Top 50 Golf Courses of Wales 2016

28 August 2015 Respond to this article

Top 50 Golf Courses of Wales 2016

Little has changed at the top of the national rankings for Wales

There’s little movement at the top end of our new Top 50 rankings for Wales, where all of the first seven courses remain in the same position as the last edition.

St Pierre Old courseThe two regally prefixed venues at Royal Porthcawl and Royal St David’s head the new table and that’s been the situation since 2006 actually, when we created our inaugural Top 15 chart for the Principality.

Several interesting positive moves occur just outside the Top 10, however. Llandrindod Wells, the highest ranked course from the Mid Wales region, rises five places to number 14 and it’s immediately followed at number 15 by St Pierre (Old) from South Wales, an eight-time venue for the British Masters between 1971 and 1983, which also climbs five places in our new chart.

Borth & Ynyslas Golf ClubWest Wales is not exactly over endowed with top notch courses but a couple of superior 18-hole layouts from that region also make significant progress up the chart and they are Cardigan (up four to 18), which celebrated its centenary in 1995, and Borth & Ynyslas (up six to 20), where Harry Colt had a hand in upgrading the links layout in 1945.

A little further down the listings, several courses make significant double digit upward moves. Newport (up eleven to 21) and Radyr (up fourteen to 31) are two top tracks in South Wales that are only now achieving the recognition they deserve and the same can also be said of the two underrated North Wales layouts at Prestatyn (up thirteen to 30) and Llandudno (up eleven to 35).

Whitchurch (Cardiff) Golf ClubSix courses – Aberystwyth, Llanishen, Mountain Ash, Penrhos, Peterstone Lakes and Pontypridd – make way for half a dozen new entries, five of which debut in the lower reaches of the chart. The highest newcomer is a bit of a surprise and it’s Whitchurch in Cardiff at number 23. Extended to a full 18-hole layout within a decade of its inauguration as a 9-hole track in 1915, this century-old course still has sixteen of its original eighteen holes in play.

We always welcome comments when we publish new national rankings so we’d love to know what you think of our new Top 50 for Wales. What did we get right and what might we have got wrong? Is there a course that we’ve inadvertently missed or perhaps we’ve listed one that really doesn’t merit inclusion? Please use the “Respond to this article” link at the bottom of this page if you’d like to contact us.

Rank

Course

Move

1

Royal Porthcawl

No change

2

Royal St David's

No change

3

Aberdovey

No change

4

Pennard

No change

5

Celtic Manor (Twenty Ten)

No change

6

Ashburnham

No change

7

Conwy

No change

8

Pyle & Kenfig

Up 2

9

Tenby

Down 1

10

Southerndown

Down 1

11

Nefyn (Old)

No change

12

North Wales (Llandudno)

Up 1

13

Machynys Peninsula

Down 1

14

Llandrindod Wells

Up 5

15

St Pierre (Old)

Up 5

16

Rolls of Monmouth

Down 1

17

Bull Bay

No change

18

Cardigan

Up 4

19

Celtic Manor (Roman Road)

Up 2

20

Borth & Ynyslas

Up 6

21

Newport

Up 11

22

Porthmadog

Up 2

23

Whitchirch [Cardiff]

NEW

24

Celtic Manor (Montgomerie)

Down 10

25

Vale of Llangollen

Up 5

26

Pwllheli

Up 2

27

Cradoc

Up 10

28

Holyhead

Down 12

29

Welshpool

Down 11

30

Prestatyn

Up 13

31

Radyr

Up 14

32

Clyne

Down 7

33

Langland Bay

Down 6

34

Cardiff

Down 3

35

Llandudno - Maesdu

Up 11

36

Vale (Wales National)

Down 7

37

Neath

Down 14

38

Wrexham

Up 6

39

Abersoch

Down 6

40

Monmouthshire

Down 4

41

Caernarfon

Up 1

42

Abergele

NEW

43

Builth Wells

NEW

44

Rhuddlan

Down 5

45

Anglesey

NEW

46

Glamorganshire

NEW

47

Carmarthen

Down 13

48

Northop

NEW

49

Mold

Down 11

50

Wenvoe Castle

Down 3

To view the complete detailed list of the Top 50 Golf Courses in Wales click the link.

Jim McCann
Editor
Top 100 Golf Courses