The crowning jewel of the principality

South Wales remains a real heavyweight of golf in the UK, especially considering the many iconic and legendary resorts and courses in this picturesque region. From exceptional stay & play resorts in Cardiff and Newport to the world-class links courses situated near Swansea, a golf break in South Wales offers unparalleled quality and variety.

Why book a golf break to South Wales?

  • Stay & play at world-renowned golf resorts
  • Play a selection of the UK's top links courses
  • Experience the 2010 Ryder Cup venue
  • Great golf & nightlife in Cardiff & Swansea
  • Easily accessible & great for groups
  • Blend beautiful scenery with outstanding accommodation

The best of South Wales golfing scene

Wales is celebrated for possessing some of the finest golf courses in the UK, particularly in the stunning landscapes across South Wales. With over 140 courses scattered throughout the country, including Ryder Cup and Senior Open Championship venues, golfers are spoilt for choice and often find it difficult to plan their trip. To address your curiosity, we've compiled a list of the most exceptional golf courses in the South Wales region:

  • Twenty Ten Course, Celtic Manor

Iconic resorts such as the former Ryder Cup venue, Celtic Manor, have left an indelible mark on golfers for generations. With three remarkable championship courses - Twenty Ten, Montgomerie, and Roman Road - it's no wonder Celtic Manor ranks among our top-selling destinations.

Named after its hosting of the 2010 Ryder Cup, the Twenty Ten course witnessed the European team rain supreme over the USA's squad. Crafted specifically for the Ryder Cup, this par-71 South Wales course spans 7,493 yards and is a must-play in South Wales.

  • Royal Porthcawl

Situated west of Cardiff, off the beaten track, lies a top-ranked course - Royal Porthcawl. Exposed to the elements, with the Bristol Channel forcing Atlantic gales, it offers a challenging experience. Despite its historical obscurity, hosting the 2014 Senior Open Championship, clinched by Bernhard Langer, propelled Royal Porthcawl into the spotlight. Since then, Porthcawl has gone on to host two more Senior Open Championships thanks to its growing success and popularity.

  • Pennard Golf Club

Pennard Golf Club, a top-rated links course, offers over a century of golfing history. Founded in 1896, it welcomes all with warm hospitality, set just 8 miles from Swansea with stunning views over Three Cliffs Bay, earning it the nickname 'The Links in the Sky'. The 6225-yard, par-71 course boasts challenging terrain framed by gorse and heather. Its back nine, weaving through dunes and cliffs, captivates with its coastal beauty. Despite awkward lies and sea breezes, golfers are drawn to Pennard's incredible setting for an unforgettable experience.

  • The Wales National Course, The Vale

The Wales National Course ranks among the longest courses outside the USA, stretching 7433 yards from its Championship tees. The course was established in 2003 to USGA specifications. Over the years, it has welcomed prestigious events like Euro-Pro and Challenge Tour tournaments, as well as FIRST PLUS Wales Seniors Open in 2006 and the Wales Challenge Tour in 2007.

The Vale Resort's has two superb golf courses waiting to be played. The Lake Course, beloved by Golfbreaks customers, is renowned for its intricate layout and array of meticulously crafted holes, set amidst the stunning Glamorgan countryside just a short 15-minute drive from Cardiff City Centre.

Stay & play in South Wales

South Wales boasts a selection of top stay-and-play golf destinations South Wales boasts a selection of our favourite stay-and-play golf destinations, with the perfect blend of championship golf, indulgent spas, fine dining, and well-appointed accommodation. Whether you seek hotels fit for large groups or just for pairs, our curated list of Wales' best golf resorts ensures your ultimate bucket-list golf break.

  • Celtic Manor

Celtic Manor is undoubtedly one of the best resorts in the UK, boasting a plethora of accommodation options catering to every need, with groups in mind.

Relax in a luxurious five-star resort hotel or immerse yourself in history at the 19th-century Manor House, offering 65 modern rooms and an Asian-inspired restaurant. For a self-catering experience, opt for the five-star Hunter Lodges, accommodating up to eight golfers and featuring private hot tubs.

Alternatively, just five minutes away you can unwind after your round at the four-star Coldra Court Hotel. The venue offers spacious rooms and leisure facilities perfect for your golf retreat. Explore The Rib Smokehouse and Grill for the perfect post-round meal, or unwind at the Springs Health Club.

  • The Vale Resort

Nestled amidst 650 acres of Welsh countryside, the four-star Vale Resort is a premier golf destination. Enjoy golf, spa, and superb dining at the Vale Grill.

Rooms offer picturesque views, plush bedding, and modern bathrooms. Indulge in dining options from Vale Grill to the Salamanza Champagne Bar. The largest spa in Wales offers indulgent treatments, and the leisure facilities include a 20-metre pool, fitness studio, and tennis courts.

The Vale Resort emerges as the epitome of the après-golf experience, conveniently located a mere 15-minute drive from Cardiff city centre, promising guests an unforgettable experience of vibrant nightlife and sublime golf.

  • St Pierre

Nestled in 400 acres of picturesque parkland in Chepstow, Wales, St Pierre Country Club offers a great setting for your stay. The historic 14th-century Manor House, boasts modern amenities, including 132 guest rooms with luxury bedding, and 24-hour room service. Most rooms offer stunning views of the golf courses and lakes.

The resort has a wide range of restaurants, ready to cater to every guest's needs. The Cast Iron Bar & Grill boasts a diverse menu from pasta to burgers. For drinks, the scenic Trophy Bar overlooking the 18th hole is a great location.

Golf travel tips for South Wales

Best months for golfing weather:

May to September

Best months for value:

April & October

Most popular months:

May, June & September

Our experts recommend:

April & October

Explore by map

Not sure where to play? Browse our map and find your ideal destination in a continent of possibilities. We know you will be spoiled for choice! Remember our knowledgeable golf experts are ready to answer any questions.

Activities off the course

Southern Wales is a region teeming with diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. While it's renowned for its exceptional golf courses, the region offers an array of attractions beyond the fairways.

Whether seeking outdoor adventures, bustling nightlife, or sightseeing, Wales has something for everyone. Let's delve into the myriad experiences awaiting you away from the golf course.

  • Hiking

Explore the land's breathtaking natural scenery with its extensive network of hiking trails. From the rugged coastline of the Gower Peninsula to the majestic peaks of the Brecon Beacons, you are spoiled for choice. Discover woodlands, waterfalls, and panoramic viewpoints along trails like the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or the iconic Pen y Fan.

  • Nightlife

As the sun sets, Cardiff and Swansea come alive with a vibrant nightlife scene sure to excite golfers. Experience the energy of Cardiff, the country's bustling capital, renowned for its array of bars, pubs, and clubs. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Swansea's buzzing streets, where live music venues entertain late into the night.

  • Sightseeing

The vicinity boasts rich historical landmarks, like Cardiff or Caerphilly Castle. Wander through charming market towns like Hay-on-Wye, known as the "Town of Books," or Tenby with its pastel-coloured houses and pristine beaches. There are many hidden gems waiting to be explored.

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