Let’s go to Wales! You know Wales, that little portion of
the UK that often gets overlooked. Wales is a lovely country with friendly
people and an excellent resume of golf courses. Take a golf trip to Wales and
you’ll experience all this amazing, beautiful country has to offer.
Royal Porthcawl- This is one of those special golf courses
you talk about for the rest of your life. Everything about this links course is
awesome, from the club logo to the sheep grassing along its perimeter. RoyalPorthcawl, built in 1985, has a brilliant design with strong winds blowing off
the Bristol Channel and challenging greens. If you must go 36, this is the
place to play.
Royal Porthcawl GC
Brains Beer- Don’t let the name turn you off to this
delicious brew. You can’t go to Wales and not grab a pint of their national
beer. Brains brewery offers 5 different beers including: Brains Smooth, Brains
Smooth Extra Cold, SA Smooth, Dark Smooth and Brains IPA Smooth. If you like
cask ales they have six to choose from including: SA, SA Gold, The Rev. James,
Dark, Brains Bitter and Brains IPA. Aside from producing a great beer, Brains
has a fascinating logo inspired by the Welsh Flag.
Brains Beer Brewery
Celtic Manor- After hosting the Ryder Cup in 2010, Celtic
Manor has become one of the premium golf destinations in Wales. The resort has
three beautiful parkland courses including the Twenty Ten, Roman Road and the
Montgomerie. Experience where all the
drama took place during the 2010 Ryder Cup and regale in the 5 star hospitality
this resort has to offer.
Wooden Dragon in Celtic Manor Lobby
Cardiff- With its new age meets old age feel, the capital
city of Cardiff in Wales is a must see for any traveler. Things to do in this
walkable city include shopping, the Millennium Stadium (Rugby), restaurants,
Millennium Theater, the Cardiff castle and Brains Brewery, which are all
located in the city center.
Pyle & Kenfig- This golf course is located on a lovely
piece of land just on the outskirts of Porthcawl. The large sand dunes speckled
throughout the golf course are its signature element. Known to be one of the
favored back nines in the UK, Pyle & Kenfig finishes with grace and
Castles- With over 400 castles spread throughout the
country, Wales is considered the “castle capital of the world”. Some of the
more popular well preserved fortresses include: Cardiff Castle, Caernarfon
Castle, Beaumaris Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch and Conwy Castle.
Pennard- They call Pennard Golf Club the “Links in the Sky”
because it’s set 2000 feet above sea level and has spectacular views over Three
Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula. While playing this naturally beautiful golf
course you will encounter castle ruins, roaming cows and steep cliffs.
Other Fantastic must play golf courses in Wales- Conwy,
Nefyn, Royal St. Davids, Aberdovey, and Tenby