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Best Golf Courses in Wales

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Nefyn & District Golf Club, Pwllheli, Wales

Golf in Wales

Being surrounded on every side by 3 powerhouses of golf in Scotland, Ireland and England, Wales is often overlooked as a golfing destination, a travesty, considering the truly world-class golf that is on offer there. Wales has played host to a number of international tournaments, including the Ryder Cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor and the Senior Open Championship, which has been at Royal Porthcawl twice in the last 4 years.

Wales, with miles of charming coastline and acres of untouched countryside, is full of hidden gems that make for some epic golf, a real rising star in the golfing world.

Read on to discover the courses our experts have played and consider the best in Wales or check out some of the best golf holiday deals in Wales >>

THE BEST GOLF RESORTS IN WALES: Where can you "Stay & Play"??

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

The crown jewel of Welsh golf, Royal Porthcawl is not only the best course in Wales but one of the best in the world. Whilst not a true links course, Royal Porthcawl is right on the coast of South Wales and boasts breathtaking views across the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic beyond.

Do not let the absence of sand dunes fool you, this epic track is tough, one has to navigate the plentiful gorse and excellent bunkering, all in the face of the winds coming off the Atlantic.

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Royal Porthcawl facts
Location Bridgend, Wales
Length 7,065 yards
Par 72
Designed by Charles Gibson, Ramsay Hunter, J. Simpson
Established 1891
Where to stay Swansea

"The course leads you into a sense of false security from the first few holes only to take that away with the brutal par 5 5th."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Royal St David's Golf Club

Royal St David's is no stranger to hosting prestigious tournaments and has previously hosted Open Qualifying. The course itself is set in a remote part of North West Wales and keeps all golfers on their toes with all holes facing in different directions.

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Royal St David's Golf Club facts
Location Harlech, Wales
Length 6,629 yards
Par 69
Designed by Harold Finch Hatton, William Henry More
Established 1894
Granted Royal status King Edward VII in 1908
Where to stay Nefyn & Harlech

"The home stretch from the 14th is almost unrivalled in any course. You start with a partially blind long par 3 then the signature 15th hole and its unparallelled views, to finish unusually on the 18th with a par 3."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Aberdovey Golf Club

Aberdovey is a links course in the truest sense of the word, nestled among towering dunes overlooking Cardigan Bay. Expect undulating turf, firm fairways and lightning quick greens, for Aberdovey, has all of these twinned with a magnificent backdrop.

The course demands creativity and smart club selection, in keeping with its Irish equivalents across the sea, the changeable winds will be a factor that makes no two holes the same.

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Aberdovey Golf Club facts
Location Gwynedd, Wales
Length 6,535 yards
Par 71
Designed by Harry Colt, James Braid, Herbert Fowler
Established 1895
Where to stay North West Wales

"This is one of Wales finest links golf courses, and home to the toughest finishing stretches as you head back in to the wind."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Pennard Golf Club

The moniker 'The Links in the Sky' comes from the unique setting of Pennard, as it sits atop the cliffs some 200 ft above the sea. This magnificent setting makes for some of the most dramatic views of any golf course in Britain.

As with many of the truly great golf courses, none of the holes would be considered boring, the use of elevated tees on several holes make for thrilling tee shots.

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Pennard Golf Club facts
Location Swansea, Wales
Length 6,420 yards
Par 71
Designed by James Braid
Established 1896
Where to stay Swansea

"Known as the links in the sky, it has got a relatively new clubhouse with all the amenities you would need. similar to Southerndown built on common land means the greens are protected from cattle, this just adds to the charm."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Ashburnham Golf Club

As historic golf courses in Wales go, few are older or more well-liked than Ashburnham, since its inception in 1894 is has remained at the forefront of Welsh golf.

The classic links course has the quirk of beginning with a par 3, from then on working out and back in typical links style. For those who tend to slice from left to right, Ashburnham can prove difficult to navigate, but it well worth a visit.

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Ashburnham Golf Club facts
Location Carmarthenshire, Wales
Length 6,910 yards
Par 72
Designed by J.H. Taylor, James Braid, Ken Cotton
Established 1894
Where to stay Swansea or Llanelli

"A traditional Welsh links course. With the typical links style of 9 holes out and 9 holes back in, undulating fairways, pot bunkers and blind tee shots."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course

The Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor is the first course to be purpose-built to host a Ryder Cup event. It is widely regarded as a huge success, resulting in one of the most thrilling ends to a Ryder Cup in recent memory, despite heavy rain.

The success of this modern great has helped to propel Wales into the spotlight of elite level golf. The course itself is a joy to play, with multiple water hazards to test your accuracy off the tee.

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Twenty Ten Course facts
Location Newport, Wales
Length 7,493 yards
Par 71
Designed by Ross McMurray, Bob Jones & Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Established 2007
Where to stay Celtic Manor Resort Hotel, The Manor House, Coldra Court, Hunter Lodges

"The Twenty Ten Course is a different beast altogether. Water is the obvious hazard and will catch you out on more than half of the holes."
Tommy (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 14)

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Nefyn & District Golf Club

Shooting out from Wales into the Irish Sea, Nefyn is positioned in such a way that it is impossible not to be thrilled by the dramatic landscape. Surrounded by water on three sides, the views from atop the cliffs at Nefyn nothing short of awesome.

Comparable to Old Head at Kinsale across the water in Ireland, the course is as spectacular as the views. Three loops of 9 holes make up the course, the Front and then the Old or the New. If you only have time to play 18, go for the Old to experience the exhilaration of cliff-side golf.

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Nefyn & District Golf Club facts
Location Gwynedd, Wales
Length 6,548 yards
Par 71
Designed by James Braid, J.H. Taylor
Established 1907
Where to stay North West Wales

"What is there to say about this course that pictures don't tell you already. Boasting an unusual 27 holes, The Point (Old Course) has had to be majorly redeveloped over recent times to cope with the weather."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Occupying the same stretch of glorious coastline as the best course in Wales, Royal Porthcawl, means expectations are sky high for Pyle & Kenfig, the course rises to that challenge.

'P & K', as the locals call refer to it, has a wonderful variety of views, including that of the Gower Peninsula and the Welsh Mountains. The track is a true links, rare in Wales, and rolls across the natural hillocks and valleys beautifully.

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Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club facts
Location Bridgend, Wales
Length 6,860 yards
Par 71
Designed by Harry Colt, J.H. Taylor
Established 1922
Where to stay Soath Coast

"The winds here can be very strong, the back 9 is incredible with massive sand dunes and amazing views."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Conwy Golf Club

Located on Wales northern coast, Conwy is an excellent seaside track. Previous host of the Curtis Cup, the course is not without challenge, largely due to the coastal winds.

Should you be lucky enough to catch a day with low winds, Conwy could be enjoyed by golfers of all levels. In keeping with links character, many holes are nestled in the rolling sand dunes and make for exciting play.

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Conwy Golf Club facts
Location Conwy, Wales
Length 6,936 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jack Morris
Established 1895
Where to stay North Wales

"The course is pure, old-school links too, with all the things that make that type of golf so much fun. Wispy but fair rough, pot bunkers, firm fast fairways & upturned saucer greens."
Rory (Marketing: Handicap 7)

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The Vale Wales National Course

The Wales National is superbly conditioned, thanks in part to its USGA specification greens, with its collection of water hazards and acres of sand trouble is never too far away.

Measuring 7,400+ yards from the back tees it is challenging, yes, but the Wales National is a wonderful treat that every golfer will enjoy.

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The Vale Wales National Course facts
Location Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Length 7,433 yards
Par 73
Designed by Peter Johnson
Established 2003
Where to stay The Vale Resort, Cardiff

"Some fairways are really wide, some are like bowling alleys, so there’s a great variety of tee shots to consider & with a tonne of water in play, particularly around the signature stretch of holes from the 13th onwards, the course really keeps you on your toes from start to finish!"
Rory (Marketing: Handicap 7)

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Southerndown Golf Club

The Wales National is superbly conditioned, thanks in part to its USGA specification greens, with its collection of water hazards and acres of sand trouble is never too far away.

Measuring 7,400+ yards from the back tees it is challenging, yes, but the Wales National is a wonderful treat that every golfer will enjoy.

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Southerndown Golf Club facts
Location Bridgend, Wales
Length 6,449 yards
Par 70
Designed by Willie Fernie
Established 1883
Where to stay Soath Coast

"Make sure you tee off well on the 1st a tight fairway with gorse either side of the fairway but be warned you will end up with an awkward lie as it is uphill all the way."
Rob (UK & Ireland Team: Handicap 16)

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Frequently asked questions about golf courses in Wales

What is the highest golf course in Wales?

The highest point on a golf course not only in Wales but the UK is West Monmouthshire Golf Club. The par-4 14th's tee with incredible views is one of the best vistas anywhere in golf.

How many golf courses are there in Wales?

Wales has more than 200 golf courses to enjoy as part of your next golf trip. Whether it is a Championship golf experience at Ryder Cup host The Celtic Manor or a links golf extravaganza playing the likes of Royal Porthcawl, Pyle and Kenfig or even Wales' answer to Pebble Beach, Nefyn and District Golf Club, Wales has it all to offer. With spectacular scenery afforded by National Parks and the picturesque Welsh coast line, golf here is something to behold.