The oldest golf courses in Wales

The value of visiting golfers to the Welsh economy grew by 14% in 2013 bolstered in part by the effect of Wales hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010 at the Celtic Manor and it has been increasing year on year since then. 

Wales is full of wonderful golf courses, from Conwyn and Tenby, to Royal Porthcawl and Borth and Ynsylas. But have you ever wondered which is the oldest? 

Borth and Ynsylas Golf Course 

Dating all the way back to 1885, Borth and Ynsylas Golf Course is in the top 3 oldest clubs in Wales. It’s set on the stunning estuary of the River Rovey, making it a perfect Cardigan Bay view point. The course is just under 6000 yards and stages championship events throughout the season, including many Opens. Borth and Ynsylas Golf Course guarantees a truly memorable experience for guests, so be sure to book your tee times in advance now so you don’t miss out next year! 


Whilst many golf clubs in Wales claim to be the oldest, it’s generally thought that Tenby is in fact the oldest. Although Borth and Ynsylas was established in 1885, there is evidence that games were played at Tenby from at least 1875. Tenby course borders the Bristol Channel with incredible views of Caldey Island and sometimes Lundy on a clear day. The golf club itself is located less than half a mile from the medieval harbor town of Tenby in the southwest of Wales. Visitors can capture the true essence of links golf here at Tenby, playing over a naturally billowing terrain amongst a stunning green setting.   

Tenby golf course in Wales


Pontnewydd golf course claims to have been established in 1875, which would make it just as old as Tenby, however there is no clear evidence to prove this. Nonetheless, Pontnewydd definitely dates back to the 19th century and is one of Wales’ oldest golf clubs. The meadowland course is located on the hillside overlooking the Cwmbran valley, stretching to just over 5,000 yards. Unlike many other courses, Pontnewydd has 11 different holes, making it an ideal course for those who are tight for time.  


On the North Wales coast near the resort town Conwy, Conwy Golf Club was officially formed on June 30th 1890, making it the third oldest club in Wales. The course prides itself on its inclusivity as it welcomes golfers of all abilities, from beginners to champions. Golfers can play the 18-hole, Par 72 course, which measures 6,476 yards, overlooking the River Conwy and Conwy Mountain. The club has hosted several championship events since 1899, when the first championship event was held at Conwy, including the Mens’ Home Internationals in 2018, and recently announced that it’ll be hosts of the 2020 Curtis Cup. 

Royal Porthcawl 

Although the course was built in 1891, Royal Porthcawl club didn’t really establish itself until after the war in 1950. The club held its first major tournament in 1951, The Amateur Championship which brought a real enthusiasm for the game. From then, the club began to host numerous amateur and professional championships. The most recent championship held at Royal Porthcawl was the 2017 Senior Open Championship. This course offers spectacular sea views of the Bristol Channel which can be spotted from all 18 holes 

royal porthcawl golf club wales

Tourists can experience the breathtaking scenery from the rugged landscape of the North and visit these courses through Best of Scotland Holiday’s Golf in Wales package.  

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