Wales Amateur

On 11th January 1895, committee members from seven recently established golf clubs in Wales met in the Raven Hotel, Shrewsbury to consider a proposal from Richard Ruck, president of Aberdovey Golf Club, to form a national organization similar to the Irish Golfing Union which had been established a year previously.

Wales Amateur Championship Trophy

Nine delegates from Aberdovey, Borth, Caernarvonshire, Glamorganshire, Merionethshire, Porthcawl and Rhyl golf clubs were all in attendance, and a number of the thirteen other regularly constituted clubs in Wales had indicated their support for the new venture.

It was decided to stage a Challenge Cup competition for teams of six members at Aberdovey during Whitsuntide week and during this national meeting, a Welsh Championship for scratch players would be played. When this individual championship was first held, John Hunter from Glamorganshire emerged victorious.

Hunter would also win the event the following year at Rhyl. In nineteen editions of the tournament up until the start of World War I, golfers from Glamorganshire captured eight of the titles that were contested. Interestingly, the 1913 tournament (the last before a six-year interruption) wasn’t staged in Wales at all as it took place across the border with England in Chester.

Another nineteen Amateur events were held between the wars and eight were won by Henry Howell of Glamorganshire Golf Club, who secured his titles between 1920 at Southerndown and 1932 at Ashburnham. He’s without doubt the best amateur golfer Wales has ever produced, though his exploits are now largely overshadowed by professional players who’ve since represented Wales on the world stage.

Howell was a gambler who never went anywh...

Wales Amateur host courses

Ashburnham

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th 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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Conwy

3rd North Wales - Best in Area 5th 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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Glamorganshire

23rd South Wales - Best in Area

Glamorganshire Golf Club was the first course to be constructed in the south of the country so its prominence in Welsh golfing history was assured right from the start.

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Machynys Peninsula

3rd West Wales - Best in Area 11th Wales Ranking

With stunning views of Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower Peninsula, the Nicklaus-designed 7,100-yard links-style Machynys Peninsula is set to become a Welsh flagship course...

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Newport Golf Club

9th South Wales - Best in Area 24th Wales Ranking

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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Prestatyn

11th North Wales - Best in Area 32nd Wales Ranking

Prestatyn Golf Club is the most northerly course in mainland Wales and is routed across 150 acres of natural links land. It represents a challenge when the prevailing southwesterly blows.

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Pyle and Kenfig

5th South Wales - Best in Area 10th Wales Ranking

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

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Radyr

17th South Wales - Best in Area 39th Wales Ranking

The esteemed golf architect Harry Colt redesigned the 18 parkland/heathland holes at Radyr Golf Club and his work over the gently undulating terrain has stood the test of time...

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Rhos-on-Sea

Gem Wales - Best in Area

Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club is a very pleasant parkland course, extending now to just over 6,000 yards with fine views over Penrhyn Bay.

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Wales Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Tony Perkins Courses Played 12
= Steven Hulse Courses Played 12
= Brian Ward Courses Played 12
4 Peter ward Courses Played 11
= Ed Battye Courses Played 11
= David Baxter Courses Played 11
7 Tim Elliott Courses Played 10
= Shane Davies Courses Played 10
= Rhys Dobson Courses Played 10
= James Roe Courses Played 10