Borth & Ynyslas - West Wales - Wales

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


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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: 5.3 out of 10 Reviews: 14
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Bobo
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.
August 16, 2010
6 / 10
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Lon
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.
September 16, 2007
8 / 10
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David Richards
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.
March 21, 2005
4 / 10
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Bob
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!
March 11, 2005
6 / 10
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