The south coast of Wales is relatively undiscovered by the golfing world. Charming seaside villages, beautiful countryside, stunning coastline, castles, scenic road trips, hip city night live, great local cuisine and of course pure links golf is just waiting to be discovered!
Starting out east of Cardiff is the Celtic Manor Resort which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup on its 'Twenty Ten Course'. The resort has as well 3 different hotels as golf courses. Head north west from Cardiff and you come across the Vale Golf Resort located just 20min from the city centre. The 4 star resort offers two lovely 18 hole courses including the Wales National Course.
Along the southern coast is the town of Porthcawl with probably the best course in Wales, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. Host to numerous championships including the British Senior Open. Also in the vicinity is Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club which is a course of two characters. The front nine runs up and down a hill on the high side of the road with the back nine getting more into the dunes and more links like in style. Southerndown Golf Club is what is known as a 'Down course' built up on the chalk cliffs. The cliffs provide for stunning views across the Bristol Channel.
Swansea & West
Further west again and located in the 'Gower Area' near Swansea is the legendary 'Links in the Sky' Pennard Golf Club. Set 60 metres above sea level Pennard offers a pure links golf experience on its beautifully free draining soil that remains playable all year round.
Next stop on our tour west is Machynys Peninsular, this modern seaside course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Ashburnham comes up next and has a real members club atmosphere with lovely traditional links course.
Heading even further out is the Pembroke region of Wales and the town of Tenby. Tenby Golf Club is the oldest in Wales dating back to 1888, but golf was played as early as 1875 over the local sand dunes.
From here most golf trips head north in the direction of Borth and Ynyslas & Aberdovey Golf Clubs. (see north Wales)
Celtic Manor & the Vale Golf Resort both offer great accommodation at different price levels to suit everybody's needs. Looking for a more authentic setting, the town of Porthcawl is perfect for you, a seaside village with several lovely hotels and nice bars & restaurants. A great place to relax after a day on the links.
A little further west and in and around Swansea is a great place to attack the best golf of the region. The Pembrokeshire has many good hotels and is a fantastic place to stay.
Ashburnham Golf ClubSet in one of Wales’s finest coastal regions, Ashburnham has provided a true test of golf for more than 120 years. Open champion and revered course architect J.H. Taylor was behind the design of what is regarded one of the county’s finest links golf courses, highly praised by amateurs and professionals alike. A friendly members’ club, Ashburnham Golf Club welcomes visitors to come and enjoy our course and take in the tranquil surroundings. The traditional clubhouse overlooking the Lougher Estuary to the Gower Peninsula provides the perfect venue for lunch, dinner and weddings as well as business conferences and corporate events.
Royal Porthcawl Golf ClubRoyal Porthcawl has an illustrious history having been founded in 1891 by a group of Cardiff businessman. The course was originally designed by Charles Gibson and later Harry Colt and Tom Simpson had a hand in the courses development. The club has held many tournaments over the years including the Walker Cup in 1995 in which Tiger woods competed. And more recently the Senior Open Championship in 2014 & 2017. A world top 100 course Royal Porthcawl is a must play!
Pennard Golf ClubKnown as 'The Links in the Sky' Pennard Golf Club is set up on a plateau of the Gower peninsular and has stunning views over Three Cliffs & Oxwich Bays. A more natural course is hard to imagine with cows and sheep helping the greenkeepers to maintain the course. No trip to southern Wales is complete without playing Pennard.
Tenby Golf ClubTenby Golf Club is one of the true gems of Wales’ idyllic south-west coast. Set among a patchwork of rolling green terrain and wild dunes, Tenby boasts a classic 18-hole links course and a variety of challenges which will test golfers at every level. Tenby Golf Club was formally established in 1888, but by most accounts there were enthusiasts knocking balls around the links and sand dunes by at least 1875. In any event, experts agree that Tenby stands out as the birthplace of Welsh golf, with the course adapted from a 9-hole to 18-hole course in 1907.
Pyle and Kenfig GolfPyle and Kenfig Golf Course with its lofty sand dunes hugging the South Wales coast of Porthcawl is situated in a wonderful stretch of golfing country. Glorious views and historic associations adorn this undulating course with its natural hazard of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes. Panoramic views, The Bristol Channel, the Gower Peninsula, Sker House and the magnificent Welsh Mountains can all be seen from various points.
Celtic ManorCeltic Manor was the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup which was held in Wales for the first time. Celtic Manor is home to three parkland courses, The Montgomery, Roman Road and the Twenty Ten course which was used for the Ryder Cup. The resort also has superb accommodation.
Southerndown Golf ClubSoutherndown is unique. Nature has crafted an unusual ‘limestone-heath’ on which we play our golf. The massive limestone outcrop, which rises over 70 metres from the sea and gives us such superb views, accounts for the course’s free drainage; the overlying soil supports acid-loving heathland vegetation such as heather, bracken and gorse; and the westerly winds have deposited centuries of sand to give the front eight holes a springy, links-style character.
Accommodation in South Wales
Fairways HotelSituated on the Heritage Coast with panoramic views over the Bristol Channel and with probably one of the best views in Porthcawl. Its a stunning location if you are looking for a wedding venue in south Wales or wish to have your wedding by the sea. We recently gained a wedding licence so now you can have your complete wedding day within the stunning surroundings of The Fairways Hotel.
Celtic Manor Resort
Dormy - Royal Porthcawl Golf ClubThe on-site Dormy offers accommodation for twelve. There are six single and three twin rooms. Each room is furnished with an en-suite bathroom, freeview, DVD player, wireless internet as well as tea and coffee making facilities which will be replenished daily. The Clubhouse is probably nearer the high tide mark than any other in Britain. The 40ft tide, one of the highest in the world, means that the view is stunning and ever-changing. There are fully licensed bars and lounges and an excellent dining room.