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On-line Booking Terms & Conditions

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Please read these Terms & Conditions carefully.

By using this website and The Dragon Hotel online booking service you are agreeing to be bound by the Terms and Conditions detailed below which form the basis of your contract with The Dragon Hotel. In the Terms & Conditions set out below, “you” and “your” refers to all persons named on the booking, which includes any individual(s) subsequently added or substituted at a later date. “We”, “us” and “our” all refer to The Dragon Hotel.

Please print and retain a copy of this Agreement for your records as it may occasionally be updated.

1. Making a booking

By making a booking you are confirming that you are authorised to do so on behalf of all persons named in the booking and you are acknowledging that all members of your party agree to be bound by these Booking Terms & Conditions.

When your booking has been made a confirmation will be sent to you by email using the email address that you have supplied. You should retain a copy of this confirmation for your reference. Booking confirmations are subject to the availability of accommodation at the hotel.

You should carefully check the details of your confirmation as soon as you receive it. You must contact The Dragon Hotel immediately if any of the details are incorrect or incomplete.

We will always endeavour to rectify any inaccuracies or accommodate any alterations you wish to make to your booking. We cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies that are not brought to our attention within seven days of issuing your confirmation, nor can we accept responsibility for inaccurate information that you have supplied.

If you contact us using the booking enquiry form we will endeavour to respond within 2 working hours of receiving your booking enquiry.

2. Paying for your booking

All bookings made via The Dragon Hotel website must be guaranteed with a credit or debit card – Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro or Delta. No deposit will automatically be deducted from your credit or debit card at the time of booking. (Specific packages such as Christmas breaks may have different payment requirements. Where this is the case, it will be clearly stated during the booking process). The account, including any extra costs incurred during your stay, must be made to the hotel when you checkout. Cash, credit or debit cards are welcome in settlement of your hotel account. Cheques are NOT accepted as payment.

In some instances, supplementary items, such as tickets to local attractions, may require full payment at the time of booking. If applicable, the additional sum required as a deposit will be clearly stated when making your booking. (Please note that certain supplementary items may require a non-refundable deposit.)

As a measure of fraud prevention you will be required to enter the three digit Card Verification Value (CVV) printed on the back of your credit or debit card when making a booking online.

When booking golf or health and beauty breaks online, more than 14 days prior to arrival, the hotel will contact you within 24 hours of your booking to confirm your tee times and beauty treatments. For golf or health and beauty break bookings within 14 days of arrival, please either call Reservations or use the Enquiry Form on the website to check availability.

Unless stated as part of your booking, additional items such as (but not limited to) the cost of external telephone calls, meals, drinks, items from the mini-bar and travel expenses, are not included in the price of your stay. If you incur any such additional costs you must settle the sum involved prior to your departure from the hotel.

On arrival, all reservations will require a pre-authorisation with a credit/debit card to cover incidentals during your stay. If paying cash, a deposit to cover the total room rate & an extra, refundable upon departure, £100 per room per stay is required. No credit for incidentals will be available when paying cash unless a further deposit is supplied upon check in.


All prices are quoted in £GBP and include tax (VAT) at 20%.

3. VAT Invoice

A VAT invoice will be provided at the hotel on departure.

4. Price changes

The Dragon Hotel reserves the right to increase or decrease the price of unsold breaks at any time. The price of your chosen break will be confirmed when your booking is made and, with the exception of any errors, we will not increase this price once it has been confirmed. We reserve the right to correct any errors in advertised and confirmed prices and will do so as soon as we become aware of an error. We will notify you of any price discrepancies relating to your booking should they arise, but we strongly advise you to check that the final price of your booking is correct before making your final confirmation.

5. Amendments to your booking

You should notify us of any amendments to your confirmed booking by telephone or in writing (by post or by email to as soon as possible. Amendments are subject to availability and those made outside the cancellation period (see below) may be subject to cancellation charges. 

6. Cancellations within the Cancellation Period

Should you wish to cancel your booking within the cancellation period. You can cancel your booking by using the link provided in your booking confirmation email. A cancellation confirmation will be sent back to you at the same email address.

7. Cancellations outside the Cancellation Period

On all confirmed bookings cancelled outside the specified cancellation period, there is a Cancellation Charge equivalent to the total cost of the first night’s booking value. This includes non-arrivals or instances where you cannot provide proof of cancellation (cancellation confirmation or reference number) if requested to do so. Please note that specific packages incur a cancellation charge of the whole package when cancelled outside the specified cancellation period. Your credit or debit card will be charged a Cancellation Charge, equivalent to the total cost of the first night’s booking value or the complete package value. 

8. Cancellations and changes made by The Dragon Hotel

In the unlikely event that the hotel is unable to accommodate a confirmed reservation it may be necessary to offer an alternative of an equal or a superior standard. If at any time we need to make changes that will significantly affect your stay or we need to cancel your stay, we will tell you as soon as possible, offering a suitable alternative. This does not apply to minor changes or events during your stay, resulting from unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control.

We cannot be held responsible for cancelling your booking as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of our Booking Terms & Conditions, and we cannot be held liable for any expenses, costs or losses incurred by you as a result of any change or cancellation.

If a guest or a member of your party behaves in a way that causes or is likely to cause danger, upset or distress to a third party or to hotel or guest property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to curtail the stay and request that the person(s) concerned leave the hotel. No refunds or return travel arrangements will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of such a curtailment. 

9. Additional Requests

All additional or special requests are subject to availability and we cannot guarantee the provision for special requests. Any additional requests made should be prior to your arrival at the hotel, giving reasonable advance notice. 

10. Third party suppliers

Elements of your break may include services supplied by third parties (for example golf, clay pigeon shooting, mountain bike hire, etc). Such third party suppliers will usually have their own set of Terms and Conditions relating to the services they provide. You should consult the Terms and Conditions of any third party either before or soon after making a booking if your break includes such items. 

11. Medical conditions

If you or any member of your party has a medical problem or disability which may affect your stay, please call Reservations to advise us so that we can make provision for the particular needs of the person(s) concerned, or advise you if we are unable to make such provision. If details are not provided to us at the time of booking, the hotel reserves the right to cancel the booking should it be unable to make appropriate provision for a specific need or needs. 

12. Circumstances beyond our control

We cannot accept responsibility for unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. These include (but are not limited to) adverse weather conditions, fire, riot, war, terrorist activity (or threat of such activity), industrial dispute, natural disaster, or injuries and death of an individual(s) through accidental circumstances unconnected with the hotel.

By making a booking you are accepting responsibility for any damage or loss caused by yourself or a member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss must be paid to the hotel owner or manager on demand. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made (together with our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. 

13. Complaints

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your stay you should bring the problem or issue to the attention of the duty manager at the hotel as soon as possible so that all reasonable efforts can be made to rectify the situation. If for any reason the issue cannot be resolved to your satisfaction you should put it in writing and send it to the General Manager at the hotel. Any complaints arising out of your stay at the hotel that are not brought to the attention of the hotel during your stay are unlikely to receive the same level of attention if made retrospectively.

Should you be dissatisfied with any aspect of the service provided by The Dragon Hotel, you can bring it to our attention by writing to: The General Manager, The Dragon Hotel, The Kingsway, Swansea, South Wales SA1 5LS.

Complaints brought to our attention will normally receive a response within 7 working days.

14. General Information

Prices & Availability: For real-time prices and room availability for the The Dragon Hotel, please go to or call Reservations on 01792 657100. The Dragon Hotel can be booked instantly online. All prices are quoted in £GBP and include tax (VAT) at 20%.

Price tips: Our room pricing will fluctuate in line with market demand. Prices are generally lower the further in advance that you book. Prices at weekends may offer better value, and you can get exceptional value in January and also on one night dinner, bed & breakfast breaks on most Sundays throughout the year.

Best Price Guarantee: Our Best Price Guarantee is applicable to all guest room reservations at The Dragon Hotel made on or through our own Reservations. We guarantee, that for any hotel reservation, you will always receive the best rate available to the general public on the World Wide Web or anywhere else for your choice of hotel and room type.

Accommodation: As a minimum, all bedrooms are fully air conditioned and feature a private en suite bathroom with guest toiletries, colour flat screen television, tea/coffee making facilities, wi-fi and direct dial telephone.

Breakfast & Dinner: Bed & breakfast prices include a full, traditional breakfast buffet, unless otherwise stated. Dinner, bed & breakfast prices include breakfast as outlined above and either a 3-course meal taken from the standard table d’hote (set dinner price) menu or an allowance towards the cost of a meal taken from the a la carte (individually priced dishes) menu, unless otherwise stated. Room only rates do not include any meals.

Checking-in: Your room(s) will normally be available after 2pm. If you plan to arrive later than10pm, please advise the hotel directly by calling the number given on your booking confirmation.

Leisure Club/Swimming Pool: Please ask at the hotel reception for rules and opening times when checking in, or call us in advance on 08704 299848. Additional restrictions may apply to the use of such facilities by children. Supplementary leisure activities or beauty treatments should be booked and confirmed prior to your arrival.

Parking: On site parking is available on a first come first serve basis.  The Dragon Hotel does not accept any liability for any damage or theft to vehicles parked in the car park.

Pets: With the exception of guide dogs, no pets are permitted in the hotel. Guests are liable for any damage caused by their pet.

Smoking: The Dragon Hotel is strictly a non smoking hotel.  Failure to comply with this policy will incur a £100 penalty.

Taxes: All prices include Value Added Tax (VAT) at 20%, and service.

Tourist attractions: To avoid disappointment you should check the seasonal and/or daily opening times of any tourist attractions prior to travelling to the hotel or the attraction concerned.

Accuracy of information on this website: Whereas we endeavour to ensure the information contained within this website is as accurate as possible, there will inevitably be instances where information may be incorrect or out of date. It is always advisable to check specific details that may be relevant to your booking prior to making that booking. For example, information relating to regional or local attractions is intended for your general information and any changes to such attractions or facilities are beyond our control. We reserve the right to amend or remove information at any time and do not accept responsibility for keeping copies of any amended or deleted information.

15. Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that any insurance cover you have provides adequate cover for your needs and for the duration of your stay.

16. Usernames and Passwords

This site may provide you with the ability to use usernames, passwords, or other codes or devices to gain access to restricted areas. The content contained in such areas is confidential to The Dragon Hotel, and is provided to you for your own specified personal or corporate use. We reserve the right to withdraw the use of such access codes at any time should we feel that their use is being abused or is likely to be detrimental to our business in any way.

17. Our liability to you

We accept liability for, and totally restricted to, services booked via The Dragon Hotel website in accordance with the Booking Terms & Conditions current at the time of booking. We cannot accept any other form of liability.

18. Website Privacy

Electronic mailing list: The Dragon Hotel operates an opt-in email policy. In order to receive details about special offers and promotions from us by email you must opt-in to our mailing list. If at a later date you wish to opt out of our mailing list you can use the link or email address provided at the bottom of any of our emails to do so. Alternatively, you can unsubscribe by sending an email to:

We do not send unsolicited email communications and we do not sell, exchange or trade email addresses to or with third parties.

Reservations: In order to guarantee your reservation you will need to provide us with specific personal details relating to that reservation. Your details will be used only for the purpose of handling that reservation and will be provided to the hotel in which you are staying for that specific purpose.

When making a reservation you will be transferred to a secure (SSL) server in order to provide credit or debit card information. When you are transferred to this secure server you will see a padlock icon in the bottom corner of your browser window and the URL of the page you are viewing will begin with “https”. Any information you provide while you are within this secure environment is encrypted and cannot be read by a third party.

When you make a reservation we will use your email address for the purpose of fulfilling that reservation. This will include sending you an email to confirm your reservation and may include additional communication should we need to contact you regarding specific requirements or a cancellation. If you choose to opt-in to our mailing list during the booking process, then we will store the contact details that you have provided so that we may fulfil your request for future communication.

Enquiry forms: Information you provide to us using an enquiry form on The Dragon Hotel website is used only for the purpose of fulfilling that enquiry.

19. Third party websites and viruses

The Dragon Hotel cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, content, or availability of information about the hotel or our organisation that may be found on third party websites. Neither are we responsible for the content or privacy policies of any third party websites that have links to or from The Dragon Hotel website.

Attempts to interfere with the operation of our website, by whatever means, or any attempt to place an unreasonable or disproportionate load on our website or server infrastructure is prohibited.

In the event of our website failing to operate, either in whole or in part, due to infections by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond reasonable control, we reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to prohibit usage of our site and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the site.

20. Copyright (c) The Dragon Hotel. All rights reserved

All copyright and other intellectual property rights in all text, images, sounds and other materials on this site is the property of The Dragon Hotel and its affiliated companies. No reproduction of any part of this site may be sold or distributed for commercial gain or modified or incorporated into any other work, publication or site.

All names, logos, trademarks, service marks, trade dress and trade names are proprietary to The Dragon Hotel and may not be used by anyone for any purpose without our prior express written consent. Framing or utilized framing techniques of the above or other proprietary information is also prohibited without written consent. We consider our trademarks to be valuable assets, and take infringement of them seriously.

It is illegal to use any spy wares, robot, spider or other automatic device, or manual process to track or copy the site or the contents or information without our prior express written consent, apart from the recognized major search engines such as Google & Yahoo MSN. The use of any such material from The Dragon Hotel website on any other Web, Internet, intranet, extranet or other site or computer environment is strictly prohibited.

Information on our site is intended for your reference only. If you have any specific queries you should contact The Dragon Hotel direct.

The Dragon Hotel nor any party involved in creating, producing or delivering this site shall be liable for any damages arising out of any access to, use of, or inability to use this site.

Copyright (c) 2006 The Dragon Hotel. All rights reserved

Updated January 2012

Water Sports

Friday, February 19th, 2010

All Points West

An exciting sea school teaching all aspects of sailing, powerboating and water safety. At All Points West they have access to a fantastic range of facilities. Their Sailing school is home to first class, highly qualified trainers with first class vessels at their disposal.
They currently have a range of yachts available, including two brand new Dufour 365s and a Maxi 1100.
Based in Swansea’s prestigious SA1 Waterfront development, their training waters include the Gower coast, North Devon and West Wales.


SurfGSD is a 4 star approved British Surfing School offering surfing courses for all abilities from absolute beginner to the advanced surfer.
They provide all the surfing equipment that you require and can offer surf lessons at various surf locations including: Caswell Beach and Llangennith beaches on Gower.

Gower Coast Adventures

Gower Coast Adventures is a family run boating business, their aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, leaving passengers with unforgettable memories.

Guided by professional qualified crew with excellent local knowledge, you will encounter a wealth of marine wildlife, fascinating local history and a unique thrill as you skim across the open water.

Theme Parks

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood, Wales’ largest theme park has something for everyone offering a wide range of rides from the wet to the spooky, the tall to the fast. Perhaps relaxing on the boating lake or enjoying a magic show might be more to your taste – whatever you choose, you’re in for a full day of family fun.

Folly Farm

Situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Folly Farm is a family adventure park includes an exotic children’s zoo, a vintage funfair, the jolly barn and lots of friendly animals ready to befriend the whole family.

Pembrey Country Park

Pembrey Country Park enjoys 500 acres of beautiful parkland and sweeping beaches from dawn to dusk. Throughout the summer additional attractions include a narrow gauge train, pitch and putt golf course, cycle hire, a large adventure playground and a dry ski slope and toboggan run.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Wales’ premier estuary for wildfowl and waders, the National Wetland Centre of Wales has a resident population of over 1,000 wildfowl from across the world. With its indoor discovery centre and the largest wetland habitat creation in the UK WWT Llanelli is a great place to visit whether you’re a serious bird watcher or a novice wishing to learn.

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Dan yr Ogof Caves is a great day out for the whole family with everything from award-winning caves, Dinosaur Park and Iron Age Village to Mr Morgan’s Farm and Barney Owl’s Children Adventure Playground.

Rainy Day Activities

Friday, February 19th, 2010


There’s something for everyone from butterflies to monkeys at this all weather attraction. Assimilating different climates Plantasia is sectioned into different areas of natural wonders. Concessions and seasonal passes are available.

Megabowl Swansea

With its 26 bowling lanes, a big screen TV and an amusement area, Megabowl Swansea is sure to entertain across the ages – yes, there’s even a fully licensed bar!

Skidz Karting – Swansea’s Indoor Karting Track

SKIDZ Karting, Swansea’s only indoor karting track. With karts for all ages and abilities and tracks to challenge all types of drivers – we know you’ll have a great time karting with them!

Odeon 10 Screen Cinema Complex & Vue Swansea 12 Screen Cinema

Need we say more?


A short journey away is some physical family fun. Every square inch of Playzone’s monster massive play area is packed with fun. From squeezy rollers to bouncy poles this is the place for every fun loving child of under twelve to bring their parents.


City centre shopping including Swansea Market are at the hotel’s doorstep. A short drive can take you to the eclectic shops of Mumbles Village or to one of the nearby shopping complexes at Fforestfach and Morfa. A little further afield is the shopping mall at Mc Arthur Glen Outlet Village near Bridgend.

Swansea Market

Swansea City boasts the largest indoor market in Wales, where you can sample and buy many of our local delicacies such as cockles and laver bread, locally caught fresh fish and of course, freshly baked welsh cakes. Swansea Market is also a great place for local souvenirs.

Swansea Grand Theatre

Since 1897, Swansea’s Grand Theatre has been providing the public with a broad range of cultural, artistic and general entertainment events. In 1999 the Arts Wing opened its doors for the first time providing a contemporary environment to host exhibitions, conferences and smaller scale music and drama performances.

Dynamic Rock

Dynamic Rock is a large, dedicated indoor climbing centre, with lead walls up to 12m high and an extensive bouldering room with 4m high walls and regularly re-set problems. Those wishing to learn to climb are welcome and courses can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and will offer a safe and accessible introduction to the sport, with interesting climbing and expert tuition.

Tomos Watkin Brewery Tours

The Hurns Brewing Company, producers of the iconic Welsh brand Tomos Watkin Ales offer an opportunity to see the production line in their 22,000 sq ft purpose built brewery here in Swansea.  Tours last for approximately half an hour and include a guided tour of the brewery and bottling plant, a buffet and free bar!  For further information contact us

Outdoor Activities

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Ffos Las Racecourse

Ffos Las has brought top class racing back to West Wales for the first time since 1937. You can find it in the heart of Carmarthenshire between the towns of Llanelli and Carmarthen, only 15 minutes from junction 48 M4, and only an hour’s drive from the Irish Ferry terminals of Pembroke Dock and Fishguard.

The 600 acre racecourse is set in one of the most beautiful parts of Wales, amid fine views of the Gwendraeth Valley and Carmarthen Bay. It is almost impossible to believe that it is the former site of the largest open cast coal mine in Europe.

This year Ffos Las hosts 29 race meetings, with a mixture of Flat and National Hunt racing. And with the welcomed return of the ever-popular Ladies Night, Ladies Day, Caribbean Festival and Family Fun Days, there’s something for everyone.

Why not jump-start your racing experience by purchasing our inclusive package? For only £22 this package has everything you need to help make your day special including your entrance ticket, pint, carvery roll and race day programme. All you have to do is bring your betting money!

Teamforce Paintball & Activity Centre

Brand new purpose built on site facilities make Teamforce one of the most enjoyable paintball sites in the UK. Teamforce can put together an exciting and fun package day to suit your needs whether it’s leisure or business.
Specially designed multiple games zones provide absorbing activity all with great scenarios to play out –
here are the options for you to explore.

  • Jungle Fortress
  • Two Tier Castle
  • Special Forces Base
  • The Bridge
  • Armageddon Speedball
  • Missile Command Zone

Call of the Wild

Adventure Britain specialise in offering a wide range of exhilarating outdoor adventure activities and training courses. Whether you are arranging a corporate event, family gathering, anniversary, birthday, stag or hen party they have something for everyone. Programmes and courses can be tailored to be interactive and provide the opportunity for all age groups and abilities to participate. The emphasis is very much on enjoyment and fun.

Dryad Bushcraft and Wilderness Adventure

Experience Bushcraft, the art of learning to live comfortably in a wilderness environment using a combination of traditional skills and modern survival equipment. They offer a range of activity courses and guided walks dedicated to the safe pursuit of Bushcraft and outdoor adventure. Their courses are designed to be an enjoyable experience, with the emphasis on learning new skills in a safe and pleasant outdoor environment. So whether you are looking for a challenge, or just want to get back to nature for a few relaxing days then Dryad Bushcraft have an activity to suit you.

Go Ape!

Go Ape! is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides… all set high up in the trees.
Providing a fun day out with friends, families or colleagues, you’ll be fitted with a climbing harness and given instruction before trekking from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Split into a number of different sections, the experience takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to complete but may vary depending on how many people are up in the trees.

Museums & Galleries

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Swansea Museum


To quote Dylan Thomas, this, the oldest museum in Wales (purpose built in 1841), is a ‘museum which belongs in a museum’. Housing displays of local history, art and archaeology, it offers a lively and varied programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Museum website.
The Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and admission is free.

National Waterfront Museum

A £30 million attraction which pushes the boundaries of technology in an interactive interpretation of Wales’ industry and innovation. 15 exciting themed display areas include a showcase for new technologies in science, manufacturing and medicine – including ground breaking Welsh inventions. With high impact graphics and interactive opportunities throughout the displays, this is a must-see attraction! This new landmark building is a fusion of Welsh slate, glass and steel with a canopied street of cafes and shops overlooking the marina waterfront. Museum website.

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery


View the excellent collection of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain on permanent display. Housed in a building that is in itself a piece of art, the Glynn Vivian offers a varied programme of art and design throughout the year. Glyn Vivian Art Gallery website.

Dylan Thomas Centre


Opened in 1995 by former US President Jimmy Carter, the Dylan Thomas Centre is situated in the heart of Swansea’s Maritime Quarter and offers a year round programme of literary events. Its award winning exhibition celebrates the life and works of legendary local Dylan Thomas.

Egypt Centre Swansea University

The Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian antiquities, was opened in 1998. The museum has two galleries; the House of Death and the House of Life. The collection consists of some 3,000 Egyptian antiquities covering a time span of c4000 BC- AD 500. Artefacts include; a 21st Dynasty wooden coffin, a reserve head of which only about 30 are known, part of the Book of the Dead and beautiful bead collars dated from the time of Tutankhamen.

Southerndown Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Unique! – A links-style course set on a limestone heath with stunning panoramic views of South Wales.

No trees or water hazards here – just gorse, bracken and the occasional breath of wind! A challenge for any golfer – that’s why so many of the best amateurs take part every April in the famous 72-hole championship event, the Duncan Putter.

Peter Alliss referred to Southerndown as “One of the finest tests of golf in Wales”. From the first hole, which Henry Cotton famously described as “one of the most difficult opening holes in golf”, to the 18th signature hole with its memorable split-level fairways, Southerndown will provide the serious golfer with an unforgettable experience. Millionaire’s golf!

For more information on Southerndown Golf Club click here

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Royal Porthcawl was described as being one of the twelve finest courses in the world by the late Tom Scott, a leading writer on golf and former editor of Golf Illustrated. Since his day the club has acquired a large practice area and further improvements have been made to the course, developments which keep Royal Porthcawl firmly among the world’s top golf courses. The status of the course is sustained by the many prestigious professional and amateur events held at the club over the years.

Michael Williams of the Daily Telegraph summed it all up with; “Royal Porthcawl epitomises all that is best about the game, as it once was, even down to a creaking clubhouse that is as unchanging as the magnificent links and unrivalled hospitality.”

The course has a magnificent setting sloping down to the seashore. The absence of sand hills usually found on links courses enables the golfer to see the sea from every hole and to enjoy memorable views south to Somerset and Exmoor, and northwest across Swansea Bay to the Gower Peninsula. With holes facing into every point of the compass, the player is always tested by the wind and will probably need every club in the bag.

The status of the course is sustained by the many amateur and professional events held at the club over the years. Among others, the club has hosted the Amateur Championship, the Walker Cup, the Curtis Cup, the European Team Championship, the Home Internationals, the Vagliano Trophy, the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, the Dunlop Masters, the Penfold, the Ladies European Tour and the Coral Classic.

For more information on Royal Porthcawl Golf Club click here

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

This traditional links and down land course has a growing reputation as one of the best challenges in Wales. Affectionately known as “P & K” the course was originally designed by Harry S Colt, then further extended by P Mackenzie Ross, who described the dunes land as a “golfers dream”.

The course has recently hosted the Amateur Championship qualifying rounds, the 2003 Girls Home Internationals and the 2006 Men’s Home International matches as well as many other professional and amateur tournaments.

The course is two loops of nine holes returning to the Clubhouse and the second nine are regarded as the tougher of the two, with the final three holes viewed as the hardest.

Glorious views and historic associations adorn this fine course with its natural hazards of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes that ensure the visit will be a memorable one.

For more information on  Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club click here

Pennard Golf Club

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Located 8 miles west of Swansea in the Gower Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Golf has been played here since 1896, although the course owes most of its appeal today first to James Braid and then to C.K. Cotton.

The holes are routed over classically undulating and tumbling linksland, full of hummocks, hillocks and hollows and pocked with dunes large and small; in sum, exactly what we might hope to find beside the shore.
Yet this exceptional terrain is not beside the shore – It is two hundred feet above it.

No wonder Pennard has been called “the links in the sky.”

On, Pennard Golf Club has been voted in the top 100 courses in the British Isles for the past 3 years and is currently rated as the fourth best course in Wales.

World famous golf course architect Tim Doak once visited Pennard and commented “Pennard is one of my all time favourites – the site is one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen.”

For more information on Pennard Golf Club click here