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.