Mid Wales is blessed with a combination of spectacular links on the west coast, hilltop tracks around the borders and parkland courses further inland.
Arguably the most spectacular and most-widely respected courses in Wales is the fantastic links venue of Royal St David’s. At 6,629 yards off the back tees, the par 69 of Royal St David’s causes havoc with many golfers, with every second hole running in a different direction. The club boasts a traditional bungalow – with several rooms to hire – which really makes you feel welcome at this glorious championship venue.
For the best views however, you will struggle to find anywhere which betters Cardigan Golf Club. Indeed the well-known American sports journalist, Furman Bisher, famously said: “With the possible exception of Pebble Beach, the view from the top of the Cardigan course is the finest I’ve seen anywhere in golf”. A mixture of distinguished links and parkland holes, Cardigan will inspire all golfers.
A step into history can be taken at Llanymynech, where you can play the only course in Europe to spread over two countries in 18 holes. The par-4 4th hole will see you tee off in Wales and putt out in England. History is not the only attraction here though as Llanymynech – the home course of Ian Woosnam – provides a quality parkland venue surrounded by mind-blowing cliff faces.
History and tradition are in abundance at the 6,454 yards-long Aberdovey Golf Club, the definition of links golf. Club selection around Aberdovey is a genuine test for any golfer with strong winds, blind tee shots and wooden railway sleepers all featuring prominently over this excellent par 71. Spectacular views and classical links golf holes are plentiful when you visit this gem at Aberdovey.
If you prefer parkland tracks, then the naturally beautiful Cradoc Golf Club is the perfect choice. Overlooking the scenic Brecon Beacons, the golf course matches the views in terms of quality and was named Welsh Golf Club of the Year
for 2005. The par-71 course was designed by C K Cotton in 1967 and to this day remains a theatre of tranquility for golfing enthusiasts.
A round at Borth and Ynyslas will allow golfers to sample the oldest golf club in Wales. Founded in 1885 and located on the sweep of the enchanting Cardigan Bay, this links-design boasts numerous holes that will never be forgotten. In particular, the 2nd hole – a 455-yard par 4 – that runs between the road and the Irish Sea, can make the best golfers shake. At Borth and Ynyslas you simply cannot escape from the truly amazing seaside views.
To view these superb golf courses take a look at our Mid Wales course gallery, or to learn more about golfing holidays to Wales visit golfasitshouldbe.com. To search for specific courses, please visit golf.visitwales.com.