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!