Top 8 Reasons to take a Golf Trip to Wales
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. Royal Porthcawl, 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.
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.
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.
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 tranquilly.
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