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The Must-Buy Golf Clubs of 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Are you, and your friends, frequent visitors to Swansea’s best golf courses? Then for your next weekend away why not impress everyone with a brand new set of clubs?

Here is a list of the best golf clubs of 2014:

Calloway Apex – £799

club1These Apex irons are distance engineered forged club heads, with tungsten sole inserts for maximum performance. Weight is positioned low and deep, whereas the steel face generates an extra 2mph ball speed on impact, meaning you can hit further down that fairway. Plus the tungsten weight on the 3, 4 and 5 irons means your swing will be much smoother, making hitting the ball easier.

Many would say you can’t get game improvement out of a forged club, but Calloway have done it! Whether you are a leisurely golfer or a professional, a Calloway Apex iron is sure to suit you, and up that ball speed.

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Cleveland Golf 588 Altitude – £449

club2Cleveland Golf clubs may not have the prestige of Calloway, but they also don’t have the price tag. They’re much more affordable!

This is a club created for mid-high cappers who have a slower swing speed. Made of blended hybrid-iron, whatever club you play, you are bound to get great air – hence the name.
 
 

(image: Cleveland Golf)

The 588 Altitude has a full hollow construction, so like the Calloway there is a low and deep centre of gravity. This is a bit more forgiving than other clubs on the market. Plus the bendable hosel, means it can fit with almost any swing.

This is a great club for an improving golfer.

 

Cobra Baffler XL – £399

club3With its oversized face this is the perfect club for a golfer looking for game improvement. It has a high trajectory and a draw-biased ball flight, with a wide sole and oversized rails. That means no more grass tufts for you.

This is the club for you if you are looking for a higher and longer distance hit from any lie. There is also great slice correction and a large free floating face.

The Cobra Bafler is the perfect club for those looking for dynamic and different design, but aren’t too worried about maximum impact off the face.

(image: Cobra Golf)

 

 

Mizuno JPX-EZ – £429

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Add a little colour to your bag this winter with this stylish Mizuno iron. The 4 to 7 irons have an ultra pocket cavity to help this club give you a predictable long and high hit. And thanks to the harmonic impact technology (H.I.T.) it has that recognisable Mizuno feel about it.

This club says it all in its name ‘EZ’. With great forgiveness and airborne capabilities this is a must-buy for any golfer looking for value for money.
 
 
 

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Nike VR_S Covert – £450

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The long irons are made of high-strength, 450-Carpenter steel and the short from 1704 stainless steel, so you know they’ve really thought about the feel of these clubs.

These irons will pass through turf without creating a divot, and it looks much better than the basic VR_S thanks to a 16% narrower sole; a much appreciated improvement.

This is a club designed solely for the game improver, but thanks to its crisp hits and straight lines we’re sure no golfer would be disheartened to use it.

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Now you know the best clubs out there make a splurge and get kitted out before your next visit to the Dragon Hotel. Where will you be playing next? Pyle and Kenfig, Fairward or Clyne Golf Club? They’re all great!

 

Mumbles Pub Voted Welsh Pub of the Year!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Pilot in the Mumbles has been voted the Welsh pub of the year in the CAMRA awards for 2014. Have you already enjoyed a tipple or two at this award winning public house?

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The Pilot

The old stomping ground of Dylan Thomas and the location of the best ice cream in Swansea, the Mumbles, is now proud to boast an award winning pub! The Pilot, in the Mumbles, owned by Richard and Jo Bennett, has won the Campaign for Real Ales and will now compete against 15 other regional pubs to become the UK pub of the year.

The big award will be announced in February 2015, so why not pay the 165 year old pub a visit as they prepare?

The Pilot Inn opened in 1849 and was named by its owner, Sam Ace, after the valiant fishing boats that led big ships out to see through the choppy Swansea Bay waters.

The Pilot has had somewhat of a makeover recently. Before the present owners bought the public house it had been boarded up for months in need of a loving revival and some TLC from an enthusiastic new landlord.

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Now in 2014 there are great craft beers, cask ales and fine wines on offer, as well as there being free Wi-Fi in this dog friendly pub. Enjoy some classic pub favourites of crisps and nuts, but make sure to try one of the hand crafted ales made on site, while taking in the sea view!

Some of their brews are a bit different – they’re made with essence of oyster, in an attempt to revive the traditional industry of the area.

Congratulating the landlords, Ian Saunders, CAMRA’s regional director told the South Wales Evening Post:

“We judge pubs not just by the beer they serve but also by the atmosphere, the community spirit and the welcome you get when you walk in the door. The Pilot excels in all these and that’s why it’s Wales’ pub of the year.”

The Pilot has also been named one of the top pubs in Britain in the 2015 Good Beer Guide, and is ranked as the number one place for nightlife in Swansea on TripAdvisor.

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The Mumbles

While down in the Mumbles why not enjoy a meal at one of the area’s best restaurants, or if you’re in Swansea with a group of friends try your luck at the Mumbles Mile and end up here at the brilliant Pilot. Have some fun! Your warm and cosy room at the Dragon Hotel will be ready for you on your return.

You can find The Pilot at 726 Mumbles Road, Swansea, SA3 4EL or telephone 07897 895511 for more information.

Swansea’s Christmas Parade 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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Are you and your children counting down the number of sleeps until Father Christmas comes? Perhaps they’ve already written and sent their letters. Well, Father Christmas will be returning to Swansea this Sunday 16th November for the annual Christmas parade. Will you be joining him? We bet the kids would love too!

Swansea Christmas Parade 2014

Although the Christmas songs have been playing in shops for weeks already, the festive season will officially kick off this weekend when the lights in the city centre get switched on.

At 5pm on Sunday 16th November 2014, none other than Father Christmas himself, will flick the switch. So wrap up warm and bring the kids down to the city centre for a fun family night out, and for the chance to meet Santa!

Once he turns on the lights, Father Christmas will join all of his festive friends in a Christmas parade through the city centre. The parade will start at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Somerset Place, will travel along Wind Street, College Street, the Kingsway and then eventually down St. Helen’s Road, where it will end at the Guildhall.

Revellers lining the route should expect to see community and theatre floats built by the people of Swansea. As well as a Dylan Thomas themed float to celebrate the centenary of his birth in his hometown, and a Waterfront Winterland float, which Santa will proudly ride along on.

If you want to get into the spirit of things you can always wave or dance along from the side-lines. Make sure to get there early though for the best spot, and uninterrupted views of the parade.

Want to make a night of it? Then there’s always plenty of things to do in Swansea. Why not book into one of the Dragon Hotel’s comfortable four-star rooms and enjoy a delicious meal in the Dragon Brasserie afterwards. It’s a great way to warm up after an evening on the cold streets of Swansea.

Win this Christmas!

To celebrate the opening of the Waterfront Winterland 2014, Swansea are giving your family the chance to win a cracker of a prize. Enter their prize draw to win free ice skating, funfair rides and a visit to see Santa himself in his Swansea waterfront grotto!

You have to be in it, to win it! So enter here, and good luck!

 

* Swansea’s Christmas parade and light switch on is kindly sponsored by The Wave and Swansea Sound radio stations.

Swansea’s 11 Finest Beers and Real Ales

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The people of Swansea, it’s fair to say, love a drink. And who can blame them – in this pretty part of South Wales we’re blessed with several brilliant breweries creating distinctive, ales and beers.

So we thought we’d celebrate that fact by sourcing Swansea’s best beers. After some serious, painstaking research – believe us, it was tough – we compiled this list. In no particular order, here are our 11 favourites.

Blodwen’s Beer (5%) – Tomos Watkin

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Named after Blodwen Parry, famed for being the finest cockle picker in the whole of Wales, this pale beer is crisp, with a tasty citrussy splash. Which works by us.

It’s eminently drinkable, but don’t just take our word for it – this blonde bombshell won Gold at the 2012 True Taste awards for the Best Beer.

Neath Ales Gold (5%) – Neath Ales

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Deep, dark and complex, with perhaps the bitterest taste in this list, is the Gold from Neath Ales. It’s a thinking man’s (or lady’s) beer with a hint of dark orange – just perfect alongside with a selection of local strong cheeses.

Gower Gold (4.5%) – The Gower Brewery

Gower Gold

Last year, Gower Gold was chosen by Sainsbury’s shoppers as the best Welsh beer. It’s tough to argue with that. It smells zesty and sharp, but the taste is pretty sweet – while drinkers are rewarded with the faint hint of lemony sherbert on the palette.

Three Cliffs Gold (4.7%) – Swansea Brewing Co.

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The Three Cliffs is a grassy, hoppy, fresh golden ale that makes this writer feel like a goat, gambolling over a grassy knoll. Which is to say, it carries a very pleasing natural taste. In our opinion, it tastes as good as its namesake looks.

Mumbles Gold (4.3%) – The Mumbles Brewery

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This, the fourth local ‘gold’ is a pale ale that utilises a sumptuous combination of lemon and lime to delicious effect. Our sources tell us that the Mumbles Gold was the biggest seller at the Swansea CAMRA Beer Festival.

Old Style Bitter (OSB) (4.5%) – Tomos Watkin

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One of Tomos’ vintage creations, it’s not hard to see why the OSB is popular with ale lovers across South Wales. Taste wise, it is quite light and a little citrusy like many of Tomos’ best brews but its distinctive, utterly tempting red hue makes it stand out from the crowd.

Gower Power (5.5%) – The Gower Brewery

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Probably the sweetest brew in the list, the bright orange Gower Power is a Welsh slant on the Indian Pale Ale – a WPA, if you will – but has plenty of hops and spices to ensure that your attention remains piqued for the entirety of the pint.

It certainly deserves a spot on this list.

Oystermouth Stout (4.4%) – The Mumbles Brewery

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In Victorian times, the Gower was famed for its oyster industry. Although overfishing and viruses saw the species near enough disappear from the area, the Mumbles Brewery is reimagining this age-old tradition with this stout, which actually includes real oysters in its brewing process.

The oysters give the stout a distinctive salty, natural tint that more than earns its spot on this hallowed list.

Lighthouse Lager (4.5%) – The Gower Brewery

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A proper thirst-quencher that tastes like something you’d find on the streets of Prague or Berlin, this lager is a real delight and shows that the Welsh can do moreish light brews just as well as anyone on the continent.

Green Bullet (6%) – Neath Ales

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Another supremely-drinkable ‘WPA’, the amber-toned Green Bullet gets its name from the distinctively sharp New Zealand hops, which are complemented beautifully with a sweet biscuity malt-infused body. It’s very hard to stop drinking this one.

Cwrw Idris (5.2%) – Tomos Watkin

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A dangerously drinkable premium ale, and named after war hero Idris Parry who survived German torpedo attacks – twice! – and then created the Hurns Mineral Water Co., this zesty tipple offers a slight promise of butterscotch. It’s ruddy lovely.

What do you think? What are your favourite local beers and ales?

Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter today.

Read more:

6 Reasons to Try the Mumbles Mile
Swansea Marina’s Best Restaurants

Thanks to Tomos Watkin, The Gower Brewery, Neath Ales and The Mumbles Brewery for images.

Where to Watch the Rugby in Swansea

Friday, November 7th, 2014

The Autumn Rugby Internationals kick off this weekend with Wales playing Australia on Saturday at 2:30pm. We don’t know about you, but we’re getting excited about it.
Where will you be watching the match? Not sure yet? Well, here is our pick of the places to go in Swansea for the game.

Yates’ – 1 to 4 Caer Street, SA1 3PP

 

If you are looking for somewhere to watch the match in the city centre, there is nowhere better than Yates’. Located right next to the Castle Gardens and McDonalds, Yates’ is in a prime position at the end of Wind Street.

With a Tudor style exterior and modern up-to-date interior, 2 floors and 2 bars, it is a popular nightlife location and is known for its affordable prices. Plus there is a big screen and 10 smaller plasmas. So if you fancy a few beers while watching the match you’re in luck!

The Wig – 134 St. Helen’s Road, SA1 4BL

 

If you’d prefer to watch the game in a classic pub environment head over to The Wig, where classic interior meets all the modern facilities. The Wig has recently been refurbished, and a comfy bar lounge was created, perfect for watching the game separately from the dining area.

Enjoy some traditional and warming pub grub from the kitchens here and there’s free WIFI for all guests if you want to discuss the game on social media.
Make sure to check out their ‘2 Can Dine for £9.99’ menu for a great bargain!

Varsity – Castle Square/Wind Street, SA1 1DW

 

This is another great bar with a central Swansea location. With a laid back and friendly atmosphere, Varsity Swansea is a large and spacious venue where you’re sure to find a seat on match day.

Varsity also has the best meal deal in Swansea with 2 meals costing £7.95, all day every day.

The Pumphouse – Maritime Quarter, SA1 1TT

 

The Pumphouse is the best of both worlds, you can watch the game on one of its many screens and then at half time take in the waterfront views through the window. And the staff here aim to create a ‘community bar’ making it the place of choice for local and visiting drinkers alike.

This is a premium bar with a stylish décor and a grown-up atmosphere. They have a vast array of cask ales you just have to try.

The George – 706 Mumbles Road, SA3 4EH

 

Just outside the city in the beautiful seaside town of the Mumbles lies a fantastic pub and restaurant with lovely sea views.

The George has been a staple drinking establishment in the Mumbles for years and is popular thanks to its upstairs balconies providing ample outside space if you fancy a break away from the bar and TVs.

There is a varied menu here, so arrive early to sample the best bits!

Other Saturday 8th Nov Fixtures
Italy v Samoa – 2pm
England v New Zealand – 2:30pm
France v Fiji – 4:45pm
Ireland v South Africa – 5:30pm
Scotland v Argentina – 5:30pm

If you are after a quiet retreat to enjoy a few drinks during or after the game the Dragon Hotel is just around the corner from many of these venues in the city. Or why not enjoy some food in the Dragon Brasserie?

Good luck Wales! We hope you win!

The Mumbles’ Best Restaurants

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Just fifteen minutes from Central Swansea, The Mumbles is one of Wales’ prettiest, most chilled out spots.

It’s also home to a number of lovely, individual restaurants. Here are some of our favourites:

SA3 Bistro

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(image: Love to Dine)
This charming little restaurant on Mumbles Road is one of the locale’s most popular eateries. It’s really not hard to see why – it’s kookily kitted out and the slightly Italianate food is creative and terrific. Expect exquisite attention to detail and a few taste experiences you’ve never thought of before.

It can be a little pricey, although the lunch menu is just £15 for three courses, so we’d obviously recommend that.

The Kitchen Table

 

Describing itself as offering ‘homemade food from local suppliers’, The Kitchen Table’s mission statement isn’t ground breaking, but when you sample its lovingly-cooked fare it’s very tough to argue. Like SA3 it’s charming and cosy, but perhaps a little more relaxed. It doesn’t just do food; most Fridays its live music nights showcase some of the best up-and-coming musical talent that the Gower has to offer. Bunting, beers, bakes, breakfasts and burgers – you can’t say fairer than that.

The Mermaid Café Bar & Restaurant

It’s only been serving the good people of The Mumbles for just over a year, but The Mermaid has carved out quite a reputation for its modern family-friendly atmosphere and very consistent food. As the name suggests, The Mermaid does seafood particularly well – look out for its ever-rotating fish specials – although if you’re in the local area on a Sunday then you’d do plenty worse than sampling the carvery.

Munch of Mumbles  

 

Previously a tapas restaurant, Munch of Mumbles has evolved from standard tapas into something modern and distinctly spectacular since head chef Ben Griffiths took charge two years ago.

Munch is good, really good. For the quality you’re getting here, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d be paying through your eyeballs. But a set dinner menu is available for less than £30.

Munch has recently been included in the 2015 Michelin Guide – a worthy accolade for a restaurant that’s truly at the top of its game.

Chaplin Steakhouse

As you’d expect from the name, Chaplin Steakhouse isn’t ideal if you’re a veggie. It is, however, a carnivore’s dream. Its steaks, fish and cuts have been impeccably sourced and are cooked with absolute care.

Melt in the mouth stuff.

Verdi’s

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There are people out there in the world that think ice cream can only be eaten between May and September. Don’t listen to them – they’re LIARS.

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It’s true that Joe’s is a Swansea institution, but when we’re asked to choose between that or Verdi’s mouth-watering ice cream, well, it’s just something we can’t do. It’s like picking your favourite child, you know? Frankly, both make us exceptionally happy.

Golfing in Swansea… Fairward Park Golf Club

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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(image: Groupon)

 

The latest edition of our Golfing In Swansea review section sees us check out Fairward Park Golf Club – the only course in Swansea that’s hosted a PGA event:

Where is Fairward Park Golf Club?

A 15-minute drive from Central Swansea, and just around the corner from Clyne Golf Course, to get to Fairward Park you just have to follow the A4118 westwards out of Swansea. Then at Upper Killay, turn left onto Hen Parc Lane. Follow the road around for four minutes and you should see Fairward Park on your right.

How Fairward Plays Out

If you love golf but hate the mountaineering that you’re forced to do on many hilly courses, you’ll love Fairward. It’s the flattest course on the Gower Peninsula – but what it lacks in extreme undulation it more than makes up for in natural hazards.

It may be just a stone’s throw from Clyne golf course, but Fairward differs greatly from its neighbour. While Clyne is wild, sprawling and unpredictable, this is a little longer and significantly greener. With more than 15,000 trees packed in across 150 acres, this 6,700 yard course offers some quality parkland golf. That means accuracy is key.

Teeing off on the par-4 1st is a long, testing baptism of fire, while the watery dogleg on the 3rd is very popular with golfers and the 8th is a pretty par 4 that can be greened in 2 – an excellent opportunity to keep your score down ahead of harder holes to come.

On the tougher back 9, the 14th and the 16th are two highlights. The former is memorable and original – many talented players are caught out by the bank of tall trees that stand between the fairway and the greens – while the pin on the par-3 16th is surrounded by water hazards and demands a positive mental attitude. Otherwise your ball is going to get very wet.

The 18th is a worthy finale to any round – a long par 4 that demands you master an impressive rolling fairway and a stream before the final green.

Why you’ll love it

Long and flat, with trees cunningly positioned, Fairward is an extremely enjoyable course that rewards thinking golfers who get their angles right. It also offers options for golfers of varying abilities and rewards those who like to take calculated risks.

And if you love water, there are many courses in the locale that provide a better ‘wet’ experience.

It’s also easy to see why putters love this course. Its greens are very well maintained; running consistently and quickly throughout the year. It is, as you’d imagine from a course with thousands of trees, one of the most scenic around.

Why you might not

It’s true that there are more challenging rounds of golf in South West Wales than Fairwood. Its relative flatness is a plus point for many golfers, and offers players of all handicaps an opportunity to work on their technical game, but some do find it somewhat simple some times.

But it’s still a very playable course – in a scenic, attractive location – that’s a worthwhile addition to South Wales’ golfing sites.

Looking for a great golf hotel near Fairward Park Golf Club?

Here at The Dragon Hotel, we’re Swansea’s premier golfing hotel – offering a central location from which golfers can explore the bars and restaurants of Wales’ second city. Start creating your South Wales golf break today – call our golf team on 01792 657140 today.

Swansea’s Most Novel Wedding Venues

Monday, October 27th, 2014

 

Everyone wants a wedding to remember, and one great way of making your big day stand out from all your friends’, is to book a unique venue. Here is our pick of the most novel wedding venues in Swansea:

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stadiumFor a Sporting Celebration…

Are you or your partner big sports fans? Then there must be an obvious place to get married, at your team’s home, the Liberty Stadium! This huge venue has its own occasion rooms for the ceremony and reception, a hands on team to help organise and run your special day without a hitch and if you’re lucky you may be able to get your photos taken on the pitch.

Whether you have 60 or 600 guests this is the perfect venue!

 

For Unique Photos… tower

Have you always dreamed of being a princess in a tower waiting for her prince charming? Well, you’ve met the man, it’s now time to visit the tower.

The Towers in Swansea Bay has its own unique landmark – guess what it is! The architecture here makes for a fairy-tale like setting for stunning photographs, and scenic panoramic views out across the bay.

(image: JLB 2011)

For a Cultural Event…

 

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(images: Visit Wales and Photography First)

Did you see Don’t Tell the Bride when it was in Craig Y Nôs Castle? No? It’s a truly stunning venue. A grade one listed opera house with castle like architecture, there is even a private chapel that is now home to the bridal suite.

Get married on the operatic stage before retreating to the conservatory garden room with beautiful scenic views of the wooded landscape. And make sure to get a few snaps with the wedding car out front.

For Waterfront Wonders…

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(image: Welsh Holiday Cottages)

If you want a modern, waterfront venue there is nowhere better than the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea Marina. Here they use only the best locally sourced ingredients for their meals.

Be aware however that you may have to book your wedding around the museum’s public opening hours.

 

For Modern Marvel…

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You could have your wedding here at the Dragon Hotel! We have a contemporary and spacious occasion room that all modern brides love, thanks to its clean and minimalist design, that you can really make your own. Our popular restaurant can cater for the event with a menu of your choice.

And being in a hotel you and your guests can dance the night away into the early hours without having to worry about a place to stay or taxis home.

There’s even the special offer of an all-inclusive package where we organise everything for you, taking the stress away and allowing you to really enjoy your wedding day.

What do you think? Will you be booking your wedding soon? We hope you love the venues. Don’t forget us for your hen and stag do accommodation!

 

Golfing in Swansea… Clyne Golf Club | The Dragon Hotel

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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(image: Geograph)

In the latest blog in our Golfing in Swansea series, we take a look at Clyne Golf Club, one of the South West’s oldest, most beloved courses:

Where is Clyne Golf Club?

One of the closest courses to The Dragon Hotel, you can get to Clyne in just 15 minutes from Central Swansea. Simply take the A4067 west out of Swansea then turn right onto the B4436 at Blackpill. Clyne Golf Club will be at the end of Owls Lodge Ln.

If you’re coming from outside Swansea, exit the M4 at J47, take the A483 and turn right onto the A4216 after Fforest-Fach. You’ll eventually reach the A4067 where you’ll turn right onto the B4436.

How Clyne plays out

Clyne isn’t dissimilar in style to another South Wales favourite, Southerndown Golf Course, with wild gorse and fern bordering many of the holes. Built on common land, Clyne retains an authentic aura, with sheep and cows roaming the land (but thankfully not the greens, where wire prevents the animals from spoiling the turf).

There’s no debating that Clyne is a tricky, testing heathland course – particularly if you stray off the fairways. With a number of long par 4s, and twisting par 3s, there’s plenty to try your technique. At more than 450 yards, the par-4 9th is a particularly long hole that requires you to have all your wares about you to about bogeying.

Generally, the back nine is slightly more enjoyable, purely because of the excellent views afforded as you head further uphill. The sight across sprawling Swansea Bay, the Gower and into mainland Wales are impressive, to say the least.

Why you’ll love it

Golfers love the unassuming, charming course at Clyne because it offers a really varied, testing round of golf. You’ll have to keep all of your wits about you, and have luck on your side, to finish well on this unpredictable, hilly course where the greens are well protected by all sorts of hazards and undulating ridges.

There’s no denying that your score will take a hit on blustery days, when the wind plays a huge part. Conversely, if you have the wind at your back, you’ve a great chance of hitting far along its quality fairways.

Clyne is also very popular with golfers because of its depenadable, high-quality greens. They’re lovingly tended to and run fast even after heavy rain. In all, you can be sure of a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf

Why you might not

Given their stylistic similarity, comparisons between Clyne and Southerndown are pretty inevitable. Unfortunately, comparing the two doesn’t reflect terrifically on Clyne, which is a little scruffier and not quite so well kept. The previously-mentioned farm animals are occasionally known to leave their by-products on the course, which can be a source of frustration.

However, we think that adds to its charm – and it’s also reflected in Clyne’s slightly cheaper green fees.

Looking for a great golf hotel near Clyne golf club?

Located in Central Swansea, just two minutes’ walk from the train station, at The Dragon Hotel we’re hugely popular with golfers looking for quality accommodation near Clyne Golf Club. If you’re looking to build a great golf break in South Wales, we can help – call our golfing reservations team on 01792 657140.

Want to find out more about courses in and around Swansea? Check out our other reviews on our Golfing in Swansea series.

Want an Authentic South Wales Experience? Visit a Vineyard

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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(image: Anders Ljungberg)

Are you booked into stay in one of the many hotels in Swansea this winter and are looking to have an authentic taste of Wales? Then you may want to pay a visit to one of the vineyards here and experience the aromatic flavours of the locally grown and pressed wine.

Sound perfect to you? Then check out 4 of South Wales’ most successful vineyards:

Llanerch Vineyard, Hensol

Set in the picturesque Glamorganshire countryside around 20 minutes from Wales’ capital Cardiff, Llanerch vineyard is a 22 acre estate of a working vineyard, restaurant and bistro. Pay a visit to this vineyard and enjoy a self-guided tour of the vineyard before sitting down for some wine tasting or even one of the popular cooking classes.

This is the perfect relaxing setting to enjoy a good meal and a smooth glass of wine while enjoying the winter sun from a newly refurbished building. Or if you want to make a day of it and are a fan of sport, head around the corner about a mile to the Vale Resort and Spa. The resort is home to the training ground of the 2012 and 2013 RBS Six Nations Championship winners, the Wales National Rugby Team. You may even get a few autographs.

Glyndwr Vineyard, Cowbridge

One of the oldest and most established vineyards in Wales, Glyndwr Vineyard has been in the same hands for over 30 years and currently has over 6,000 vines planted on its land. With a high reputation for great quality wines that are sold across Wales, the vineyard has even catered for European State banquets and the House of Lords.

If you pay a visit to Glyndwr then say hello to the chickens, ducks and pheasants that roam freely amongst the environmentally friendly green fields before strolling around the nearby gardens and the immediate area.

Cwm Deri Vineyard, Martletwy

For ventures to Pembrokeshire, Cwm Deri Vineyard would make a well worthy stop. This vineyard is part of a working smallholding that overlooks the stunning National Park, so head out onto the patio and terrace to enjoy the views while sipping on a glass of red.

And when you get a little peckish there is a conservatory restaurant that can cater to your hunger needs with deliciously fresh produce that is bound to impress.

Jabajak Vineyard, Whitland

The only vineyard in Carmarthenshire, this venue is so beautiful it is often used as a location for weddings. New to the wine making business the wine here is a work in progress, however it has established its place on the Wine Trail Wales and hopes to bring in a great yield in Harvest 2014.

Do you prefer a beer to a glass of wine? Then try out the Mumbles mile!