In golfing terms Wales flies under the radar compared to other regions of the British Isles! The first courses were built in the 1870's and at last count there were around 200 golf clubs. Golf in Wales greatest moment came in 2010 when they hosted the Ryder Cup for the first time at Celtic Manor. The European team was captained by the great Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam who led the team to a wonderful victory over the Americans.
With over 1200 km’s off coast line Wales is blessed with many fabulous links courses. Starting on the south coast you’ll find arguably Wales best course, Royal Porthcawl, venue to the 2014 & 17 Senior British Open Championship. Further along the coast are the links of Pyle & Kenfig, Machynys Peninsula and the legendary Pennard Golf Club, known as 'The Links in the Sky’. The other highlights on the coast are Tenby, and Britains finest down course, Southern Down Golf Club.
On the west coast are the natural links of Borth & Ynyslas and Aberdovey Golf Clubs, with the latter being reachable by train with a spectacular journey along the coast from the north Wales village Criccieth.
The highlights in the north of the country are Royal St Davids at Harlech, Porthmadog, and the 27 holes of Nefyn & District, built out on a peninsular the views are reminiscent of Old Head in Ireland. And at the very top of Wales are the fabulous Bull Bay, Holyhead, Conwy and North Wales Golf Clubs. These courses can also be played en route to Ireland with the ferry, which departs from Holyhead.
Last but not least is Celtic Manor, which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup and is home to three fine parkland courses and ***** Resort style accommodation. Located conveniently just 25 min north east from Cardiff city centre.
South Wales can be easily reached by air via Cardiff Airport and North Wales is best accessed via Manchester & Liverpool Airports.
If you haven't played golf in Wales yet, you are really missing out on something!