We’re talking golf not boxing when we say that Wales is a small country that punches well above its weight. An incredibly memorable 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, put it firmly on the golfing map. But that’s just part of the story. They’ve been playing golf here since the late 1800s and there are more than 200 courses to choose from – not bad for a country that’s just 170 miles long by 60 miles wide.
Bounded on three sides by 870 miles of windswept coastline, it’s hardly surprising that Wales is particularly well blessed with inspirational links courses. From the Open Qualifying Conwy in the north to Royal Porthcawl in the south – venue for the 2014 Senior Open Championship – a journey along Wales’s coast is a pilgrimage no links-loving golfer should miss. Along the way, you’ll find the iconic Nefyn & District. Set on a narrow strip of land projecting into the Irish Sea, it’s often likened to playing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Watched over by the imposing edifice of Harlech Castle, the rugged links of Royal St David’s never lack for drama. Other highlights include Aberdovey – beloved of legendary sports writer Bernard Darwin – and Pennard’s famous ‘links in the sky’.
The Total Package
Alongside world-class links, Wales is home to stunning parkland courses like Vale of Llangollen – nestled in a lush valley along the banks of the River Dee – and mountainous Cradoc at the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. You’ll also find rolling heathland at Bull Bay on Anglesey and coastal moorland at Clyne on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. If you’re seeking a luxury five-star playing experience, there are also state-of-the-art golfing resorts like Celtic Manor and The Vale, both near Cardiff in the south.
The final ingredient is the Wales’s natural devotion to ‘golf as it should be’. This means players can expect an unstuffy attitude, excellent value-for-money and a warm welcome, both on the course and in the clubhouse. If you’re looking for a new and truly enjoyable golfing experience, Wales is a destination you can’t afford to miss.
Visit the Visit Wales golf website - www.golfasitshouldbe.com - to learn more about playing golf in Wales.