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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

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


Friday, February 19th, 2010


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