49 Royal St David’s

Architect: Finch-Hatton
Stats: 6,403 yds, par 69, SSS 72
GF: £42-£62
Visitor information: Visitors can play seven days a week
W: royalstdavids.co.uk
2008 Ranking: 45 (Down 4)
Improvements since 2008 Rankings:
Course: Reshaping of some bunkers
Clubhouse: New Dormy accommodation added

With views of Harlech Castle, Snowdonia and Tremadog Bay, a round at St David’s is a visual treat. Gorse forms a key adversary early on, but heading for home you enter another world of dunes, hummocks and hollows. Par is just 69, but the links needs to be treated with full respect right to the par-3 finish, where half a dozen bunkers lie in wait for miscues.

Panellists’ comments: “The course works up to a crescendo with five stunning closing holes”; “Views really add to the experience”

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