South Wales

Home to over two million people, the South Wales region includes the major cities of Cardiff and Swansea. The old coal pits and iron foundries that defined South Wales during the 19th century have now largely been replaced by service sector jobs and regeneration projects have removed almost all traces of a heavy industrial past as people in this part of Wales look forward to a bright future in a new millennium.

We’ve defined South Wales to include the preserved counties of Gwent and South, Mid and West Glamorgan, which in broad terms incorporates the two historic counties of Monmouthshire and Glamorganshire.

The Gwent Golf Union and the Glamorgan County Golf Union handle male golf in the area, with the Monmouthshire Ladies’ Counties Golf Association and Glamorgan Ladies’ County Golf Association administering golf for the ladies of South Wales.

Royal Porthcawl is acknowledged as the premier golf course in Wales, featuring prominently in Top 100 rankings for Great Britain and Ireland. Porthcawl is a classic old links layout that has hosted numerous professional golf tournaments but the course is better known for its contribution to amateur golf, having been used as the venue for sixteen Welsh Amateur Championships since 1900 and six Amateur Championships between 1951 and 2002. The Walker Cup was also held here in 1995 when Great Britain & Ireland defeated USA 14-10.

The title “brash new kid on the Welsh golfing scene” could easily be attributed to the Celtic Manor Resort where Welsh entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews has developed three championship 18-hole courses in recent years. His Roman Road layout was first to open in 1995 then a decade passed before the 54-hole complex was completed with the reformation of the Montgomerie and the Ryder Cup Twenty Ten courses in 2007.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South Wales

Royal Porthcawl

1st South Wales - Best in Area

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: 5.5333333333333 out of 6

Pennard

2nd South Wales - Best in Area

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: 5.12 out of 6

Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

3rd South Wales - Best in Area

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

Pyle and Kenfig

4th South Wales - Best in Area

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

Southerndown

5th South Wales - Best in Area

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

St Pierre (Old)

6th South Wales - Best in Area

It was here at St Pierre, in the 1980 British Masters, that Bernhard Langer became the first German to win a major tournament.

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Description: It was here at St Pierre, in the 1980 British Masters, that Bernhard Langer became the first German to win a major tournament. Rating: 4.2857142857143 out of 6

Rolls of Monmouth

7th South Wales - Best in Area

Set in the grounds of the former estate of Charles Stewart Rolls, the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club really is the Rolls-Royce of hidden gems.

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Description: Set in the grounds of the former estate of Charles Stewart Rolls, the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club really is the Rolls-Royce of hidden gems. Rating: 4.625 out of 6

Celtic Manor (Roman Road)

8th South Wales - Best in Area

Trent Jones Senior has created an American-style course that will appeal to golfers of all abilities for the holes are captivating and challenging.

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Description: Trent Jones Senior has created an American-style course that will appeal to golfers of all abilities for the holes are captivating and challenging. Rating: 4.1111111111111 out of 6

Newport Golf Club

9th South Wales - Best in Area

Founded in 1903, Newport Golf Club is one of the best parkland courses in South Wales and it’s set some 300-feet above sea level among the birch, beech and oak trees of the Llwyni Wood.

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Description: Founded in 1903, Newport Golf Club is one of the best parkland courses in South Wales and it’s set some 300-feet above sea level among the birch, beech and oak trees of the Llwyni Wood. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Whitchurch

10th South Wales - Best in Area

Voted the best inland golf course in Wales in 2008, Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf Club was founded in 1914 and this pretty parkland course is set on high ground where panoramic city and coastal views are free of charge.

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