Wales


The Welsh Tourist Board once promoted Wales as follows: “For the many who have tired of sunloungers… Wales. Home of proper holidays. Phrasebook optional, sense of adventure essential, indifference best left at home.” What can we add to that? Probably not much really, especially as Wales was in the world spotlight in October 2010 when the Ryder Cup went to sunny Newport.

Celtic Manor Resort’s Twenty Ten course was purpose-built for the Ryder Cup, which was not only a nail-biter, but also resulted in the first Monday finish in Ryder Cup history due to Friday’s play being washed out by torrential rain.

There are just over 150 golf clubs in the country which are administered by the Golf Union of Wales and its two dozen County Unions and Associations. We feature the best fifty Welsh golf courses (see below) and a few of these are world-class and should be on every golfer’s “must-play” list. The two Royals of Porthcawl and St David’s perennially head the rankings but there are plenty of other excellent courses, mainly hugging the long Welsh coastline, which should also be savoured.

We updated our Welsh golf course rankings in August 2015. Full details are here: Top 50 Golf Courses of Wales.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Wales

Royal Porthcawl

1st Wales Ranking

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is located off the beaten track, east of Swansea and west of Cardiff. Despite being the highest ranked course in Wales, it remains relatively unknown.

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Description: Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is located off the beaten track, east of Swansea and west of Cardiff. Despite being the highest ranked course in Wales, it remains relatively unknown. Rating: 5.5434782608696 out of 6

Royal St David's

2nd Wales Ranking

The glorious setting for Royal St David’s Golf Club is nothing short of beautiful and romantic. The forbidding medieval Harlech castle and towering sand dunes guard the course.

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Description: The glorious setting for Royal St David’s Golf Club is nothing short of beautiful and romantic. The forbidding medieval Harlech castle and towering sand dunes guard the course. Rating: 4.8409090909091 out of 6

Aberdovey

3rd Wales Ranking

Aberdovey Golf Club is set enchantingly within the Snowdonia National Park at the mouth of the Dovey Estuary...

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Description: Aberdovey Golf Club is set enchantingly within the Snowdonia National Park at the mouth of the Dovey Estuary... Rating: 4.9722222222222 out of 6

Pennard

4th Wales Ranking

Pennard Golf Club is a delightful old-fashioned affair and without doubt, this is one of the very best links courses in the British Isles.

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Description: Pennard Golf Club is a delightful old-fashioned affair and without doubt, this is one of the very best links courses in the British Isles. Rating: 5.1176470588235 out of 6

Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

5th Wales Ranking

Twenty Ten is the first course built specifically for the Ryder Cup and is the result of collaboration between the PGA, architects and tour pros...

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Description: Twenty Ten is the first course built specifically for the Ryder Cup and is the result of collaboration between the PGA, architects and tour pros... Rating: 4.7222222222222 out of 6

Ashburnham

6th Wales Ranking

Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship.

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Description: Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship. Rating: 4.5454545454545 out of 6

Conwy

7th Wales Ranking

Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268...

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Description: Conwy Golf Club has played host to a number of major tournaments, including the Martini in 1970, when Peter Thomson and Doug Sewell tied on 268... Rating: 4.9666666666667 out of 6

Pyle and Kenfig

8th Wales Ranking

Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, commonly known as P&K, is one of Wales’s finest links courses. Its famous regal neighbour, Royal Porthcawl, lies next door.

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Description: Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club, commonly known as P&K, is one of Wales’s finest links courses. Its famous regal neighbour, Royal Porthcawl, lies next door. Rating: 4.125 out of 6

Tenby

9th Wales Ranking

Tenby Golf Club is situated on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, affording superb views across to one of the UK’s most fascinating and holiest of islands.

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Description: Tenby Golf Club is situated on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, affording superb views across to one of the UK’s most fascinating and holiest of islands. Rating: 4.1428571428571 out of 6

Southerndown

10th Wales Ranking

Over time, sand has blown up from the seashore, coming to rest on the rolling slopes and giving the turf at Southerndown Golf Club a rather links-like character.

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Description: Over time, sand has blown up from the seashore, coming to rest on the rolling slopes and giving the turf at Southerndown Golf Club a rather links-like character. Rating: 4.55 out of 6