The UK is synonymous with Links golf and rightly so. With the exception of Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland share hosting duties for the Open Championship and are home to some of the best and most historically important links courses in the world. England weighs in with the likes of Royal Birkdale, Royal St Georges and Saunton; Scotland boasts the world famous St Andrews Old Course as well as other classics including Carnoustie and the younger Kingsbarns; and Ireland’s South West coast boasts world class gems like Ballybunion, Lahinch and Doonbeg. One area of the UK & Ireland that seems to get unfairly overlooked however is Wales. Wales, and particularly the South coast, is home to countless top class links gems and their close proximity to one another, along with the famed hospitality of the locals makes this part of the world a fantastic option for a golf tour or weekend golf break. Here is a photo guide of links golf in Wales which may just get your golfing juices flowing!
Aberdovey Golf Club is perched on the West coast of Wales overlooking Cardigan Bay.
Avoiding the rough at Aberdovey is key to scoring well although that is often easier said than done!
Like all classic links courses, Aberdovey’s layout is a reflection of its stunning natural surroundings. The course is kept nicely trimmed by the local cows as well!
When the wind rolls in from the sea Aberdovey is a completely different animal than on calmer days.
Porthmadog is one of the most established golf clubs in the North of Wales.
Pennard Golf Club is perched on the Gower Peninsula and is just one of many fantastic links courses on the Sout Coast of Wales.
With sweeping undulations, devilish pot bunkers and the sea in view the whole way around the course, Pennard is every bit the classic links course.
Nefyn & District may just be the ultimate hidden jewel in Wales. Although few golfers from outside Wales will have heard of it there are few courses that can provide as exciting a test of golf as Nefyn & District.
The 12th and 13th holes at Nefyn & District sit precariously on the Porth Dinllaen Peninsula and must be two of the most dramatic holes in all of golf.
Pyle & Kenfig – Affectionately known by the locals as P&K
Royal Porthcawl is one of a handful of courses on the South Coast of Wales to have been given a ‘Royal’ status.
While Royal St David’s may not be the most accessible course in Wales, it certainly deserves its place in the Top 100 courses in the world.
As with any REAL links course, Royal St David’s was created using the natural lay of the land…and what a piece of land it is!