Looking to play the best golf courses in Wales? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in Wales.
You can enjoy golf any time of the year in Wales, however, the peak season typically runs from May to September. The summers are short in this small country, one that shares a border with England.
In our list, you will find the name “James Braid” a few times. He was a Scottish golf course designer who left his mark on golf in Wales as well.
A legendary figure in golf history, Braid’s historical courses remain the choice ones in Wales, however, don’t expect much distance on the courses that he designed in Wales.
Also on our list is a nine-hole course that is well worth testing out as one of wildcards for the best golf courses in Wales.
1. Celtic Manor (The Twenty Ten Course)
Located in Caerleon, Newport, The Twenty Ten Course opened in 2007 at the Celtic Manor Resort.
The Twenty Ten Course was originally built to host the 2010 Ryder Cup – hence the name of the newest of the three Celtic Manor courses.
It joins the Montgomerie and Roman Road, which are worthy of significant note in their own right as the original two courses at the highly acclaimed Celtic Manor.
Golfers can expect a championship-level course with a lot of water hazards on the Twenty Ten course.
Designer Ross McMurray created a very lengthy course, one that is way out at 7,493 total yards. That length makes it this par-71 the longest course in this list by a long shot.
2. Aberdovey Golf Club
The Aberdovey Golf Club is located near Aberdyfi, Aberdovey in the northern part of Wales.
A historical course, James Braid designed this one in the late 1800s. A short course at just 6,535 total yards, Aberdovey is a par-71 affair that is inside the Snowdonia National Park.
The venue has hosted a number of amateur tournaments over the decades and has received many favourable reviews.
Peter Baker, an English professional golfer, described the course as: “From the moment you see the fantastic scenery along the estuary you know you are in a magical place with tranquility and spectacular view. Once you have been to Aberdovey you know you will be back again very soon.”
3. Pennard Golf Course
The Pennard Golf Course is another James Braid creation. It dates back to 1896 in Southgate, Wales, located just eight miles away from Swansea.
A par-71 course, this Braid creation is also very short at just 6,420 yards, but don’t let you think that it is a pushover.
The course is 200 feet above sea level and, like a lot of courses in Wales, it is of the links design.
4. Langland Bay Golf Club
The Langland Bay Golf Club course is exceptionally short at just 6,026 yards, but is one of the best in the country.
It is a par-70 venue in Newton, Wales, and is a course that was opened in 1904.
James Braid, the legendary Scottish designer, also designed this course, and he features heavily in this shortlist.
Golfers should expect lots of bunkers at this 18-hole course, one that is reputed for being in an area with a lot of natural beauty around Langland Bay near Swansea.
5. St Melyd Golf Club
Located near Prestatyn in northern Wales, St Melyd Golf Club‘s golf course dates back more than one hundred years to 1922.
It is a nine-hole course of the parkland style, which is a nice contrast to the 18-hole links-style courses that you will find in most best of lists for Wales.
At par-34 and 2,893 yards for total length, this is not a course that challenges the big hitters. However, expect tree-lined fairways, elevated greens, wooded areas, and open-to-the-public accessibility.
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