Clyne - South Wales - Wales

Clyne Golf Club,
118-120 Owls Lodge Lan,
Mayals,
Swansea,
SA3 5DP,
Wales


  • +44 (0) 1792 401989

  • John Hollis

  • Harry Colt

  • Jonathan Clewett

Ian nominated the Clyne Golf Club as a gem and we added the course to the site in December 2007. Since then Clyne became a ranked Welsh course after we published the first country ranking for Wales back in 2008. We didn’t feel the need to write an article on Clyne because Ian says it all:

“Clyne Golf Club is located in an elevated position above Swansea and is perhaps the lesser-known neighbour to Pennard. Its location though is nearly as dramatic with wonderful panoramic sea views of the Gower Peninsula.

Interesting viewing platform at Clyne Golf Club - Photo by Alex SherrattThe course itself is similar in style and layout to Southerndown – being both a moorland-type course with plenty of gorse and fern bordering the course mixed in with its common land occupants (mainly sheep!). This is a course like Pennard and we felt that the challenge at Clyne was nearly as demanding as its formidable neighbour.

The layout and variation of the holes is good and you will not come here and play to your handicap without being accurate as the greens are well protected. Amongst the holes, there are some very long par fours and very tight par threes. The direction of the wind is always a big factor here – we played a couple of par fours into the wind which were just less than 400 yards and it took two very good hits to get home. Conversely when the wind was helping from its prevailing direction (which gives you the chance also to hit it long from elevated tees) the drive with your driver becomes extremely rewarding.

The 9th is a case in point; a par four over 450 yards long can be reduced to a drive and medium iron. Standing on the tee you will see a stone plaque commemorating the occasion when in 1995 a member drove the green in one.

We all loved this course and feel that it is a proper golfers course. The test was as stern as Pennard or Southerndown and the variation and elevation equally as challenging. This is a real hidden gem and we were pleased to search it out. The club notes that Peter Alliss had ranked this course within his Top 200 in the UK so others have made it their business to hunt it out too!”

“If my father had not been a travelling man, I might well have been brought up here.” Wrote Peter Alliss in his book – The Good Golf Guide featuring the 200 Best Courses in the British Isles. “Having moved from Yorkshire, he (Percy Alliss) began his professional career at Royal Porthcawl as an assistant and then became Clyne’s first professional in 1920. The course was officially opened in 1921 with the Mayor of Swansea invited to perform the inauguration ceremonies. Alas, his worship missed the ball at his first attempt to drive and my father had to give him a quick word or two of advice on his golf swing.”

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Description: Founded in 1920, Clyne Golf Club was designed by Harry Colt and the course is perched on the high ground of Clyne Common more than 300 feet above sea level. Rating: 4.2 out of 6 Reviews: 5

A very welcoming golf club with good onsite accommodation. The course was generally well presented with greens in good condition. Some good views of Swansea Bay, combined with grazing sheep and horses gave the course a very natural 'traditional' feel, akin to RND except with more elevation change. Quite a variety of holes off the yellow tees (would have been nice to have been off the whites) with both short and long par 4's; par 3's seemed to be predominantly uphill, whilst 9 and 18 were both steeply downhill to the greens. Can't really think of any real standout holes, although the view of the par 5 third off the tee some is excellant. Not as exciting or varied as nearby Pennard but none the less worth a visit
4 / 6
Clyne
June 22, 2015


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Lovely course, great greens, stunning views of Swansea Bay. There are wires round the greens to keep the sheep at bay but they didn't cause any problems and the gates round the greens are well sited.Staff are very friendly and the food was delicious. They now have a B&B accommodation facility on site which I will consider using the next time I visit the area.
6 / 6
Clyne
October 28, 2013


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Not a bad course but is generally quite scruffy. Could be described as cheaper version of Southerndown - both courses very similar in layout with Southerndown being in much better condition.Not in the same league as its neighbours Pennard and Gower still worth a the green fee.
3 / 6
Clyne
April 30, 2008


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Clyne is an interesting, varied and challenging course laid out on common land where sheep and cattle graze. I’ve not played here in recent years but it’s a worthy course to be featured on this site. The old adage, keep it in play, is essential here as the rough can be brutal not to mention the gorse bushes which seem more magnetic here than anywhere else I’ve played. The views are also special, especially from the 16th where you can see Swansea Bay and Mumbles.
4 / 6
Clyne
January 08, 2008


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We twinned this up with a trip with Pennard, and it proved to be a good choice ! The welcome was great, the Pro very friendly and helpful and as the course is set out with the 9th back round to clubhouse playing 27 holes is not a problem. The back nine is slightly better IMO just because you get more views from the hilltop across the bay, o/a though the course has a great mix of holes that throws up some easy holes and some tough ones that will provide a great day out. I can highly recommend this course .... also the food was great at lunch (soup, sarnies and chips had us beat !)
4 / 6
Clyne
January 08, 2008


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