One of golf’s greatest joys is its endless variety of less well-known courses and Milford Haven has much to offer…

Milford Haven Course Review

In a recent Golf Monthly article on Hidden Gems, I included Milford Haven Golf Club because it had been so far off my radar and was therefore a genuine surprise when I stumbled across it last Spring. To anyone not knowing the area, it has an unlikely and industrial setting, but this actually makes it all the more rewarding and I enjoyed recommending it in a Golfer’s Guide to the area.

The course opens with a short par 5 and a long par 4 to warm you up. Running away from and then back to the clubhouse, they are decent enough holes but perhaps not in the same class as what is to come.

The second, SI one, plays back to the clubhouse

The first feature hole is the par-3 4th, one of the handful of very enjoyable short holes that define the course. 169 yards from the back tee, it calls for a confident shot over the valley.

The fourth – Valley – plays across to a well-protected green

The par-4 5th leads you down to another attractive par 3, the 6th, again played over the valley but this time from an elevated tee.

The short sixth – Badgers – is another very inviting par 3

Climbing the hill, you arrive at the seventh which is played over the brow to reveal the quite different setting of the next nine holes, during which there are frequent and fabulous views out over the water.

As you come over the brow at seven, the estuary opens up ahead

Eight and nine run up and down the slopes and the next short hole, the 10th, is also blessed with great views out over the estuary and the area’s industrial past and present.

The green at the tenth offers more fascinating views out over the water

The next, the 11th, runs along the waterside from the hamlet of Gelliswick where it is easy to be distracted by the views.

The view from the eleventh green up the estuary towards Pembroke Docks

The 13th has an inviting drive back down the hill, and the 14th – Orchard – is a lovely hole that skirts some old farm buildings and runs from left to right.

The fourteenth green from the corner of the dogleg

If you go left, as I did, the approach to the par-4 15th must carry a guardian tree. If you then go long, as I did, there is a steep and lengthy fall-off behind the green.

The fifteenth green is very well protected

The 16th leads you back to the clubhouse side of the course and is yet another attractive short hole that offers optimism from its elevated tee before a long hole and a well-bunkered par 4 lead you home.

The final short hole at sixteen is beautifully framed

What impressed me most at Milford Haven was how unexpectedly varied and attractive the course is. I had imagined the suburban location and industrial surroundings would detract from the enjoyment and I was completely wrong; they add to it. If you’ve never played it and get the chance, I would definitely recommend a visit.