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What can I say that's not already been said? It's taken our golf party nearly 20 years to discover the S.Wales courses and I can't believe what we've been missing. If you haven't played them, then play them ! And Pennard? Well it was certainly my favourite. It will probably be your favourite too. Then again you might hate it but one thing's for sure-you'll never forget it !
July 18, 2006
Played the course after a 2 week dry sunny spell, the course therefore was hard, bouncy and fast running so at times it was impossible to keep the ball on the fairways that we all agreed were the most sloping on any course we have ever played at (also a few of the greens had some huge undulations – 7th, 11th and 15th). Yes at times you just don’t know where you are going but who cares when the views are just magic – sea, beach, cliffs and a castle ! The welcome from the Pro was good and he also allowed us to play off the white tees, which was great. Nice clubhouse with good food and beer.
June 17, 2006
This is without doubt the Gem in the crown of Welsh golf courses. The views from the 16th green would not look out of place on a post card. Simply put, a fanatastic place to test your skills. True, some of the lies are a little unfair but what makes up for that is the carpet like feel of the perfectly manicured greens. Very welcoming club also, well worth a visit! Easily up there with Royal Porthcawl and Royal St Davids as a fabulous links course!
May 26, 2006
Challenging, rugged, natural and the Real McCoy! Pennard was the highlight of our trip. Expect some bad bounces and don’t come here expecting to play to handicap (especially on your first outing) it’s brutal at times. Wonderfully quirky and a really friendly club too. Save it until the end of your trip and enjoy it.
March 14, 2006
I made a special trip to play Pennard last year, based on reviews posted on this website and I have to say that I thoroughly agree with the previous reviewer. It's a tremendously fun golf course but it's a bit quirky and it can be unfair. However in my experience good luck and bad luck tend to balance themselves out in golf, so I'm more than happy to give the course an eagle rating. It could be an albatross with a bit of re-working. Don't miss it, it's much more fun than Porthcawl and it makes Tenby look like a holiday course (which it is).
March 06, 2006
8 / 10
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Considering how this has climbed up the rankings in recent years I was, overall, disappointed. ·Very quirky design – it will split opinion. Some of the holes are just plain unfair – you can do great drives and lose your ball. It is hard to see where the fairways are supposed to go on many holes – it is just a bit too “natural” in this regard and I believe that it would benefit from a bit more work on this rather than the “mother nature” design that created it. I love natural, links-type courses, but this was just a bit too much. However, great, great scenery and a beautiful place to have a game in the sun – although, for the risk of being called a heretic, a bit of 21st century improvement, whilst keeping the charm and appeal, could turn a quirky course into a great one. Greens were very good.
September 10, 2005
6 / 10
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Very enjoyable, great views and a warm welcome from the pro.
May 06, 2005
This without doubt is one of the best Links golf courses in the UK. Some of the views are simply breathtaking. With the wind blowing this course can provide a very stern test for even the most accomplished golfer.The sixth, seventh and the sixteenth are some of the most spectacular holes i have ever played. Although some of the lies can be a little uncompromising, this is simply a spectacular course and well worth a visit if you are in the area!!
April 25, 2005
They don't make 'em like this anymore. If you're a visitor from abroad used to playing immaculate 'designed' courses then do yourself a favour and play Pennard and see what you've been missing in golf! The course is difficult to maintain as it's common land so watch out for the electric fences around each green to stop the cows from venturing on them. Spectacular design from nature with stunning cliff top views and medieval castles to boot. You simply can't criticise any element of this course (except perhaps the modern clubhouse). If you're only slightly interested in golf you should do yourself a favour and play here - the one course in Wales I'd travel from London to play again. A breath of fresh air.
October 28, 2004
What a lovely place ! Very modern clubhouse in contrast to the course, which is carved into someof the best land I have seen whilst playing. The first six holes appear to be where you need to start to put a score together as from the 7th to 15th all you get is tough scoring holes. Driving at the 8th ... make sure you get some height on your drive and do not pull it left as the old church wall will delight on pinging your ballback 50 yards (Been there, done that !) At the 16th a little rest as par is comfortable target. But then at 17th a real toughy par 5 - not on length but on the way the fairway turns left through the gorse to the green.As mentioned in the Top100's review there is a lot going on here .... old castles, old churches, beautiful views,cows, cowpats etc ....... all in all it's really really good. Not an easy walk (a lot of ups and downs) but miss playing at Pennard at your peril - Highly recommended.
September 20, 2004