With spectacular scenery and unspoilt landscapes, it’s easy to see why Wales is such a popular golfing destination. While there are plenty of famous courses such as Celtic Manor and Royal St. David’s, some of the best courses can be found off the beaten track. We’ve picked out some of our favourite hidden gems to help you plan your next golf trip.
Nefyn & District Golf Club
Nefyn & District Golf Club is dramatically situated on the cliff tops of the Llyn Peninsula. Originally founded as a nine-hole course in 1907, the course now has three distinct 9 holes named Front (holes 1-9), Old (holes 10-18) and New (19-27). Most visitors choose to play the Old Course as it provides spectacular views across the cliffs and the bay, just be sure to watch out for the wind!
Pennard Golf Club
Located just a few miles from Swansea on the rugged Gower Peninsula, Pennard Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Wales. Reputedly, golf has been played here since 1896 and the course is affectionately known as ‘the links in the sky’ due to the abundance of dunes, humps and hollows. When the strong winds funnel up the Bristol Channel, Pennard becomes a challenge for the very best of golfers.
Southerndown Golf Club
With no trees or artificial water hazards; just bracken, gorse, bunkers and sheep, Southerndown is a completely unique course that no golfing trip to Wales would be complete without visiting. The course is on an elevated site high above the Ogmore River Valley with fantastic views across the Bristol Channel. Southerndown Golf Club has also played host to a number of important events such as the Piccadilly Masters.
Conwy Golf Club
Conwy Golf Club is a fairly flat course in the north of Wales that was seriously altered by both World Wars. In fact, had marram grass not been planted to stabilise the ground around what is now the 7th, 8th and 9th holes, the course would have been lost completely. Its seaside location is part of its charm, however, and allows golfers to enjoy their surroundings while having their skills tested by the dunes and rugged coastline.
Rolls of Monmouth
Hidden in the grounds of the former estate of the Rolls Royce family, Rolls of Monmouth golf course oozes class. Not only does the old mansion, which is now a club house, provide a stunning backdrop, the well-manicured course also meanders around mature woodland under the gaze of the Black Mountains. Rolls of Monmouth is not as rugged as the other courses mentioned above, but is a perfect and tranquil escape that should be added to your list.
At Best of Scotland, we have over 37 years’ expertise in planning leisure and golfing activities in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge and are more than happy to build you a perfect itinerary to suit your specific customer requirements and budget. Alternatively, you can check out all our golf holiday packages here