Created by Margaret Tully.
Where is that next golfing vacation going to be held? Are the whole family not golfers? Wales combines its stunning scenery with fantastic golf courses
Wales, a wonderful country in the United Kingdom, is the perfect destination for lovers of the outdoors. Offering excellent walking trails, mountaineering, and caving, all on dry land and exceptional long stretches of natural beaches, for the windsurfer, or the beachcomber, down on the water. Until the Celtic Manor golf resort hosted the Ryder Cup of Golf, Wales was perhaps overlooked as a fantastic golf destination. It has over two hundred superb golf courses spread all over the country, offering a variety of course type, from exceptional links courses with breathtaking scenery, to inland, well manicured courses, with outstanding off course facilities.
Let’s take a look at just some of the courses you can play, on your Golf Vacation…
Nefyn & District Golf Club
Set on the most unique part of the Welsh landscape, this 26 hole course in North Wales is world famous for its 8 holes played on what is known as “The Point”. A leg of land that juts out to the sea, giving the golfer fantastic views from all sides, out to the wild and wonderful water. From April 2015, an extra hole will be open to play, making it possible to spend even more time out on this unique and natural part of the course. The golf club is a friendly and very warm place to have an after game lunch or dinner, there is a brilliant carvery, which makes for a traditional and homely time spent with local Welsh people. There is a great golf school and driving range facilities.
The little town of Nefyn is well worth a visit, as it has a quaintness of its own. This course is ideal for the whole family, as there are many other activities for the non-golfer to find in the surrounding area.
Royal St.David’s, Harlech
With royal status you know this course has to be good, and have stood the test of time. Created in the late 19th century, around the Edwardian period. It is not at all old fashioned, always changing and finding ways of re-challenging the golfer, in its constant upgrading and re-forming of holes. The loop around the sand dunes at the last holes are a great challenge, and firmly makes this course one of the best links courses in Britain. With views to the Harlech Castle as you return to the clubhouse, only adds to the grandeur of this prestigious course. Harlech Castle is a wonderful historical site to visit and the surrounding countryside is yet again not to be missed. Set not far from the Snowdonian National Park, this is also ideal for a family vacation where non-golfers would feel they were also catered for.
Royal Porthcawl, Bridgend
A wonderful championship links course that is unique in that it is fairly flat for a links course. The views are therefore constant, out to the various views on every side. It is challenging in that it has a slope towards the sea and no real way of stopping the ball, except with sheer skill of course. It is an old course which has seen many changes, but the clubhouse remains traditional and the etiquette of golf is at the top of its list, making this a true golf course embracing the gentlemanly practices, that give you that authentic golf experience. The wind on this course comes at you from all angles, and you will have to rethink your game plan at every hole, and every time you play, no two rounds are the same.
Celtic Manor Golf Club and Spa
When this course was created, golf in Wales took off in a massive way. Set in the Usk Valley in South Wales this course is ideal for combining a multi British country vacation, being that it is only an hour and a half from London Heathrow. The facilities at this club are second to none, its standards set by the hosting of the Ryder Cup. Don’t feel you have to be the best golfer in the world though, it is a welcoming and friendly course for the beginner and there are great teachers of golf on hand to help and guide you. This is definitely the best choice for the whole family or those with non-golfers in their party. The spa is well rated as being one of the best in Britain, and its outdoor recreational areas are filled with many trails and even a children s nature adventure park. The golf course itself though is simply stunning, the greens are kept immaculate and the challenging holes and water hazards, although clearly you want to avoid them, are lovely natural oasis that are teaming with bird life. When you visit Wales you have to play golf at this club.
Pennard Golf Club, Swansea
Known as “the links in the sky”, basically because it has all the features of a links course but is in fact 200ft above sea level. Set in acres of sand dunes and gorse bushes, you feel as though your feet are going to get wet any minute. Set in the Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula, you will be excused for walking off course onto one of the many beautiful trails that lead past the ruins of Pennard Castle, down to the stunning beach of Three Cliffs Bay. The golf course is challenging and welcoming, with a few short holes that on a wind free day are almost easy. The area that it is set in is the big draw, as there are so many other activities that you can get involved with, as well as golf. This golf course gives you the experience of playing a round of golf with your friends on a Sunday afternoon, afterwards a few beers and a dissection of what went wrong.
Hopefully you will now have a sense of golf in Wales from our selection, but remember wherever you choose to holiday in Wales, a golf course will be nearby. Click HERE to see great accommodation in this great destination.