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MONDAY, 18TH JULY 2011
Golf Courses in Wales


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Scotland might have St. Andrews and England it's Sunningdale, but when it comes teeing off with a view, Wales wins hands down with it's 1907 Nefyn layout. With eight holes alone dotted along a sea-bounded peninsula, Nefyn promises 'a view of the sea from every tee'. Royal St. Davids in the heart of North Wales is equally as magical, lying among the foothills of Snowdonia and in the shadow of Harlech Castle, while James Braid's Porthmadog course in Gwynedd has been likened to a miniature Troon. Ache for the challenge of a windswept ocean fairway? Wales could prove the ultimate test of your handicap!

 

Royal Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan
Legendary golf author Tom Scott dubbed Royal Porthcawl one of the world's twelve foremost testing courses, owing to the high frequency of pocket breezes and currents blown in from the Bristol Channel. The opening four present classic links play upon relatively even terrain, as do the last six, however the middle heathland undulates considerably and loops back on former holes. Royal Porthcawl's two-part redesign is largely thanks to landscape architect J. Simpson in 1933. Formerly comprising of an inner and outer nine, the entire course was re-planned - inclusive of the basin bunkers that many concur are Porthcawl's most challenging characteristic. You might just need your entire club set! www.royalporthcawl.com Cottages in Glamorgan

 

Old Padeswood Golf Club, Flintshire
Situated in the heart of the Alyn Valley (just ten miles over the border from Chester), Old Padeswood presents fast greens and six new bunkers to an already testing layout. Originally constructed in 1933, the entire course underwent a significant remodeling in 1983 extending it to it's full 18-hole potential. Former Captain of the British Ryder Cup Brian Hugget, opened the semi-parkland course in 1985 to the delight of local golfing stalwarts. Old Padeswood features one of the toughest opening holes in Wales with out of bounds on either side, while the final two are links Par 5 - an ultimate putting test, on an undulating fairway. www.oldpadeswoodgolfclub.co.uk For Chester holiday cottages.

 

Tenby Golf Club, Pembrokeshire
They say that oldies are the best, and it's none truer than with the 18-hole links course of Tenby - the oldest course in Wales. A regular host for the Welsh Amateur Championships, Tenby is characterised by thick roughs, fast greens and beach breezes which definitely add leverage to it's testing nature. At just over 6,500 yard, Tenby doesn't lay claim to the longest of courses, however a series of 'blind shots' and fall-away bunkers certainly influences players to up their game.  www.tenbygolf.co.uk Cottages in Pembrokshire.

 

Vale Golf Course (Wales National), Glamorgan
Resort courses have had a pretty bad rep in recent years, however the Vale at Hensol Park, Glamorgan is quietly changing attitudes. Stretching over 7,400 yards and 200 acres, Vale lures with the promise of natural contours and Par 73 - inspired by the longer range American resort clubs. Five lakes, dipping terrain and a variety of wicked bunkers add to the thrill of an already ambitious game, while the second hole is confirmed the longest Par 5 in Wales. www.vale-hotel.com Find Holiday homes in Glamorgan.

 

 

 

POSTED BY: LISA
AT 15:26

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