Golf in Wales

143 courses
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The popularity of golf in Wales was perhaps faltering before the Twenty Ten course at the Celtic Manor Resort hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010, since then however there’s been a resurgence in not only the amount of Welsh golfers but the amount of golfers travelling to Wales for their golf holidays.

Wales was described by its own tourism board as ‘the home of proper holidays’ and that it is ideally suited for those who are ‘tired of sun loungers’ and had ‘a sense of adventure’. The fact that the 2010 Ryder Cup was the first ever to finish on a Monday due to heavy rain on the Friday will show you that if you want a holiday where the sun is guaranteed to shine, Wales probably isn’t the place!

With more than 150 golf courses, crammed into a country that’s less than 70 miles wide and 170 miles long, Wales has a diverse range of golf courses to suit golfers of all tastes and abilities. The links courses such as, Royal Porthcawl and Royal St David’s , are certainly the most popular when it comes to golf holidays; but there are some brilliant parkland and heathland courses on offer too.

The courses can be challenging but you can be sure that the locals, whether in your hotel, in the pro shop or on the course, will give you the best advice possible to negotiate the courses.

Golf in Wales always seems to be played at a more leisurely pace, and it’s certainly never too hot, making the rounds really relaxing.

There are a number of courses in and around the capital, Cardiff, where your golf holiday can be combined with a really great nightlife! However, where Wales really flourishes with regards to golf courses is on the coasts.

Away from the golf, Wales is known for the fantastic hikes that it has on offer – the beautiful scenery and crisp, sea breeze combine to create a wonderful experience for those that enjoy walking and hiking! For the more adventurous there are numerous opportunities to go climbing and abseiling.

If you enjoy football, both Cardiff City and Swansea City are now in the English Premier League, which means there is an opportunity to go and watch top quality football between the months of August and May.

There are also four Welsh rugby union teams (Cardiff Blues, Newport Dragons, Llanelli Scarlets and the Ospreys) that play in the RABO Pro 12, alongside teams from Ireland, Scotland and Italy. The rugby season also runs from August to May with international matches taking place in November and between February and March.

Wales is well connected to the rest of Europe by air, land and sea. It’s easy to get to Wales either directly or via one of the major London airports from anywhere in the world. Cardiff airport has daily flights to and from various European cities – the North and West of Wales are also accessible on the ferry from Ireland.

Once in Wales, the public transport system is second to none, not only connecting with numerous towns in Wales but the rest of the United Kingdom too. Trains are more expensive than coaches but probably quicker and more reliable. The roads and railways in Wales offer the most picturesque scenery of the beautiful countryside.

Golf in Wales is brilliant as there is a huge, varied selection of truly first-class golf courses. Despite having a great reputation for its links courses; some of the parkland courses, such as Celtic Manor, are world class!

Have a look at the various quality golf packages that are available. If you’re looking for sun, it’s probably not the place for you, however if you want to play the best golf courses around then it’s essential to play golf in Wales!


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Destinations in Wales

destination courses rating
Clwyd 18 8.7
Glamorgan 48 8.7
Gwynedd 22 8.6
Gwent 34 8.5
Dyfed 18 7.8
Powys 11 7.5
  • Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel
    Bryn Meadows
    Played 9 holes on a lovely May evening with a pal whose not played for a few years. Really enjoyed it and the course presents some interesting challenges that work out well for different handicaps and greens were excellent. Fairways were pretty good but the semi rough (first cut, whatever) seem very scruffy with bald patches. 2 yds off an undulating green sitting on packed dry mud seemed a tad too strong a punishment for what isn't a bad miss. delighted to say can't comment on bunkers, didn't go in any :-) or the driving but given a 5 out of 10 rather than a zero Very easy to book tee time on line and friendly service in the bar. Good VFM I'd say.
    Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel
    7.4 / 10 stars
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  • Pontypool Golf Club
    My home course
    Rejoined my local club along with my 19 year old nephew after catching the golf bug again 6 weeks ago and the course is as great a challenge as it always was and great exercise to boot!..The course is always in really good condition with really good practising facilities(I like practising)...My brother-in-law recently joined myself and my nephew as a guest for his first ever round on the course and really enjoyed his day...Great views of the surrounding countryside always gives me an added cheer along with my occasional good shot!
    Pontypool Golf Club
    9.9 / 10 stars
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  • Palleg Golf Club
    work in progress
    Palleg has lots of potential but also a few issues. Drainage being a major one. The course is pleasant, testing both from a golf points view and physically, so long slopes to contend with. The green are pretty awful at present but the club recognises this. The moss isn't great for,putting. If it rains, forget playing, you need wellies. Balls plug apeverywhere and the course plays longer. None of the bunkers have any sand and are GUR, some fairways undergoing renovation or changes, Potential yes and you have to admire the new owners for recognising this. They need to charge a bit less until work is done!
    Palleg Golf Club
    3.0 / 10 stars
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