South Wales is a must for any golfing enthusiast with everything from breathtaking links on the Gower Peninsula to romantic rugged courses tucked away amidst the surrounding hills and mountains. From hidden gems to the Celtic Manor’s Ryder Cup course, you will have the golfing holiday of a lifetime exploring this most beautiful of regions.
There are over 20 golf courses within half an hour of golfing holiday accommodation, Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages, which are situated at the heart of South Wales. The benefit of a central South Wales location means that you can enjoy the best South Wales golf courses whilst keeping travel times to a minimum. Many of the local golf clubs offer discounted terms to visitors. If you would like to play on any of the courses during your holiday in South Wales, Swansea Valley Holiday Cottages ask that you inform them of your requirements and they will make the necessary arrangements.
Why not browse through the information on this site and design your own golfing holiday itinerary? Assuming you are based in the Swansea Valley, you could start at a local favourite – Pontardawe Golf Club. Perched on the mountainside overlooking the town, the course boasts panormaic views of Brecon Beacons National Park, Mumbles and the Bristol Channel. The “puplit” at the 16th tee captures all these views together.
Another fantastic local club with spectacular views of the South Wales landscape is Neath Golf Club – one of the highest in Wales at over 500feet. Henry Cotton claimed never before to have seen such golfing beauty as he had at Neath having travelled much of the golfing world.
For a more off-beat and unusual course, you could enjoy a round at The Mond Valley Golf Club on the valley floor, just south of Pontardawe. The flat parkland makes for quite a contrast with the nearby mountain courses.
A golfing holiday in South Wales would not be complete without a round at one of the Gower’s “Big Five” – Langland Bay, Pennard Golf Club, Fairwood Park, Clyne and Gower. For sheer breathtaking scenery, Pennard Golf Course takes some beating. Known as “the links in the sky” it is considered one of the best courses in Wales alongside Royal Porthcawl, Tenby, Royal St. David’s and ofcourse the Celtic Manor, home of the 2011 Ryder Cup. For the toughest hole on the Gower, you will need to play the 6th hole at Langland Golf Course which boasts views of Caswell Bay, Pwlldu and Brandy Cove.
Other interesting courses that may inspire you are the Nicklaus deesigned 7121 yard championship links course at Machynys. Blessed with some of the truest greens anywhere, the complex boasts five star facilities including a brasserie bar and sun deck. Ashburnham Golf Course is where Bernard Gallagher and Sam Torrence both won their first tournaments and Royal Porthcawl was described as one of the top 12 golf courses in the world by the late Tom Scott, former editor of Golf Illustrated.
Finally, to finish off a golf holiday in South Wales, one should probably stop off for a cheeky round at the Celtic Manor Resort – with three championship courses it was the venue for the spectacularly nerve wracking 2010 Ryder Cup.