Cardiff is home to a host of incredible resorts boasting five-star hospitality and exciting championship golf courses with the the added bonus of the city’s bustling nightlife. Swansea, which isn’t far from the Welsh Capital, is another region which boasts an incredible selection of courses like Royal Porthcawl while the North West & Harlech, part of the North Coast’s golfing catalogue, is home to the mesmerising Nefyn & District Golf Club.
This wide array has made Wales an increasingly popular choice, and as the development accelerates on the back of Ryder Cup fever, there is every reason to believe that the popularity of golf breaks in Wales will only continue.
|Celtic Manor Resort||The Vale Resort|
|The Hunter Lodges at Celtic Manor||Bryn Meadows Golf & Country Hotel|
|Marriott St Pierre||Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor|
|Pennard||Royal St Davids|
|Ashburnham||Twenty Ten course (Celtic Manor)|
|Nefyn & District||Pyle & Kenfig|
Summer is the peak season for golf in Wales, when the warmer weather entices golfers of all degrees to hit the fairways. This demand results in higher green fees, so if you’re looking for value, the autumn and spring seasons may appeal. For a real bargain, we suggest taking advantage of our Sunday Specials with exceptional value to be had on overnight breaks.
The Wales Open has been held each year at Celtic Manor since its inception in 2000; firstly on the resort’s Wentworth Course, then the Roman Road between 2005-07 while the former was being redeveloped for the Ryder Cup. Since 2008, the tournament has been played on the Twenty Ten Course. Previous winners include Ian Poulter (2003), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2005), Graeme McDowell (2010) and most recently Joost Luiten (2014).
The Twenty Ten Course played host to the 2010 Ryder Cup which produced one of the most captivating finishes in the tournament’s history. A victory by Graeme McDowell over Hunter Mahan in the last of the 12 singles matches was enough to give Colin Montgomerie-led Europe a 14½ against 13½ victory over Corey Pavin's United States team.
Wales welcomed its first major championship when Royal Porthcawl was awarded hosting rights for the 2014 Senior Open. German legend Bernhard Langer (-18) turned in a scintillating performance to win by a staggering 13 shots from Colin Montgomerie in second.
Nefyn & District Golf Club is considered to be one of the United Kingdom’s best kept secrets; with it’s ‘golf on the edge of the world’ setting, there are few more amazing places to enjoy links golf. The 25 acres at Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club have been sculpted into an incredible resort-style course that draws influence from traditional seaside golf. The first Jack Nicklaus signature design to be completed in Wales; the course has quickly established an impressive reputation and already welcomed a Ladies European Tour event. The superb links of Aberdovey Golf Club are crafted across some remarkable terrain that is affected by the elements, creating a memorable test of golf. Groups will love the atmosphere and setting of the club, which is unfussy and unpretentious.
The Vale is one of the finest golf resorts in Wales, with comprehensive facilities including two championship golf courses, a fantastic spa and luxurious accommodation, the perfect venue for a Golf & Spa break or Sunday Driver. The resort’s Vale Grill, which has recently been awarded an AA rosette, is the perfect spot for dinner with that someone special. Superb spa and leisure facilities are the hallmark at Marriott’s St Pierre Hotel, where the 14th century manor house has been adapted in fine style to adopt the best modern amenities. Easy access from the M4 adds to the hotel’s popularity. The four-star resort at Bryn Meadows offers a complete leisure experience and is ideal for non-golfers.
The Welsh city of Swansea offers plenty of evening action and is encircled by a selection of astounding golf courses, all of which can be combined to form a fabulous golf tour. Wales’s capital, Cardiff, is a contemporary, young and vibrant city, with many points of interest for visitors and a superb atmosphere. For a central base and easy access to the city’s nightlife, the Copthorne Hotel Cardiff is the perfect option. Llandudno is Wales’ largest and most popular holiday resort town, and the Grand Hotel, perched right on the promenade, is the classic way to experience it.
The Celtic Manor Resort boasts lavish five-star accommodation and is undoubtedly one of the finest venues in the country. Aside from the resort’s three outstanding golf courses, its 330 rooms offer the best in comfort, while the individually designed suites are perfect for a special occasion. At night, dine in any of the Celtic Manor’s array of restaurants, including the superb Crown for fine dining. The Quay Hotel & Spa in Llandudno epitomises cool sophistication and is an excellent option for those looking to explore North Wales. Select an Executive Room, Suite or Penthouse to enjoy additional space and features such as whirlpool baths, wall-mounted televisions in the bathroom and private balconies from which guests can take in breathtaking views of the Conwy Estuary.