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South Wales Golf Guide

South Wales Home to the Welsh capital, breathtaking mountain ranges, lush valleys, a rugged coastline and ancient castles, it is little wonder South Wales is such an appealing holiday destination. The concentration of high-quality golf courses sees many golfers flock to the region year after tear. We have selected five of South Wales’s most impressive layouts for this tour, starting at the No.1 course in the country.

Royal Porthcawl, one of Britain and Ireland’s leading links, can wow those who enjoy aesthetic courses with its sea views but also appeal to the strong player who demands strategic excellence. It is world-class links fare right from the very start with three holes along the shore of the highest order. When the sun is shining, with views of the breaking Atlantic rollers from each and every one of its 18 holes, there are few places a golfer would rather be than Royal Porthcawl. On other occasions, when the wind whips down the Bristol Channel, it becomes a course of rare difficulty as those same vantage points are exposed indeed. It was here in 1995 that Gary Wolstenholme consigned a youthful Tiger Woods to a singles defeat in the Walker Cup. The canny veteran proved once and for all that Porthcawl is a course to be tackled with brain more than brawn. Alongside Padraig Harrington, among others, he and the rest of the GB&I team recorded a famous victory over the Americans.

Although Porthcawl is the headline act in Wales, its neighbour Pyle & Kenfig is an outstanding course in its own right and is the perfect supplement for a mini golf break to Mid Glamorgan. Originally designed in the early 1920s by Harry Colt, the more inland front nine that stands today is his work. But with nine holes commandeered by the military in the Second World War, Philip Mackenzie Ross was called in to replace them with new holes shortly afterwards. And what a job he made. Having made the decision to cross the road (it was then a path) and construct them in the duneland, they are now undoubtedly the highlight of a round here. With its sand dunes hugging the South Wales coast, Pyle & Kenfig is a magnificent part of any Welsh golf odyssey. The Welsh Mountains, Bristol Channel and Gower Peninsula can all be seen from this undulating course, which co-hosted the Amateur Championship alongside Porthcawl in 2016.

Southerndown is unique, as nature crafted an unusual limestone-heath base on which this downland course sits. The massive limestone outcrop, which rises over 70 metres from the sea and gives such superb views, accounts for the course’s superb drainage. The overlying soil supports acid-loving heathland vegetation such as heather, bracken and gorse and the westerly winds have deposited centuries of sand to give the first eight holes a springy, links-style character. This limestone-heathland-links presented the original course architects with a unique canvas on which to work. Willie Fernie, Herbert Fowler, Willie Park, Harry Colt and Donald Steel – great names in golf course design – have all played their part over the years in shaping Southerndown as we know it today.

Despite flanking the seaside town of Penarth, The Glamorganshire does not play like a links. The layout is crafted into the undulating parkland on the eastern edge of the Consmeston Lakes Country Park, allowing you to enjoy the ocean view without the usual difficulties. But this is not to say that the course is a pushover. Narrow wood-lined fairways and well-protected greens mean that accuracy is crucial, especially if you wish to avoid playing out of one of the course’s 80 bunkers. At 6,184 yards, the par 70 design may not be the longest, but it more than delivers on variety. Three par-five holes that exceed the 500-yard mark will thrill long-hitters, while an array of par-threes that scarcely crack 100 yards reward guile and precision.

One of only four Harry Colt courses in South Wales, Radyr is described as one of the great designer’s “little jewels”. Overlooking Cardiff and the Bristol Channel, the parkland layout gently undulates and is well known for having excellent greens. Located in a tranquil setting on the outskirts of Cardiff yet just four minutes from J32 of the M4, it is nestled in acres of rural heathland. Its gentle undulations are a delight to the eye, but which offer the sternest challenge given its 6,000 yards play to a tight par of 69.


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South Wales Golf Courses

Ashburnham Golf Club

Cliffe Terrace
Cliffe Terrace Carmarthenshire
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Semi-Private
Architect: John Henry Taylor


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Bridgend Golf Complex

Golden Mile Drive
South Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 9
Type: Public


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Caerleon Public Golf Course

Caerleon
Newport
Wales

Holes: 9
Type: Public


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Clyne Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: H. S. Colt


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Coed-y-Mwstwr Golf Club

Bryn Road
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Fairwood Park Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Semi-Private
Architect: Hawtree Ltd


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Glamorganshire Golf Club

Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: James Braid


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Gower Golf Club

Cefn Goleu
Cefn Goleu Swansea
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Donald Steel


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Gowerton Golf Range

Victoria Road
West Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 9
Type: Semi-Private


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Grove Golf Club

Porthcawl
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Langland Bay Golf Club

Swansea
West Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: James Braid


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Llanwern Golf Club

Llanwern
Newport
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Llanwern Golf Club - 9-hole Academy Course

Llanwern
Newport
Wales

Holes: 9
Type: Public


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Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club

Llanelli
Carmarthenshire
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Gary Nicklaus


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Maesteg Golf Club

Maesteg
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: James Braid


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Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club - The Mathern Course

Chepstow
Monmouthshire
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Ross McMurray


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Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club - The Old Course

Chepstow
Monmouthshire
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Ross McMurray


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Mond Valley Golf Club

Glais Road
Glais Road Swansea
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Morriston Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Newport Golf Club

Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Donald Steel


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Palleg and Swansea Valley Golf Course

Palleg Rd
Palleg Rd Swansea
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Parc Golf Club

Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Pennard Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Private
Architect: James Braid


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Pontardawe Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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Pontardulais Golf Club

Swansea
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 9
Type: Public


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Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club

Kenfig
Kenfig Mid Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: H. S. Colt


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Radyr Golf Club

Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: James Braid


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Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Porthcawl
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Resort
Architect: Tom Simpson


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Southerndown Golf Club

Bridgend
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Private
Architect: Willie Fernie


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St. Mary's Golf Club - Championship Course

Pencoed
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Resort


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St. Mary's Golf Club - Kingfisher Course

Pencoed
Bridgend
Wales

Holes: 12
Type: Resort


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The Celtic Manor Resort - The Montgomerie Course

Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Colin Montgomerie


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The Celtic Manor Resort - The Roman Road Course

Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.


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The Celtic Manor Resort - The Twenty Ten Course

Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public
Architect: Kyle Phillips


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Tredegar Park Golf Club

Parc y Brain Road
Parc y Brain Road Newport
Wales

Holes: 18
Type: Public


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