CK Cotton, The Old Course at The Marriott St Pierre in the border town of Chepstow has hosted the British Masters eight times. Winners of this illustrious competition have included five different Ryder Cup captains – Ian Woosnam, Seve Ballasteros, Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher and Bernhard Langer. Play here and you’re walking in the footsteps of giants. Afterwards, relax with a treatment at The Beauty Rooms.
The course at Bryn Meadows Hotel and Spa in the South Wales Valleys may not be the longest, but it squeezes plenty of challenge into its 6,021 yards where the emphasis is on accuracy rather than power. It takes concentration, unlike the completely stress-free zone at its luxury boutique ‘Fusion Spa and Wellness’ centre.
Machynys Peninsula Golf Club and Spa near Llanelli, is Wales’s first Nicklaus-designed course. Opened in 2005, it has wasted no time in making a name for itself and has already hosted an unprecedented eight championships, including two R&A Championships and four Ladies European Tour Championships of Europe. Its Monks Spa, named after a monastery built on the peninsula, is a holistic haven for mind and body.
OK, so it isn’t a golf hotel, but no spa lover should miss the opportunity to sample the delights of St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot. Perched in a cliff overlooking the harbour, it’s a five-star spa experience with dramatic views to match. Should you feel the need to get your clubs out, head to nearby Tenby where you’ll find a classy coastal links that stakes a claim to being the oldest course in Wales.
Need to know
Don’t limit yourself to one base on this trip. All the hotels are close together, so you should really try and soak up every last spa-filled one of them.