Golf courses in North, Mid, West and South Wales.


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Founded 1900 - Course Type Parkland - Par 69 - Yards 5891

Unless you are hell-bent on ignoring Snowdon, wherever you play in the north west tip of Wales it is very difficult to escape being stunned by the views - Caernarfon is no exception.

Even the most focussed golfer can't remain oblivious to these surroundings and at Caernarfon they are particularly proud of the spectacular sights of the mountains, the Menai Strait and Anglesey that can be seen from everywhere on the courses.

The course was redesigned in 1981 and recent clubhouse comments claim it has never played better - a friendly welcome and a nice unwind to any tour or short break.

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Links Golf : Castle Hotel

Founded 1890 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6647

Conwy has given its name to a river, a mountain, a magnificent castle with a complete ring of medieval town walls and championship links golf course that played a distinctive roll in two World Wars. Golf was being played on this flat spur of land at the mouth of the River Conwy in 1869 and a 12-hole course was built on this stretch of sand hills, ditches, gorse and fine old turf by 1875 but it was another 15 years before the club was officially formed. It became one of the foremost championship venues in Wales but, requisitioned as an army training camp, it was virtually destroyed between 1914-18.

Members restored it to its former glory but in 1943 mysterious things started to happen on the back on the second green – under great secrecy 900 workmen began building sections of the Mulberry Harbour which was launched into the river and shipped south to play its crucial role on D-Day. Once more members brought it back to life and it has played a major role in championship golf ever since, the quality of its challenge matched by a spectacular setting between mountain, river and sea.

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Maesdu (Llandudno).

Celtic Golf: Beaches Hotel

Founded 1915 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6545

You can be sure of a warmer welcome at Llandudno's Maesdu course than that received by a group of Norwegians in the year 1098 AD. They came by sea an had on their minds that which couldn't be compared with golf. The bloody battle of Deganwy ensued and the ground upon which they fought was named Maesdu (black field). More than 800 years later the same terrain was eyed with less belligerent intent by Llandudno Council who allocated the land for a golf course.

Although Llandudno already possessed the excellent North Wales links course, they were keen to encourage tourism. They achieved more than that because Maesdu became one of Britain 's top professional venues in the 1950's and 1960's regularly hosting the famous Penfold Tournament.

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Nefyn & District.

Special Offers: Nanhoron Arms / Plas Isa

Founded 1907 - Course Type Clifftop - Par 71 - Yards 6548

As they say, a picture paints a thousand words and no hole in the world confronts the golfer with the distractions to be met on the par five 12th at Nefyn. It has a blind drive, a blind second shot, a crater-sized pothole, a public thoroughfare and a public house.

Ian Woosnam ranks it among his favourites and I think still holds the club record with a 67?

A must to play twice!

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Northop Country Park.

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Founded 1993 - Course Type Parkland - Par 68 - Yards 6548

For a fairly young course, Northop has achieved maturity and reputation very rapidly. In it's first season it hoste d the 1994 Welsh PGA National Championship.

Designed by John Jacobs the course makes the most of the 72 acres of rich parkland it is set in. Our favourite holes are the 8th , a downhill par 5 and the 16th, 380 yard dog-legged par 4 with water to the right, trees to the left and a stream in front of the green which will challenge all-comers.

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Llandudno North Wales.

Links Golf: Castle Hotel

Founded 1894 - Course Type Links - Par 71 - Yards 6287

One of the oldest courses on Wales's northern coastline, North Wales was once described by the great Henry Cotton as "a gem". Situated on Llandudno's West Shore, this natural links course has long contributed to the attractions of this popular resort and helps to make the area a magnet for the golfing tourist. North Wales offers its biggest challenge to those golfers blessed with a hook for its front nine runs out alongside the railway line and the back none returns along the coast. It saves two of its toughest tests for the end – the 16th and 17th holes.

They are back-to-back par threes, and short ones at that, but they are extremely difficult. Nicknamed 'O Hell' and 'Hello', they face in opposite directions and therefore serve up the wind in your face and at your back. The 16th points directly into the prevailing wind and can require any tee shot from a three-wood to a nine-iron. The 17th thereupon reverses the problem and, between them, they can cause havoc with your score.

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Links Golf: Sportsman / Plas Isa

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Founded 1894 - Course Type Links - Par 71 - Yards 6287

Porthmadog Golf Club is situated only a mile or so from Clough-Williams Ellis's world famous Italianate village at Portmeirion where the TV series 'The Prisoner' was filmed – and Porthmadog's intriguing mixture of heath and linksland can be just as captivating.

Created at the turn of the century by James Braid, the genius course designer of his day, the course has two distinct halves. The front nine are away from the coast and although the soil is sandy the terrain is more accurately described as heathland. But it is none the worse for that, especially with the presence of water making itself felt on five of the holes. The back nine head for the sea, and some beautiful scenery, and the course is transformed into pure links that have been likened to a miniature Troon. Certainly, there's a lot to the locals' claims that these are the most natural nine holes in Wales. None come tougher or more fascinating than the 14th. Called the Himalayas, this is a 378-yards par four that demands you drive over a huge natural bunker that hides the fairway from tee. Following immediately after the scenic delights of the cliff top 13th green this will ensure a memorable round.

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Celtic Golf: Beaches Hotel

Founded 1905 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6564

Another of the unspoilt links courses which line the Welsh coastline. Built in 1905, Prestatyn has long been a favourite with top golfers because it has several particularly challenging holes but it can be enjoyed by the holiday golfer who will be impressed by the extensive facilities available in the updated clubhouse.

Prestatyn has been altered considerably since it was first laid out. Two holes were on the side of the road to the sea and the club house was the Grand Hotel. Two holes were eventually added among the sand dunes and the hotel was handed back to the holiday makers. Exposed to both the westerly and northwesterly winds, the links also present players with the problem of the Prestatyn Gutter, a deep and wide draining ditch that comes into play on six of the holes.

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Links Golf: Sportsman

Founded 1900 - Course Type Links - Par 69 - Yards 6108

David Lloyd George was one of our more colourful Prime Ministers and is remembered in the song 'Lloyd George Knew my Father'. Whether he did or not, he certainly knew Pwllhelli golf course because he performed the official opening ceremony in 1909.

The club had been formed in 1900 but only as a nine-hole course designed by Tom Morris of Hoylake amid the dunes. The ubiquitous course designer James Braid added a further nine and Lloyd George, a keen golfer who was born in nearby Criccieth, was happy to add it to the many courses he played in the area. The nine holes added by Braid take you over gentle Links which contrasts sharply with the original nine on traditional linksland and together they make a delightful test. Pwllheli claim that the clubhouse is closer to the sea than any in the UK and the views over Cardigan Bay and up to Snowdonia provide a superb backcloth.

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Royal St. David's.

Links Golf: Plas Isa

Founded 1894 - Course Type Links - Par 69 - Yards 6571

A former president of Royal St David's put it perfectly: "Harlech is a magical place". So it is. Deep in Merlin country, the course is in the shadow of the towering castle built by Edward I in the 13th century to keep the Welsh in check. It is a matter of historic irony that those majestic ramparts now form the backcloth of a golf course that subjugates Englishmen or, indeed, any visitor.

Royal St David's - like Royal Porthcawl - would be counted in any list of the world's best courses. When the castle was built, the sea lapped the rocks beneath it but over the centuries retreated to leave the expanse of natural linksland that was never meant to be anything other that a great golf course. Only twice do successive holes proceed the same direction so the wind invariably spreads trouble among the dunes and although it is not long, it has been described by professionals as the world's toughest par 69. Host to a throng of championships in its time including the 2001 Wales Seniors Open and favoured by all manner of men – in 1934, King George V was Patron and the Prince of Wales was Captain – Royal St David's has rewarded many a long journey with a unique experience.

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St Deiniol - Bangor.

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Founded 1905 - Course Type Parkland - Par 68 - Yards 5654

Perched on the side of Bangor Mountain, St Deiniol Club offers compensations in return for the demands it makes. It is a tough test, both on your physical stamina and your golfing ability, but you get your rewards in the heavenly views. The gorse that has always been a major feature of the course has been thinned out over the years but still plays a major part in shaping the narrow fairways and putting a premium on accuracy.

The 13th hole probably defines the essence of St Deiniol – a short dog-legged par 4 with out of bounds over a high wall on the right, gorse on the left and a quarry helping to guard the green – enjoy!

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Llandrindod Wells

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Founded 1905 - Course Type Parkland - Par 69 - Yards 5759

In 1905 a group of local businessmen had the foresight to establish an 18-hole golf course on land overlooking the spa town of Llandrindod Wells to service the needs of the thousands of visitors that flocked to the town to “take the waters”. The course was designed by six times open champion Harry Vardon, and altered some years later by James Braid, to produce, essentially, the superb course of 18 challenging holes, almost 5800 yards in length (par 69), that you see today.

Located just outside the Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells, in the heart of picturesque Mid Wales, the course offers unrivalled views over the town from which it takes its name, and the soft sweeping hills of the Welsh Marches over whose dimpled heights soft blue and purple shadows make such a play on a sunny day, chasing one another as it seems from ridge to ridge, and causing even the least susceptible lover of nature to pause and admire.

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Founded 1892 - Course Type Links - Par 71 - Yards 6445

It says much for Aberdovey that among the legions captivated by this classic links course are two golfing greats from different times and backgrounds. Bernard Darwin, of Cambridge and The Times, was a top amateur – he played in the first Walker Cup match in 1922 – and the first literary giant of the game.

Ian Woosnam, from a Welsh border farm, fought his way up through the professional ranks to become Wales's first major championship winner. They both fell in love with Aberdovey. Darwin was there when the club was founded in 1892 but remembers golf being played on that precious strip of turf between sea and the seashore and hills in the early 1800's when they cut nine flowerpots into the soil as holes. Woosnam has also found it to be a spiritual home and has sought respite there from the demands of the world circuit. The course is just outside the pretty resort at the mouth of the Dovey and wends a traditional route out and back, with sand dunes as sentinels and the wind as friend and foe. It is a place worth a long pilgrimage for any golfer.

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Borth & Ynyslas.

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Founded 1885 - Course Type Links - Par 70 - Yards 6116

Borth's claims to be the oldest course in Wales are very impressive. Tenby beat then to it by forming the first club in 1890, but golf was being played along the natural linksland north of Borth for many years before that and an 18 hole course was in existence by 1885. After the club was formed in 1888, Borth became one of the founder members of the Welsh Golfing Union and the Open event they began in 1894 still continues to this day.

Situated on the opposite side of the Dyfi Estuary to Aberdovey, the Borth course is a traditional links course with many shared fairways and the layout to which the celebrated designer Harry Colt put the finishing touches in the 1940's survives. One of its main attractions is that it is not physically demanding which allow golfers of varying abilities to enjoy its delights, but it can be a stern test. Donald Steel summed it up with his comment "it is a highly enjoyable holiday course with the capacity to challenge the best players".

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Builth Wells.

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Founded 1923 - Course Type Parkland - Par 66 - Yards 5376

Its central location makes Builth one of Wales ' most accessible courses as well as one of the most popular and it is difficult to decide who is more proud of the place, the members or the visitors. The course traces a 5,376 yard trail through woodland and around water. Many holes demand accuracy rather than distance while small and well-guarded greens ass to the trickery of it all.

Even the clubhouse is a collectors piece. It is a listed building, being a converted 15th century Welsh Long House featuring some of the original oak beams. It boasts two large fires which add to the clubs convivial and comfortable atmosphere.

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Founded 1895 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6687

One of the most startling of the unsung courses of Wales is to be found high on a hill overlooking the Teifi Estuary at Gwerbert, two miles from the historic town of Cardigan. You don't have to take a Welshman's word for it. Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal, doyen of American golf writers, came to Wales in 1993 to give Royal Porthcawl the once over. He had never been to Wales before and was so impressed he changed his plans so that he and his wife could do a ten-day tour. The game he played at Cardigan was extolled to his readers as one of the highlights: "With the possible exception of Pebble Beach, the view from the top of the Cardigan course is the finest I've seen anywhere in golf".

Cardigan's three finishing holes through bracken and linksland are particularly enjoyable and the sight from the tee of the short 16th is worth framing. In August the club stages a mach between members and any visitor who cares to turn up. The visitors don't often win but the sing-song in the evening is worth the beating.

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Spa Golf: Nnant Duu Hotel

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Founded 1967 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6331

Overlooking the Brecon Beacons is Cradoc golf course. Designed by the veteran C.K Cotton, the course not only benefits from some fantastic views but the golf is just one of those pleasures you must ensure you experience when visiting this most beautiful part of Wales. It's signature hole must surly be the 3rd, whilst only 118 yards in distance it certainly makes up for this by presenting before you a beautiful pond which runs from the front of the green around to the right.

If you clear the water you must then avoid the bunkers that await the shorter hit. If you play too safe then the trees behind the green will take care of you - one of our favourites this one.

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Penrhos Golf & Country Club.

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Founded 1991 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6641

Mid Wales' only play and stay golf and leisure complex. A warm welcome awaits you at Penrhos whether it is for a round of golf, a golf break or a leisure break. Penrhos nestles in the Wyre Valley some nine miles south of Aberystwyth. The golf course boasts some panoramic views over cardigan Bay for all to enjoy.

The superbly designed 18 hole championship length golf course provides a challenge for even the most competent golfer and there is also a 9 hole course and driving range. Their own professional is there to provide help, tuition and lessons are available too. The country club also has an excellent golf and sports shop. Whatever your interest, we are sure you will enjoy a relaxing and memorable stay at Penrho.

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Links Golf: Stradey Park Hotel

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Founded 1894 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6627

One of the classic Welsh links courses, Ashburnham celebrated it's centenary in 1994 by staging the British Home International Team Championships. This was the latest in a long line of important tournaments held here since the early 1900's when Harry Vardon said: "This is the course I like best in Wales".

His sentiments have been endorsed by more modern professionals. Bernard Gallagher, Europe's former Ryder Cup captain, won his first tournament here in 1969, and it was here that Sam Torrence also gained his first title in 1976 – yet another Ryder Cup Captain. Overlooking Carmarthen Bay, the course has its first two and final two holes inland near the clubhouse Holes three to eight strike out, parallel to the sea, straight in to the prevailing wind and holes nine to 15 run back wit the wind directly behind. With out-of-bounds and assorted trouble on the right in both directions there is no peace for the slicer. Neither are the fairways of a generous width and the fact that the current course record is no lower that 70- bears witness to the credentials of the challenge.

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Founded 1920 - Course Type Moorland - Par 70 - Yards 6323

At the entrance to the beautiful Gower Peninsular lies Clyne Golf Club, commanding wonderful views in all directions.

The planning, designing and layout of the course were entrusted to Messrs H S Colt and Harries, the leading golf architects of the day. The original layout established all the important features and it is to the credit of the architects that the course has remained virtually unchanged to this day. The course is laid out on the high ground of Clyne Common about three to four hundred feet above sea level. The turf is of the moorland type, although gradually changing in character over the years as a result of fertilisation. There are, owing to the undulating ground, many natural hazards, apart from the large number of bunkers. There is also gorse and bracken in profusion, with some strategically planted trees.

The course is featured in Peter Alliss's book "The 200 Best Golf Courses in the British Isles". Interestingly, Peter Alliss's father, Percy, was Clyne's first professional from 1920 to 1926.

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Fairwood Park.

Sunday Driver: Dragon Hotel

Founded 1969 - Course Type Parkland - Par 73 - Yards 6754

This 6,700 yard course has twice hosted the Welsh PGA Championships and is therefore the only course in Swansea that can claim 'Championship' status. Situated on the Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first designated area of outstanding natural beauty, Fairwood Park is an 18 hole undulating parkland championship golf course situated in 150 acres of majestic terrain and is located just 15 minutes from Swansea.

Buggies are available for hire and since Fairwood Park is the longest golf course in Swansea, they are often a popular option with both members and visitors alike!  Fairwood Park has two separate practice areas devoted to the long and short-iron games as well as a practice putting green and practice nets.

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Gower Golf & Country Club.

Celtic Golf: Dragon Hotel / Gower Golf Club

Sunday Driver: Gower Golf Club / Dragon Hotel

Founded 1995 - Course Type Parkland - Par 71 - Yards 6441

The Gower Golf Club is an established countryside venue with a commitment to Quality Hospitality. A delightful rural location has been enhanced by a tasteful development of the traditional buildings to create a venue with Old Style charm yet focused on the most modern levels of customer care.

The 18-hole course was designed by Donald Steel who has planned 8 European Tour courses and is Consultant Course Architect to the R&A at St Andrews .

The Rolling Countryside has been transformed into one of the most exciting golf challenges in South Wales where the contours, trees and water have been sympathetically utilised to create a natural 18 hole- Par 71 course of 6441 yds. The greens have been shaped and constructed to USGA specification to create free-draining surfaces able to withstand heavy use. Questions will be asked of the most experienced golfer and a strategic approach is required on many of the holes. In a short time, the course has been recognised for its merits and has hosted Glamorgan County Golf matches.

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Machynys Golf & Country Club.

Links Golf: Stradey Park Hotel

Special Offers: Dragon Hotel

Founded 2005 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 7100

This stunning golf course is the first Nicklaus Design course in Wales. With it's stunning views across Carmarthen Bay and it's 7,100 yards of links style championship course it is a must for any golfer visiting South West Wales.

Machynys is also proud to announce that it is the Ryder Cup Wales venue for the 2005 Wales Ladies Championship of Europe.

With it's 5 star Brassier Restaurant, Health club and luxury spa as well as a full menu of massage and beauty treatments there is also something special for the après golfer in you.

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Celtic Golf: Dragon Hotel

Founded 1896 - Course Type Links - Par 71 - Yards 6231

They call Pennard the 'links in the sky' because although it has all the trappings of a seaside links course - it is perched high on a cliff-top west of Swansea This brings a double benefit to the lovers of links golf – the sand-based fairways offer the usual pleasures; and its lofty position provides outstanding views.

There is also considerable advantage that it's usually playable when other courses succumb to the elements. Apart from that, it is an excellent golf course and often plays host to big championships of the amateur game in Wales. Pennard was designed by the great James Braid whose skill is behind many of Wales's best layouts and has been developed to meet modern needs with extended tees and improved fairways and greens. It proves very popular with American golfers and is often included in packages which also take in Royal Birkdale and the Belfry.

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Swansea Bay.

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Founded 1892 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6605

This is the oldest golf club in the Swansea area and also happens to be one of the best. It has tested the best and beat the best, but don't let that fill you with fear. Swansea Bay provides for an entertaining round no matter what you play off and it is that kind of challenge that sees visitors coming in their droves to get a piece of the action.

There are plenty of characteristics that bring a smile to the face; the par four 5th that dog-legs left towards the green, the long 12th that requires a decision whether to try and carry the stream some 200-yards from the tee; and - best of all - the grandstand finish.

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Spa Golf: St Brides Spa Hotel

Founded 1888 - Course Type Links - Par 69 - Yards 6337

Welsh golf couldn't have asked for a better birthplace. Natural golfing terrain of sea-washed turf and sandy dunes, a medieval walled town close by and a view that includes the monastery island of Caldy to remind you of tranquillity, if you needed reminding in such a spot. Golf of some sort or other was undoubtedly played in Wales many years before the Tenby club began in 1888 – indeed the Mayor of Tenby is recorded as adjourning a court to get a game in 1875 – but this is where the first properly constituted club in Wales was formed.

To this day, the fine old course stands testimony to the flavour of the early days of golf but its defences have been imaginatively maintained, the latest being the transformation of the long bunker in front of the 13th into two pot bunkers and the creating of a higher 18th tee on top of Black Rock that ensures a breathtaking finish.

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Spa Golf: St Brides Spa Hotel

Founded 1996 - Course Type Parkland - Par 71 - Yards 6635

Just one mile from Tenby, Trefloyne Golf Course opened in 1996 after being allowed to mature following its construction in 1991/92. Today it is a top-grade 18 hole parkland course set in a landscape of beautiful mixed woodlands. The views over Carmarthen Bay and Caldey Island are breathtaking.

The careful integration of natural features and hazards has ensured a marvellous combination of tough par 3's, exciting 4's and formidable par 5's - a challenge that all serious golfers are very quick to accept and appreciate. The clubhouse has changing facilities and refreshments are available in the professional's shop which offers a comprehensive selection of quality golfing equipment and clothing.

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Celtic Manor - Wentwood Hills.

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Founded 1995 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6661

Robert Trent Jones Jnr has described it as 'a true championship course that combines a hilly landscape with the more traditional links-like features of the estuary. There's great variety here…a bit of Augusta, a bit of Florida and a lot of Wales !

A feature of Wentwood Hills singled out by many people is the magnificent view from the second hole. Journalist Richard Simmons wrote in Golf International magazine: "The full splendour of the lower holes is laid bare as you are treated to what must be one of the finest views in British golf".

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Ryder Cup Course.

Resort Golf: Celtic Manort Resort

Founded 2007 - Course Type Parkland - Par unknown - Yards unknown

The new Ryder Cup Course, replacing Wentwood Hills, will be opening next June, in time to host The 2007 Celtic Manor Wales Open. The course has been designed to start and finish in the valley, with the hillsides providing a panoramic amphitheatre from which to view the entire course.

The new course will feature nine holes from the original Wentwood Hills and nine spectacular new holes in the valley of the River Usk.

The finished 7,459 yard, par 71 course will present players with a challenge of 70 bunkers and four lakes, and will feature six signature holes.

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Celtic Manor - Roman Road.

Resort Golf: Celtic Manort Resort

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Founded 1995 - Course Type Parkland - Par 69 - Yards 5961

A championship venue for top professional and amateur events, Roman Road is nevertheless ideal for all levels of play. A championship venue for top professional and amateur events, Roman Road is nevertheless ideal for all levels of play. The course offers a variety of tees on each hole and has generous fairways and greens .

Roman Road takes its name from the ancient East-West highway of Roman Britain crossing its fairways to the nearby Roman fortress town of Caerleon from London and Bath . Several Roman roads, including the main route connecting the fortress of Caerleon with the town of Caerwent , cross the land where the Roman Road is situated. In 1997, £300,000 was invested in under-soil drainage. Like Wentwood Hills, Roman Road has around 15 miles of perforated pipes laid under the fairways to take water away and provide superb conditions all year round.

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Cottrell Park.

Spa Golf: MacDonald Holland House

Celtic Golf: The Bear Hotel / Fututure Inn

Sunday Driver: MacDonald Holland House

Founded 1996 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6407

The Mackintosh course, is named after Alfred Donald Mackintosh of Mackintosh the 28th Chief of Clan Mackintosh and Chief of Clan Chattan, who resided at Cottrell during the 19th and 20th Centuries. The course provides 6,407 challenging yards off the white tees and has been designed around the original features of the rolling parkland, including a Roman Motte.

This championship course has been selected for a number of Welsh Golf Union and Welsh Ladies Golf Union events as well as County Matches , which is indeed a compliment to a course so young. The Mackintosh course will test golfers of all standards to the best of their abilities.

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Dewstow - Valley & Park Courses.

Custom Fit: Custom Fit Golfing Breaks

Founded 1988 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72/69 - Yards 6226/6091

The Valley Course first used in 1988, was developed around the natural contours of the Dewstow Farm meadowlands. Golfers can expect a variety of interesting holes including the par 3, 7th hole, which is approached over water, some 50 feet lower than the tee! Each of the 18 holes has its own name, which in turn reflects the history of the land as it was used in past years for productive farming.

Although we have emphasized the easy nature of the course it will still test the skills of the lower handicapped golfer.

The Park Course was initially developed during 1992 and 1993, and follows the natural contours of the gentle Monmouthshire hills. The River Severn, together with the two Severn bridges provide a beautiful backdrop to many of the 18 holes. Water features on the course provide habitats for plant life, fish and insects, plus of course, hazards for those wayward shots!

An unusual feature on the fairway of the 15th hole is a strikingly carved Totem Pole, fashioned from an old American Redwood (or Sequoia) tree – Watch that your drive doesn't clip it !

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The Monmouthshire.

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Founded 1892 - Course Type Parkland - Par 70 - Yards 5806

Sited in full view of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the other scenic delights of the Abergavenny area, Monmouthshire Golf Club occupies a stretch of prime country alongside the River Usk that has a rich history.

The course once housed a Bronze Age Settlement and the clubhouse is on the site of a semi-fortified medieval manor. Tough and beautiful, the sixth has the hardest tee shot as a good position will be gained only by driving across a bend in the river which hugs the left of the hole and draws any stray shot.

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Pyle & Kenfig.

Links Golf : Stradey Park Hotel / Bear Hotel

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Founded 1922 - Course Type Links - Par 71 - Yards 6728

If it didn't have a royal neighbour, P&K would enjoy a far wider reputation. It has many fine qualities that distinguish from Royal Porthcawl. It possesses much higher dunes and deeper, disconcerting valleys in a layout that offers plenty of diversity. Originally mapped out in 1922 by H.S. Colt, large chunks of the course were requisitioned by the army in World War II; after which it was decided to move seawards into dunesland that designer P. Mackenzie Ross described as a "golfers' paradise".

There are two loops of nine holes returning to the cosy clubhouse and the second half is regarded as the tougher of the two with the final three holes viewed as the hardest of the lot. Each over 400 yards and with a daunting tee shot towards deeply-bunkered problems, they promise a demanding finish that helps make a visit to the more fabled links down the road an incomplete experience if you don't include P&K in your itinerary.

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Woodlake Park.

Special Offer: Punch House Hotel

Founded 1993 - Course Type Parkland - Par 71 - Yards 6300

Since its opening in 1993 Woodlake has gained the reputation as one of the best inland courses in Wales.

A major part of their success is the quality of the greens which were constructed in accordance with standards laid down by the United States Golf Association. The putting surface alone attracts golfers from far and near.

The attention to detail is observed throughout the course with views of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.

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Rolls of Monmouth.

Special Offer: Punch House Hotel

Founded 1982 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6733

To call this the Rolls Royce of golf courses is not too fanciful because this is where the first Rolls Royce engine was built. Greg Norman also paused on his way to the top of world golf. He was the touring professional in the 1980's.

Under the distant gaze of the Black Mountains this long and undulating course boast a magnificent specimen trees. With a large wooded hill at its centre and surrounded by 600 acres of woodland, it allows you to take your punishing test in peace and tranquillity with only the odd dear to disturb you.

The clubhouse is the former workshop and garage of the 18 th Century mansion which was the home of Charles Stewart Rolls. He formed a partnership with Henry Royce – the rest is history.

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Royal Porthcawl.

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Founded 1891 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6432

Royal Porthcawl's entitlement to be an honoured place among the world's best golf courses is usually confirmed by playing the first three holes that run alongside - and in places seem part of - the scalloped edge of Rest Bay.

The beach can appear all rock and pebbles until the surfer's sea recedes to reveal 300 yards of firm sand across which the prevailing westerly whips. It is by no means a course of fearsome length; it doesn't have fancy lighthouse, high dunes or deep ditches. It doesn't even have a tree. But it is never out of sight of the sea or blocked by the majestic view of Swansea Bay or out of reach of a wind that is particularly troublesome on the first three and last four holes. The 18th is played directly towards the sea, the prevailing wind and the setting sun. When all those are in their glory, there are few finer finishes.

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Links Golf: Bear Hotel

Founded 1905 - Course Type Links - Par 72 - Yards 6449

Bracken to the left of you, bracken to the right of you, and a fairway rising up to the sun.

The maestro Henry Cotton described the first here as one of the most difficult opening holes he'd encountered.

This is not surprising considering the number of experts who've had a hand in shaping Southerndown into one of the finest natural downland courses.

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St Mary's Golf & Country Club.

Celtic Golf: St Mary's Hotel

Founded 1990 - Course Type Parkland - Par 66 - Yards 5291

St Mary's is set in the Welsh countryside and offers one of the most challenging golf courses in the region. Without doubt the 18 hole golf course at St. Mary's is maturing into one of the most picturesque and well conditioned golf courses in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The yardage of 5291 flatters to deceive the golfer. The course demands more than just length, it requires a little bit of imagination to manoeuvre your way around, or indeed over, the mature oaks and the sultry designed bunkers and banks, not to mention the odd water hazard here and there, makes it a real test of golf.

We believe that the course is a fair challenge for any level of golf and more importantly a very enjoyable challenge that makes you come back again and again.

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The Old & Mathern Courses.

Resort Golf: St Pierre Hotel

Sunday Driver: St Pierre Hotel

Founded 1962 - Course Type Parkland - Par 71/68 - Yards 6818/5732

St Pierre of Caen was one of William the Conqueror's most faithful lieutenants and his reward was a domain overlooking the Severn Estuary which became the site of a 14th Century manor house. It was here that King Henry V, who came from up the road at Monmouth, stored the Crown Jewels while he defeated the French at Agincourt. The house and an adjacent church form the heart of the Marriott St Pierre Hotel and around it two courses were created.

The first was designed by Ken Cotton in 1961 from a deer park thronged with highly prized trees that dominate the scene and subdue most of those trying to thread their way through. The most brazen is the giant chestnut that rules the second fairway but even its victims tend to be calmed by the fact it has been there since 1600.

St Pierre has hosted the Dunlop Masters and the Curtis Cup and in 1996, staged the Solheim Cup. The course has seen many improvements recently. Professionals and amateurs alike find the par three 18th across a lake and uphill towards the ancient chimneystacks both daunting and memorable.

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Wales National & Lake Courses.

Resort Golf: Vale Hotel

Spa Golf: MacDonald Holland House

Celtic Golf: Bear Hotel / Future Inn

Sunday Driver: MacDonald Holland House

Founded 1990 - Course Type Parkland - Par 73/72 - Yards 7323/6426

Having already hosted 3 Welsh PGA Professional Championships, the Lake Course is a true challenge for even the very best golfers. Aptly named, water comes into play on 9 holes – including the daunting 12th, where the green is located on an island!

The new Wales National is almost 7500 yards and, with water coming into play on a number of holes plus greens constructed to USGA standard - is destined to be ranked amongst the very best in the UK. Both courses are serviced by a fleet of buggies and trolley hire is also available.

Other golf facilities include a 20-bay all-weather floodlit driving range and expert tuition from 3 of Wales ' leading golf coaching professionals. Add to this a friendly and welcoming golf clubhouse, a well-stocked pro shop and it's easy to see why the Vale has become one of the UK 's most popular golf destination resorts.

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Bryn Meadows Golf Course.

Spa Golf: Bryn Meadows Country Hotel

Founded 1973 - Course Type Parkland - Par 72 - Yards 6156

Bryn Meadows is a 6156 yard par 72 championship course set in some beautiful countryside. The fairways are tree lined and the greens have some great views over five valleys all the way up to the Brecon Beacons which is over 40 miles away.

Playing the course is a great experience and a challenge. We would class it as a ‘thinking mans’ course – it’s not one of those where you take your driver out for every hole! You have got to really think about where you hit the ball to make sure you have a shot to the green on your second or third shots - it’s a course that will certainly test the best of golfers. Enjoy.

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