Planning a golf trip to Wales? Here are 6 things you probably didn’t know about the Wales golf scene.
There are over 200 golf courses in Wales
Golf in Britain is mostly associated with Scotland, however, it’s a very popular sport in Wales too. Wales is home to over 200 golf courses, including over 26 links courses. The first of these courses dates back to the 1880s, when the first amateur golf competition was held in 1895.
The Vale Resort near Cardiff is one of the longest courses outside of the USA
Measuring at a massive 7,433 yards, the Wales National course at The Vale Resort is one of the longest courses outside of the USA. The course opened in 2003, constructed to USGA standards, making it also one of the UK and Europe’s newest championship courses. The course has hosted Euro-pro and Challenge Tour events and the resort itself has world class training facilities and is the training base for the Wales national rugby and football teams too.
Wales has staged major golf events
Many major golfing events have been held in Wales over the past few years, such as the Ryder Cup in 2010 at The Celtic Manor Resort – the first time a golf course had been specifically built to stage the Ryder Cup. It’s thought that the first professional golf championship was held in Radyr near Cardiff in 1904. In Summer earlier this year, it was announced that Wales will host the Women’s British Open at Royal Porthcawl in 2021.
Pennard Golf Club is known as ‘the links in the sky’
Located just a few miles southwest of Swansea is Pennard Golf Club which is often referred to as ‘the links in the sky’ because the holes play across links-like ground, full of humps and bumps. But the land is actually 200 feet above the Bristol Channel! The cliff-top site offers one of the most scenic golf settings in Britain.
West Monmouthshire Golf Club has the highest golf course in Great Britain
If you think 200 feet is high, West Monmouth Golf Club is situated at an even higher point, with the 14th tee 1,500 feet above sea level. As the highest golf course in Britain, West Monmouthshire is even recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records! The course boasts fantastic views over the Gwent, Powys and Monmouthshire countryside.
Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club was designed by Gary Nicklaus, son of American golfer Jack Nicklaus
The 7121-yard course that opened in 2005 was designed by Gary Nicklaus on behalf of his legendary father, Jack Nicklaus. A whopping 3.5 million was spent on the layout which includes 25 acres of new lakes. The course has already hosted an outstanding 11 Championships and is the youngest course ever to be awarded an R&A championship.
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