Langland Bay - South Wales - Wales

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


  • +44 (0) 1792 361721

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles SW of Swansea city centre

  • Welcome, contact by telephone in advance

  • Andrew Minty

  • James Braid

  • Mark Evans

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: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 11

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

3 / 6
Langland Bay
June 16, 2016


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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 :-)
4 / 6
Langland Bay
July 23, 2013


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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
5 / 6
Langland Bay
May 27, 2011


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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.
5 / 6
Langland Bay
October 23, 2010


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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!
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.
5 / 6
Langland Bay
April 13, 2010


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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
6 / 6
Langland Bay
April 02, 2010


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Nigel
April 04, 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.
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.
5 / 6
Langland Bay
April 02, 2010


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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
6 / 6
Langland Bay
February 09, 2010


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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
The high-rating reviewer cannot have played many golf courses, or perhaps they are members at Langland Bay and each has a pair of rose-coloured glasses. Langland Bay is a nice holiday course but little more than that. Good views alone do not make a great golf course and crossing fairways are not my idea of good course design. By all means go and enjoy a seaside, holiday course with lovely views but don’t expect to find an architectural classic.
3 / 6
Langland Bay
February 09, 2010


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Suprised to find Langland Bay amongst the gems of Wales. It isn't. Too many holes squeezed into too little space. It has good greens and views but unfortunately very little else. The par 3's for instance aren't much more than pitch and putt holes.There are far better courses around Swansea than this. Try Swansea Bay for instance, that really is a gem.
3 / 6
Langland Bay
April 08, 2008


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Jack
May 22, 2009
How can you say the par 3's are like pitch and putt, i would like to see you hit it on the 1st and make a 2 or a 3 and unless your a big hitter no way you can drive the 5th (3rd par 4) for instance its 360 yards long