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Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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 utilizing 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.”
He goes on to say: “The 16th, a par 4 that is played across the lake from right behind the clubhouse is probably one of the most beautiful holes on the course. The view from the green of the whole bay is spectacular, whether the tide is in or out.

For more information on Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club click here

Langland Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

High above the golden Gower sand is a cliff top clearly designed by nature with only one purpose in mind– breathtaking golf.

The elevation brings 360 degree views, across the ever-changing drama of the Bristol Channel in one direction, and the serenity of the Brecon Beacons in the other, the views are never the same twice, and are always spectacular. This is Langland Bay, where every drive has an astonishing backdrop and every club has a part to play. South Wales has rapidly established itself as having some of the UK’s nest golf courses around.

Langland Bay, named ‘The Gower Peninsula’s hidden gem’ is great example of this and also a favourite of all who visit the area. Formed in 1904, it is located over lush meadowland across sprawling cliff- tops of The Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The outlooks from the course take in two of its best bays, Langland and Caswell.

For more information on Langland Bay Golf Club click here

Fairwood Park Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Standing at 6,700 yards, Fairwood Park is both the longest and the flattest golf course on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. The bewildering array of trees lining each fairway makes Fairwood the first class parkland course that it is and it’s these very trees that lie in wait, ready to punish the wayward tee shot. Add into the equation several lakes as well as an intense programme of aeration and redevelopment on the greens and you start to see why so many visitors keep coming back to Fairwood Park.

The Welsh PGA was one group that decided to return, as Fairwood Park was twice chosen to host the Welsh Professional Golf Championships during the 1990s, and today the golf course remains the only one in the Swansea area to have ever hosted a PGA event.

Such an accolade is little more than the club deserves given the remarkable amount of investment that has taken place on the course since 1985, including the planting of 12,000 new trees, the creation of 6 man-made lakes, and the total redesign of 6 greens. All of which makes Fairwood Park an essential destination for the modern-day golfer.

For more information on Fairwood Park Golf Club click here

Clyne Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

At the gateway to the spectacular Gower Peninsula lies Clyne Golf Club, with its course commanding wonderful views in all directions. It overlooks Swansea & Mumbles to the east, the Bristol Channel to the south, the Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons to the north and the commanding heights of Gower’s Cefn Bryn to the west.

The Club was founded in January 1920. The planning, designing and layout of the course were entrusted to Messrs H.S.Colt & Harries, the leading golf architects of the day. The original layout established all the important features and it is to the credit of the architects, that the course has remained virtually unchanged to this day.

The course is laid out on the high ground of Clyne Common and the turf is of moorland type. There are many natural hazards, apart from the large number of bunkers. Gorse & bracken grow in profusion. The course consists of 2 separate loops of 9 holes with no crossing, and a minimum of conjestion. The 1st & 10th tees and the 9th & 18th greens are conveniently situated in front of the Clubhouse.

Practice facilities are arguably unrivalled consisting of a 300 yard long practice area with 6 target greens, a putting green, a chipping green, outdoor nets, & indoor nets with video analysis operated by the resident Professional. A recent inovation sees 6 new electric buggies being introduced for hire.
An excellent course presenting a golfing challenge to both experienced and less experienced golfers.

For more information on Clyne Golf Club click here

Golf

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Golfing in Swansea

Golf-spWhether you are looking for a weekend golfing break with a few mates or a challenging range of courses to test the most experienced golfer, you can’t get much better than South West Wales. With over 70 courses within an hour’s drive of Swansea, you can tee off at some of Britain’s most challenging, scenic golfing sites.

Breaks in South Wales’ Favourite Golf Hotel

At The Dragon Hotel, we’re the perfect base for your golfing break in South Wales – offering class and comfort to amateurs and professionals alike.

Plus, thanks to our excellent location, you’re just a minute’s walk from the leading bars, pubs and restaurants of the city centre – perfect for steak nights and drinking wine until the early hours after a hard day’s work on the fairways. And in the morning, our award-winning chefs can cook you up the perfect Welsh breakfast.

Golf Courses around Swansea

Want to learn more about golf in and around Swansea? Check out our blog today, or take a closer look at some of the locale’s leading golf clubs:

Want an all-singing, all-dancing golfing getaway in South West Wales? Speak to our golfing events team, who can guide you through the packages available to you and build a break that’s completely personalised to the needs of your group.

Take a look at our South Wales Links Cluster or Golf on the Gower brochures, or call our golfing team today on 44 (0)1792 657 100.

Our Golfing Breaks

For ready-made packages to suit your golfing needs, select from the following Golf Breaks:

Sunday Driver

Make the most this winter by indulging in a couple of rounds at some  of South Wales’ best golf courses!
From £85.00 per person this is an offer too good to miss! Click here for further details.

Winter Golf Deal

Make the most this Winter by indulging in 2 nights Bed & Breakfast and a couple of rounds at some of South Wales’ best golf courses! From £132.50 per person this offer is too good to miss!

The package includes:

  • Two rounds of golf at any of the following golf courses:- Machynys Peninsula, Langland, Clyne or Fairwood Golf Club
  • Two nights Bed & Breakfast at The Dragon Hotel on Saturday, Sunday or Monday evening

Terms & Conditions
1. All prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a superior twin/double room
2. Upgrades are available for only £10 per person per night
3. All bookings are subject to availability
4. Transport is not included
5. Please call our reservations team on 01792 657140 to make a booking
6. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/booking
7. Full payment will be taken on time of booking
8. Minimum 2 night stay
9. Offer includes 2 (18 holes) rounds of golf
10. Offer valid from 1st November 2014– 31st March 2015

South Wales ‘Championship Links’ Golf Breaks

Download a pdf of the South Wales Links Cluster for further details.

Golf on Gower

Download a pdf of the Golf on Gower Brochure for further details.

Ashburnham Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Ashburnham, is where Welshman and winning Ryder Cup Captain, Dai Rees won the PGA title in 1959 and has long been regarded as one of the best links courses in Britain. Harry Vardon twice played the course and commented, “The course I like best in Wales is Ashburnham”.

Measuring 6,910 yards has crowned two further Ryder Cup Captains in their playing careers: Bernard Gallacher (Schweppes PGA Championship, 1969) and Sam Torrance (Martini Tournament 1976)

Ashburnham has also hosted many of the major amateur tournaments having first held a Welsh Amateur Championship in 1904. In more recent years it has been the venue for both the Men’s and Ladies Home Internationals; British Youths, British Ladies and British Senior Ladies Championships; Welsh Golfing Union Championships and also Welsh PGA events. In 2009 it hosted the Welsh Open Strokeplay Championship and in 2010 it will again play host to the Home Internationals.

For more information on Ashburnham Golf Club click here

Activities & Attractions

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Why We Love Swansea

At The Dragon Hotel, we’re situated in the centre of Swansea and are passionate about this special part of South West Wales. If you’re looking for tourist attractions and things to do in Swansea, you’ll be spoilt with all the options on offer.

The birthplace of Dylan Thomas and Catherine Zeta Jones, this is a lively and vibrant maritime city. It’s well known for its energetic nightlife and a wide range of clubs, bars and restaurants. Here, every age and taste will find something they’ll love.

Shopping and Culture

The Wind Street area has become the modern café quarter by day, and by night, is the liveliest street in the city!

Swansea also has the largest indoor market in Wales where you can sample and buy many of the local delicacies – from cockles and laverbread to traditional Welsh cakes, fresh fish and local souvenirs. Other indoor attractions include The LC leisure centre, a variety of theatres and cinemas and the Parc Tawe leisure complex with the ten-pin bowling arena and tropical hot house Plantasia.

The city has an award-winning Marina and Maritime Quarter, which is home to the National Waterfront Museum, a £30 million attraction which pushes the boundaries of technology in an interactive interpretation of Wales’ industry and innovation. This landmark building is a fusion of Welsh slate, glass and steel with a canopied street of cafes and shops overlooking the marina waterfront. What’s more, it’s only a stone’s throw away from Swansea Museum, the oldest in Wales!

Activities and Days Out

Swansea also has top-of-the-range sporting facilities such as the Wales National Pool, the country’s only Olympic-sized swimming pool. This city by the sea also lends itself well to all manner of outdoor activities and water sports and is a fantastic base from which to visit the many and varied golf courses in the South Wales area.

If you’d prefer to watch your sport, visit the fantastic Liberty Stadium, the 20,000-seat home of Swansea City Football Club and Swansea Ospreys Rugby team at The Neath.

Walks in West Wales

Hikers, walkers and fans of the great outdoors love Swansea. The Victorian resort of Mumbles is only a stone’s throw away and offers a fantastic array of attractions, including a pier, traditional boutiques, craft shops and ice-cream parlours.

Mumbles is known as the ‘Gateway to Gower’, Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Gower Peninsula extends west of Mumbles in a succession of stunning coastal and rural sceneries. To the East, the ‘Waterfall Country’ at Afan and the Vale of Neath is a haven for walkers and bikers alike.

Wondering what other tourist attractions or things to do there are in Swansea? Check out our blog, where we’ve plenty of great ideas on how to really make the most of the local area.

The Pembrey Suite

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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The Pembrey 1 and 2 can be used together to form one large conference room, thanks to the removable sound proof screen that divides the two rooms. The room is perfect for large conferences, exhibitions and corporate events to name just a few and has a large foyer which is a great space for a registration area.

Theatre Boardroom Classroom U-Shape Cabaret Dining
230 80 120 N/A 96 180 / 150 with dance floor

All rates are negotiable upon enquiry

The Clyne Suite

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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The Clyne Suite is the smallest room within the hotel, situated on the ground floor, and enjoys the benefits of natural daylight, air conditioning and Wi-Fi access. This room is perfect for interviews or small boardroom meetings and it also lends itself well as a breakout room from larger conferences.

Room set-up Theatre Boardroom Classroom U-shape Cabaret Dining
Seats 16 14 8 8 n/a 14 (extended oval)

Room size Length Width Height
Clyne 6.7m / 22'4'' 4.1m / 13' 2.6m / 8'4"

All rates are negotiable upon enquiry

The Boardroom Suite

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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The Boardroom Suite is situated on the ground floor of the hotel and is perfect for small board meetings or training sessions. The room has natural daylight, air conditioning and Wi-Fi access and can also be used as a break out room for larger conferences.

Room set-up Theatre Boardroom Classroom U-shape Cabaret Dining
Seats 20 16 12 10 n/a 16 (extended oval)

Room size Length Width Height
Boardroom 6.7m / 22'4'' 7m / 15' 2.6m / 8'4"

All rates are negotiable upon enquiry