Off Time in Wales
range of golf courses are set to shake off their ‘best kept secret’
handicap and ‘putt’ themselves firmly on the world golfing map.
Over 200 courses throughout the country offer a wide variety of
challenges to suit all abilities – from the novice swinger to the
The appeal of
golfing in Wales lies in the sheer variety of courses available
to players. The diverse terrain of the country means there are some
unusual, challenging and exciting courses set in some of the most
scenic landscapes imaginable.
There are 201
golf courses to choose from including several championship courses,
mountain links and parkland courses.
The oldest course
in Wales, founded in 1888, is at Tenby in Pembrokeshire. Known as
‘The Burrows’, it is a championship seaside links course set in
the unspoilt beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast National Park, with
stunning views of Tenby’s tranquil, golden beaches.
best known courses in Wales are the two Royals – Portcrawl in the
south and St David’s in the north.
Royal St David’s
is within the spectacular Snowdonia National Park and offers international
class facilities. Set in the shadow of mighty Harlech Castle built
by Edward I, the course has magnificent views right across the Lyn
Peninsula and over to the peaks of Snowdon.
The Royal Porthcawl,
host of the 1995 Walker Cup, has a justified reputation as being
one of the finest examples of links golf in the world and has wonderful
For a game of
golf with a difference, visit Ian Woosnam’s haunt – the course at
Llanymynech which is on the border between Wales and England. On
the fourth hole you tee off in Wales and putt out in England and
only return to Wales three holes later! No passport needed of course.
There are a
growing number of hotels in Wales which offer special golfing holidays
and will make arrangements with a number of different local clubs.
There are also residential clubs in Wales where keen golfers can
eat, sleep, drink and talk golf with like minded enthusiasts. Residential
courses include St Pierre Golf Club and Country Club near Chepstow,
The Celtic Manor Resort near Newport and St David’s Park at Ewloe,