Langland Bay - South Wales - Wales

Langland Bay Golf Club,
Mumbles,
Swansea,
SA3 4QR,
Wales


  • +44 (0) 1792 361721

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  • 5 miles SW of Swansea city centre

  • Welcome, contact by telephone in advance

Golf was first played at Langland Bay Golf Club in 1904 – three years, almost to the day, after the first meeting of like-minded golfers who decided to form a club. The Langland Bay course is a charming, old-fashioned layout, located on seaside meadowland between the bays of Langland and Caswell on the Gower Peninsula.

With delightful changes in elevation throughout, Langland Bay is not long at 6,026 yards (reflected in a Standard Scratch Score one less than the par of 70) but what it doesn’t have in yardage it makes up for in many other ways; plenty of rough, lots of bunkers, small, fast greens and several water hazards – all of which, along with typical coastal weather, combine to protect par on the course.

The round begins with a long par three at the whimsically named “Bridge Too Far,” followed by a relatively short par five. There then follows a sequence of eight par fours, beginning with back-to-back short holes (both under 260 yards) at the 3rd and 4th and ending with the toughest hole on the back nine, “Shellard’s Rise.” During this run of holes, the uphill 6th is one of the hardest on the whole Gower coast, and the 343-yard 8th, called “Braid’s Choice,” is named in honour of the course architect, James Braid.

The three remaining par three holes are played at 11, 13 and 16 with the last of them, “Death or Glory,” considered the signature hole at Langland Bay. Played close to the coastal path on the top of the cliffs, trouble seems to lie everywhere from the tee (except on the green) so make sure you find the putting surface otherwise a good scoring round may come to an abrupt end!

And if you do survive the 16th and make it safe onto the home green of the short par four final hole, the name of the 18th will raise a smile and give you pause for thought of what’s to come, maybe, in the clubhouse, “A Drop o’ Beer”!

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Description: With delightful changes in elevation throughout, Langland Bay Golf Club is not long at 5,857 yards, but what it doesn’t have in yardage it makes up for in many other ways... Rating: 6.2 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Javier Pintos

“The Parkland in the Sky” … after the morning round and lunch at Pennard I drove 10mins to this Gem and jumped on the first tee (a 190yds par 3) to play with friendly Member Couple named Steve and Jill, a 56 yrs old lady playing of8.3 and with the will of making it to scratch even having started late in life to play. Now I call that a target and the will to improve!

Langland is not far from Pennard, it borders a quite dramatic cliff but it is totally different as it is another type of grass, smaller and fast greens, trees and quite abunch ot tricky doglegs as well. It will never be very long famous course but trust me it is one of those that will open every single golfer’s eyes after they finish the round.

After the tough opener and a gentle short par 5, you play a reachable 4 but with a lot of danged left and back and then another short 4 with an elevated green before heading to the cliff. 5th and 6th although with views are not close to the cliff being this last one by far the toughest hole on the course measuring over 450yds up the hill and usually into the wind … a par 5 for most golfers!

7th is a dogleg right with dense rough for those who want to cut the corner with an amazing green near the cliff. Then 8th and 9th two short par 4s with cliff and danger on the left side and some serious views.

After challenging 10th measuring over 430yds, the course gets narrow and tricky with two mandatory iron tee shots on par 4s and 2 very good par 3s before 15th facing the ocean finishing in a fantastic setting by the Cliff. 16th called Death or Glory is a 150yds par 3 with cliff on the left, dense rough short, long and right … bring a dart!!

17th is the highest point of the course and the green the lowest so it is one shot you will see it fly for quite a while for then to make an approach to a narrow and left to right sloped green. 18th is a short 4 with a pond on the left which makes you lay up although longer hitters could go for it cutting the corner. Another very warm and friendly Club House makes it a nice end to a demanding 36 holes day.

One single weak detail on this course are internal OBs, I simply don’t like them at all but maybe they are necessary to avoid wayward balls to hit another golfer or walkers.

This one could not be in the Central Stage of the trip but if there is room for one round, make the call. One great walk in a fantastic piece of land.

October 27, 2021
6 / 10
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Rob Wallace

If we were ranking courses on the views this would right up there with the very best! In a beautiful part of Wales it should be played as part of a trip to the area. That said the course whilst ok is nothing special IMO.

There are some great holes but much of the rest is just average.

Should you give this course a go ....yes if only for the views and few top class golf holes alone.

February 05, 2021
5 / 10
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David Baxter

Played Langland Bay in June 2016. Excellant views, reasonable greens and a variety of holes. Fairly confined and as a result quite a few holes criss-cross which is not always condusive to a relaxed game. Favourite hole was number 7 which is a delightful par 4 overlooking Caswell Bay. Worth playing but not in same league as Pennard

June 16, 2016
4 / 10
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Andrew
Played this and Pennard in July 2013 during a prolonged hot spell on a short golf break which I'd organised. First impressions weren't great when I drove into the car park and the course just looked like open land. Having made all the arrangements I was dreading the stick to come from my playing partners. I didn't know at the time but I had nothing to fear. Mark the professional was very friendly and helped to get us an earlier tee time, even coming out to show us the way on the first. Not the longest of courses by any means but a good test of golf. Managed to drive the 3rd and 4th greens which helped. Personal favourites were 7 & 16 (both bogied). The course was in excellent condition and some of the views were superb. Needless to say, my playing partners were very complimentary both of the course and myself for finding it and they'd like to play it again. If you're in the vicinity or even contemplating a golf trip around the Swansea area you could do worse than play here. Pennard, Langland and Machynys would make up a good trio of courses to play, no two course the same and with something for everyone. Recommended.....oh and I took the money :-)
July 22, 2013
6 / 10
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albert
very well maintained golf coursegood bunkers with plenty of fluffy sandwell cut greens and fairwaysexactly what i want out of a golfcourseits a shame that its a bit lacking in spacecould be a truly great course if they had a few more acresthe 3rd and 4th holes are too short for par 4saltho they are 2 nice very good birdie chances with a reasonable driveapart from the first the par 3s are all quite short toonot used to par 3s which need a 9 iron or wedge off the teeplenty of tricky bunkers to protect the greensiv played most of the courses on gower and langland is my favourite was very impressed by how well maintained the course is and its also nice that its buggy friendly as that speeds the old boys up
May 26, 2011
8 / 10
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jd
Played Langland for the first time the other day and can honestly say its one of the best ive played. Great chance holes and everyone has something about it. Not a 6baller tho because then im saying its as good as the best in the world.Definately worth playing.
October 22, 2010
8 / 10
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Scotty
November 01, 2010
If this is one of the best courses you have played then I am guessing you havent played many courses at all. Admittedly the views are pretty special, the course.... As many others on here have stated, nowhere near a 5 ball rating. 2-3 balls at the very most!
Tim
I feel the comments below are unfair and inaccurate. The Golf course is a joy to play. I am currently a member of St Pierre and I can honestly say that if i lived closer, I would definately join Langland Bay. The course is well looked after and attention to detail is fantastic. The greens are small and take an accurate golfer to score low. Great Course, enjoyable round, friendly atmosphere with superb views as a bonus.
April 12, 2010
8 / 10
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John Roger Jones
I have brought clients to this course for years and it has been an excellant challenge, great surroundings and in superb condition. I am a member of Royal Porthcawl and previously Pennard and I can honestly say that Langland bay is a course for all abilities which is a great test and good value for money of paying a green fee. It is in my top courses in wales no problem
April 01, 2010
10 / 10
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Nigel
April 03, 2010
OK so you are a member at Royal Porthcawl and you take clients to Langland Bay. Clearly your clients are non-golfers. If I was your client I’d feel short changed at being taken to Langland rather than Porthcawl and would consider taking my business elsewhere. Giving a course the top 6-ball rating suggests it’s as good as it gets anywhere in the world and having played Langland once, I concur with 3-ball review posted on Feb 9 2010. No way is Langland world class, it’s average at best.
Sarah Richards
I Agree with the review below. I am currenly a member of a course near Langland Bay and I would happily join there if looking for a different club. The greens are used most of the year round and the condition is always good. Good course, tight in places, good test.
April 01, 2010
8 / 10
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Daniel rees

Loved this course. You will not get better views on a golf course other than Pebble Beach. Great value for money with green fee prices very reasonably priced. A must play for golfers of all abilities

February 09, 2010
8 / 10
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DV
February 10, 2010
I am amazed at a 6 ball rating for this course. O.K the views are half decent but to compare them to Pebble Beach indicates you probably haven't played there. If it's views your after try North Berwick, Gullane 1, Waterville, Tralee, The Old Head or one of Langland's neighbours Pennard. The difference is, with all of these great tracks there is a golf course to match the view. Unfortunately, the same can not be said of Langland Bay.
CC
February 16, 2010
Nowhere near a 6 ball rating!!. Guessing this was written be a member :-) Probably the poorest of the courses in swansea. O.K the views are great, golf course - not so much. would be better off playing Pennard, Gower or further up the M4 playing Southerndown, P&K or if you want to push the boat out Royal Porthcawl!
tom stevens
April 02, 2010
USGA spec greens, lovely views, warm atmosphere, lush fairways and a challenging course. I believe Pebble Beach ticks these boxes too!! A Great course, I have brought a corporate golf day here for the last 4 years and will continue to do so. Great Course and more than matches up to its neighbours of Pennard and P&K