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This is one of the few courses you could truly recommend taking non-golfers to! The walk, with or without clubs, is just fantastic and the views just keep getting better as the round progresses. There are plenty of blind shots, but apart from the 17th hole, too quirky even for my taste, everything else is actually manageable the first time, as long as you factor in the wind, the bounce and the roll of the ball, but who wouldn't on a links course? The greens were slightly slow, but true, so presented a decent challenge in the beginning of May 2014. Would not like to play them a lot faster without knowing the course intimately though. Rating is tough: views are clearly 6-ball, but the finish is 4-ball max, so I settled for a 5-ball.
May 13, 2014
End of March scratch team tour and we played 36 at Pennard between days at Ashburnham and Royal Porthcawl. With many of us having played numerous links golf throughout Britain we did not have huge expectations based on ranking and reviews. But. .Wow, what a fantastic course! Yes, the second was a temp hole due to maintenence and it was a little scruffy in places but for enjoyment this goes ahead of Royal Porthcawl and Royal St. David's. All nine of us agreed. Greens were very good, the welcome superb and the views outstanding. Maybe not the strategic design of the above but well designed and challenging enough esp with a stiff breeze. Thoroughly recommend it.
April 16, 2014
We have just got back from a weekend golfing in south wales. Playing Royal Porthcawl on Friday, Machynys Peninsula on Saturday and then finishing off with Pennard yesterday. If I am totally honest I wasn't overly bothered about playing Pennard before arriving and all I can say is how glad I am that I did. This is an absolute gem of a course, undulating, quirky, short but tough, scenic and an unbelievably friendly clubhouse and golf pro. Its not in Royal Porthcawl's class as a course but it still has some very special holes of its own with a great finishing three that could ruin any good round. I would happily play this course every week if possible as the atmosphere around the place was amazing, the course was in excellent condition and the views are just sublime.
November 04, 2013
I played Pennard two weeks ago on a beautiful but blustery morning. The pro shop could not have been more helpful. What a delightful location, I was so looking forward to the course. Rarely have I been so disappointed. The course was very scruffy & not just around the edges, lack of divot replacement, tees seemingly uncared for, very bumpy & inconsistent greens. The course requires some urgent tlc. It is always a mystery to me why so much money is invested in the clubhouse when it is the course that clearly requires attention. There indeed may be a long term development plan but I & apparently others have not seen signs of it thus far.
October 10, 2013
2 / 10
November 22, 2013
A 2 ball rating seems a little harsh given that 40 other reviews have been scribed over a period of nine years and,aside from your good self, the lowest rating is a 4 ball. Pennard may be a "little rough around the edges" but it is a delight to play, has some fabulous and challenging holes and will test the imagination and variety in your game every time you are lucky enough to play it.
November 29, 2013
Played Pennard for the first time today. I'd rate the course as a 5-ball with the welcome received as a 6-ball. I have to respond to the comment in the above review regarding the greens as being 'very bumpy and inconsistent'. My opinion is that the greens were the complete antithesis of this negative comment. They were amongst the best 'november' greens I've encountered.
Played Pennard in August on a lovely warm day with little wind. I had heard a lot about it and was very excited to be playing especially for £20 a round.However I was I have to say I was slightly disappointed. Beautiful scenery, friendly atmosphere and some fabulous hole's, but for me as a first time visitor there were too many unfair holes, blind shot's and very unlucky bounce's, this despite some recent rain..One of my partner's smoked a drive at the marker post on one long par 4 possibly the ninth and never saw his ball again. We were not too keen on the par 5 10th at least not the tee shot, we found it very difficult to see where to aim. Not very enamoured by the 17th either certainly as a first timer.However we had a good time and there are certainly some lovely holes there. 7th, 8th, 11th and the brilliant 16th stand out.We will go back one day, maybe we should have listened more carefully to the lady who warned us in the pro shop about the Pennard bounce.Nick
October 09, 2013
An absolutely superb, natural feeling golf course with stupendous views of one of the loveliest parts of Britain. Similarly to Nefyn you have to keep an eye out for wandering "civilians" at times, but this is a fun, friendly, totally memorable experience. Can't wait to go back. A little rough around the edges, no less charming for it, but not quite 6 ball.
April 10, 2013
Played in March 2013. Course is a great layout with a tremendous variety of holes, a true links challenge with magnificent coastal views and castle ruin thrown in. The course was a little scruffy in places but in fairness it was early March after a long winter. Our green fee of £25 for the 27 holes played was unbelievable value. Very friendly and helpful Pro & staff. Off the course the food wasn't great, maybe buy in better quality and charge more? That small criticism aside a great experience and not too be missed if you get the chance to play it.
March 15, 2013
8 / 10
June 21, 2013
the food is disappointing, much like what youd expect in a canteen, but in its defence thats better than what i was offered elsewhere. if you want a proper meal, there are plenty of restaurants in mumbles and swansea, of the gower courses the only place i had a restaurant quality meal was machynys.
I played here Aug 2012 after a 5 hour drive from Manchester as I had a friend’s wedding nearby. I love links golf and when you put a course of that quality in a stunning location, you get a fantastic golf experience. I joined up with a member for 9 holes who was as welcoming as the assistant pro and the clubhouse staff. Too many great holes to mention all...the 7th I think (castle right off the tee) would be a great hole anyway but add one of the best views in Britain (more spectacular than Turnberry due to elevation) a bit of bias due to a birdie and it doesn't get any better. The champ tee on the 17th is also immense and I stayed there for a good 5 minutes just to take it all in. I paid twilight green fee but would have been happy paying full wack for this gem.
October 02, 2012
Surely this course is unique in Britain if not the world. Where else can you find such rippled fairways, dramatic changes in elevation and pure excitement on a links course 200 feet above sea level? Two of us drove from Cheshire to play the course on one of the few pleasant days so far this summer and found it to be a class act. Why it has never featured in some of the other well known Top 100 rankings is a surprise to me. Perhaps the undulating nature of the course, particularly on the back 9 and the number of blind drives puts some people off, but definitely not us. Too many good holes to mention with great variety and breathtaking views from many places on the course, just a shame I forgot the camera. Mike the Pro was extremely welcoming and very knowledgeable when it comes to the best courses in Britain. If you get the chance to meet him ask about the castle curse, it’s a nice bit of folklore and the Americans love it. Maybe not the best course in Wales but it would certainly be in my top 4.
July 13, 2012
Very much an old school links, not too long with a few driveable par 4s if you're into that, with lots of doglegs and changes in elevation. Got a few wicked features, a castle ruins in the middle of one hole. and some holes running right along the cliff side.The 17th is one of the best holes I have ever played, must been seen to believed. Pennard may be one of the most under-rated courses in the golf, my only piece of recommendation is to go there. Choongy x
December 09, 2011
8 / 10
December 09, 2011
You must be a big, strong lad Choongy. Twelve is driveable but if you've managed to hit any of the others then it's off to tour school for you my boy!
June 06, 2012
I struggle to see how even Bubba Watson could drive any of the par 4's! Fantastic course, really enjoyable having to deal with the undulations and changes in elevation. I imagine on a sunny day the views are breathtaking, sadly for us it was wet and windy (it's supposed to be June!) and visibility was poor. Only disappointment were the greens, which were slow and bumpy, and well below my expectations of a course of this calibre. One thing to note, a number of earlier reviewers have commented on the length of the course, at only 6,300 yards. This is from the white tees (which we played from), but I noticed that there are now blue tees which add significant length to some of the holes. A great course, very tricky for a first time visitor with many blind shots through the dunes, I imagine it becomes easier when you know where you are going and know what is lurking on the other side of every ridge!
May 13, 2013
Were you playing off the ladies tees!?
June 21, 2013
off yellow or white tees there are very few drivable par 4s even for big hitters, a couple come in to play if wind is with you, and the 3rd on a still day, but if you fail to find the area by the green and the rough is up, then its a long walk back to the tee same with the 7th if you go long, 12th drivable for decent length hitters but miss right your in a bunker miss left or long its a good 4, id say rare to have more than 3 drivable par 4s and all fraught with danger, if 8 and 14 are somehow drivable with wind then 3 7 12 wont be. Playing the blue tees to somewhere near your handicap you have to hit the ball long and straight, the 5 or 6 times a year that blue tees are in use in competition for members, its very rare to see any high handicappers making the mistake of entering a second time.