Best golf courses in Wales
With such a large amount of golf courses, choosing where to play in Wales can be a daunting task. We've selected our nine favourites to help you decide.
As you take in the fantastic views of the famous Three Cliffs Bay over to Oxwich Bay, it is understandable that you may lose focus of your golf game for a moment. You must definitely take a step back for a minute on the 16th green to take in your surroundings.
Conwy Golf Club, North Wales, is the third oldest golf club in Wales and it lies at the mouth of the River Conwy. The club is overlooked by Conwy Mountain on its south side, overlooks Llandudno’s Great Orme on its north side and has the Isle of Anglesey visible to the west.
Despite being relatively flat, the winds that batter the Caernarvonshire coastline make this golf course a real test for every standard of golfer.
Located off the beaten track to the west of Cardiff, you will find Wales’ number one ranked course – Royal Porthcawl. The course is extremely exposed to the elements, with the Bristol Channel acting as a funnel for the Atlantic gales.
For years the course, unfairly, was relatively unknown but the hosting of the 2014 Senior Open Championship, won by Bernhard Langer, helped boost the popularity of this course. Three years later, after successfully hosting Senior Open championship, the event returned and was once again won by the evergreen Bernhard Langer.
2017 Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood described Machynys Peninsula as “arguably the best man-made links in the world,” so it is no wonder the course is the youngest ever to be awarded an R&A championship. Just 12 years after its opening, the course was named as a qualifying venue for the 2017 Senior Open, which was also played in Wales at Royal Porthcawl.
The £3.5 million spent on the course, and even more on the clubhouse, reflects in the quality of golf and service you receive, whether that be before, during or after your round.
Amid the lofty sand dunes hugging the South Wales golfing coast of Porthcawl, you will find the fantastic Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club. The views here are just as amazing as the golf, with the Bristol Channel, Gower Peninsula, Sker House and the Welsh Mountains all visible from various points on the course.
Enjoy the front-nine, because it is the back-nine where the real challenge begins, with the dunes coming into play from the 11th onwards. The last three holes here are regarded as some of the best closing holes in golf.