Borth & Ynyslas - West Wales - Wales

Borth & Ynyslas Golf Club,
Borth,
Ceredigion,
SY24 5JS,
Wales


  • +44 (0) 1970 871202

  • Dawn Davies

  • Harry Colt

  • J.G. Lewis

Tenby Golf Club (established in 1888) may officially be regarded as the oldest club in Wales but that’s not the case at Borth & Ynyslas where the club protest that they pre-date their Welsh cousins by three years – even though no officially recognised document has ever been produced to substantiate their assertion!

Regardless of its exact date of existence, this Grand Old Lady has been described by one commentator as “a great but often ignored Welsh masterpiece” which is as good a claim to golfing fame as any in our book.

Lying just north of Aberystwyth, on the other side of the Dovey estuary from the more renowned Aberdovey course, the old-fashioned links at Borth & Ynyslas was modified by Harry Colt in 1945 and the great architect’s subtle design touches have been retained.

The length of the course is just over 6,100 yards (for a par of 70) and only two of its par four holes are in excess of 400 yards long so getting to the green in two shots should be no problem. The five par three holes are a difficult proposition though as they all measure at least 170 yards from the medal tees. And if the Borth Breeze blows… well, be prepared for a torrid time here!

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Description: Borth & Ynyslas is a rugged seaside links and the membership strongly claims to be the oldest golf club in Wales. Rating: 3.7 out of 6 Reviews: 9

Borth has a wonderful setting, the cliffs to the back of the first tee remind one of being on the South Coast of England or the North York moors ... its a great frame. The course is a minimalistic links, almost a journey back in time. There are a few weak holes, particularly the par 3 7th which is pretty much a green in a farmer's field.

Overall though, it's a classic links ... small greens, tiny bunkers and in a fleeting glances a little like the Old Course.

If you're in the area then play it ... probably the best assessment I can give is that if you're at Aberdovey for 3 days then play Borth. If only at Aberdovey for 2 days the just play Aberdovey twice. That's not to say Borth is bad, just it's neighbour is outstanding.

4 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
November 25, 2017


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Borth & Ynyslas is a classic ‘out and back’ true links course. It may not be in the same class as its near neighbour, Aberdovey, located on just the other side of the Dovey Estuary but lovers of links golf will find enough here to warrant a visit.

However, those who have a dislike for the superior form of the game will probably hate it!

Established in 1885 Borth & Ynyslals is one of the oldest, arguably the most senior, in Wales. There is no doubt that it is a traditional links course with a rugged, at times almost scruffy, feel to it. Some of the tees were a little unkempt, the fairways hadn’t been cut for a considerable amount of time and there were animal scrapings on some of them. That said, it kind of works here and I loved it.

There was a real feeling of this is how golf was played many decades ago, almost like going back in time, and so much the better for it.

Equipment may have developed over the years too and where modern technology has rendered many courses obsolete the challenge of Borth & Ynyslas remains. Running on a narrow strip of land just a stone’s throw from Borth beach I can imagine the wind howling off the sea and making the course play a lot more difficult than its 6,086 yards may suggest.

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3 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
March 16, 2017


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A really nice traditional links course, and as with all such Welsh courses great value, a quick game and a friendly welcome. As other reviewers have mentioned you really need to be on your game from the off as the first few holes are really tight and intimidating. Given that it is an out and back, there must be many "dog licences" handed out here leading to a subdued walk back. We played in a two club wind from the South West which made a memorable game of golf playing lots of punch shots on the way back from good turf. Highly recommended, definitely worth your support.

4 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
July 31, 2016


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I played at Borth 2 weeks ago as part of a club outing and like past visits we had a warm welcome from the chatty clubhouse staff who supplied us with excellent pre and post round food and refreshments. As is customary in a round at Borth it was yet again a windy day, with a northerly blowing throughout our round making the opening holes facing north an even tougher challenge and what a brute that par4 454yrds 2nd hole is! As narrow a fairway can be with the sea on the left and the busy road on the right in a slicers landing zone, its surely one the most intimidating tee shots on any course. Indeed the busy traffic on the A road which cuts through the course does come as a hazard on the 2nd, 16th 17th and arguably one or two other holes. A slice or a shank on any of these holes and there is a risk of hitting a passing vehicle. I had the unbelievable sight of a lady passenger stepping out of a white transit van and taking a ball i had (dreadfully!) hit onto the road from the 2nd fairway! I thoroughly enjoyed the five par 3's, all of them a challenge and different to each other, 14th making you hit away from the sea towards the left portion, too much left towards the bailout area leaves you with delicate flop over 2 pot bunkers to a narrow strip of a green. 11th with the green surrounded by mounds playing from an elevated tee is another good short hole. Unfortunately the longer holes are uninspiring and like another review they are mostly featureless and short. Most tees i found to be scruffy but the greens where nice to putt on and rolled true. Its was always going to be a challenge to lay a course on what is a relatively narrow piece of land with limited scope and feature but its a challenging traditional links course without too much wow factor.
3 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
October 09, 2013


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Bob
July 31, 2015
The rugged Borth & Ynyslas course is certainly a gem and locals will tell you (and I can vouch after 20+ years of visits) that, whilst Aberdovey has all the finesse to warrant its Top 100 placing, Borth is a sterner test of golf especially off the tee. There are some 'nightmare' holes with very narrow fairways where the sea and the beach are on the left and the coast road lies to the right. A classic out and back links and when the wind is strong off the sea, it’s the ultimate test. This secret gem of a course should certainly figure in any golfing itinerary. Additionally it lies in a scenically beautiful area of West Wales. To cap things off, expect a very friendly welcome inside the modern clubhouse.
Played last week between Xmas and New Year, the weather was not good (it got very wet) so the greens flooded towards the end of the round. The course is an old fashioned links i.e. out and back and is slotted in between the sea and the road. The first and last few holes are a little bland and flat, the better holes are found from the 6th to the 14th. The 2nd tee shot is quite intimidating with the sea very tight on the left and the road very tight on the right so a good straight drive is required to have a chance of making your Par 4 here. The Par 5’s on the front nine are short and are quite accessible in two shots. Overall OK but not as good as Aberdovey, Porthmadog or Royal St David's. The good food / drink in the clubhouse was most welcome after our rainy day on the links.
3 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
January 03, 2012


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Having recently returned from Borth after the Welsh Team championships I have slightly mixed feelings about the course. The front 6 holes were played into a stiff 20-25 mph wind and they can only be described as BRUTAL!!. In a tournament mainly consisting of scratch golfers, bogeys on the first 5 were usually good enough to win the hole. The 2nd, played into the wind is by far the toughest hole I have ever played. Driver, 3wood par 4 with OB right and water left - OUCH!!! The course goes straight out for 8 holes and the last 10 come straight back in so there is very little variation in wind directions which in my opinion, make the course a little bland. The greens were very quick and true even if they didnt look that good, they putted very well. The only criticism I have is that the course is quite featureless. If you only play once, you often forget many of the holes and I felt I was just going through the motions on many holes as there is not much going on here. In my opinion it is still well worth a visit as the front nine is a great test and the greens are very good but I dont think it is quite up there with local courses Aberdovey and Royal St David's.
4 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
August 16, 2010


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Play to your handicap here and you are a true golfer. A fine windy links and as is usual in Wales it is a members course, so a fair price is paid. A fairly new clubhouse with lots of friendly faces. Some very testing holes. Just don't hook the ball on the opening few. Carry on to Aberdovey, Royal St David's Harlech and Porthmadog a great feast of golf that won't break the bank. The latter coures also belong to the members, so a great welcome is the norm. Also enjoy the Snowdonia National Park en-route.
5 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
September 17, 2007


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I have a double edged view of this place.A great middle run of holes is spoiled by a poor start and a dreadful finish. When the sun shines and the weather is good this course is a 'nice' place to play, when the rain comes and the wind blows it is beyond unplayable. Not for me a Gem.
3 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
March 21, 2005


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Yep, I agree with Bob - some very tough holes especially 2nd and 14th. A real links with views of the sea all the way. I love the holes around the turn. Always open through the winter, a friendly club. Greens need a bit more TLC at times and that old river bed on the 18th is always swallowing up golf balls. All in all a good day out and very good value!
4 / 6
Borth & Ynyslas
March 11, 2005


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