DISTANCE FROM HOLIDAY COTTAGES: 19 miles
TYPE OF COURSE: Links
LENGTH: 7051 yds
“The UK’s best new golf course”
Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club is the first Nicklaus-designed golf course in Wales. A modern links style layout overlooking Carmarthen Bay and the Gower Peninsula and already home to the European Tours ‘Ladies Championship of Europe’, Machynys has already earned itself an enviable reputation as the UK’s best new golf course.
The UK’s top golfing publications have recently written about Machynys Peninsula. Here is a small selection of what they said: ‘We were blown away by its splendour, Machynys is the finest new course and a contender for the highest new entry in Golf Worlds top 100 courses in Britain and Ireland’ – Golf World 2005 ”˜Wales’ newest links is blessed with some of the truest greens anywhere and a rosey future seems assured’ – Golf Monthly 2006 (Awarded the Gold medal in 2005).
A modern links championship golf course, Machynys Peninsula has been designed to challenge the best players in championship conditions – and yet still be enjoyable for the higher handicapper, by utilising up to five tees per hole. The shaping of the £3.5m course layout has included the creation of 25 acres of new lakes – salt and fresh water – 12 miles of irrigation pipes and six miles of drainage pipes, to ensure the course is in top condition all year round.
Gary Nicklaus – who has been overseeing the project design on behalf of his father, the legendary Jack Nicklaus – has identified some of his favourite and most challenging holes as the 4th, 5th, 16th, and 18th. Naming the fourth, “the most unique, a short-ish par 4 but a very challenging and a difficult one nonetheless”.