The golfing season is now in full swing – pardon the pun! – following The Masters and many people will be inspired by the recent exploits of players like Bubba Watson in Augusta to head away on a short break to play a few rounds in unfamiliar surroundings.
Wales is regarded as a popular country to visit for golfing getaways, especially after Celtic Manor successfully staged the Ryder Cup in 2010. There’s no shortage of hotels in Wales happy to accommodate and offer discounted rates for groups of golfers (Trivago is a good place to start your search for hotels in Wales). Celtic Manor, though, is just one of many fine Welsh courses and here we profile six of the best golf break destinations in Wales.
Located on the coast a short drive from Llanelli, Ashburnham is thought of as one of the oldest and finest links courses in Wales. As with most links courses, it can be a tricky track to play on depending on weather conditions as players are open to the elements.
The undoubted jewel in the crown of Welsh golf, Celtic Manor is a five-star resort boasting two hotels, a luxury spa and three championship courses, as well as a two-tiered driving range and the latest technology to help players work on every aspect of their game.
Overlooking Carmarthen Bay, Machynys Peninsula offers stunning golfing facilities as well as breath-taking views of the surrounding areas. Be particularly mindful of the water hazards here as there is an array of salt and fresh water lakes waiting to catch you out if concentration levels dip.
Nefyn & District
Another course offering fine sea vistas, Nefyn & District has a unique 26-hole layout, meaning players can mix and match to enhance their visitor experience. Many of the holes are perched precariously on the cliff tops so it requires full respect at all times.
Pennard is a short drive from Swansea and like Nefyn & District has plenty of rugged terrain to contend with, especially on the back nine. The land all around Pennard on the Gower Peninsula is a designated area of natural beauty, making it an ideal spot for some picture-perfect golf.
Pyle & Kenfig
Steer clear of the towering dunes and out of the unforgiving rough and you’ll be sure to have a round to remember at Pyle & Kenfig, which is often referred to as ‘P&K’. Keeping your eyes on the course and not the extraordinary surrounding landscape is also easier said than done. ‘P&K’ consists of two loops of nine holes and is a par-71 course in total, spanning 6,860 yards.
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