The latest in our Golfing in Swansea series sees us take a look at one of the local area’s most popular courses (and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ favourite), Langland Golf Club:
Where is Langland Bay Golf Club?
Found just the other side of The Mumbles to Swansea, Langland is a 20-minute coastal drive from the Dragon Hotel in central Swansea – perfect for sunny days. Take the A4067 to The Mumbles then turn right onto the B4593 and latterly Langland Bay Road and you’ll arrive at your golfing destination.
How it Plays Out
Golfers have been teeing off at Langland Bay for over 100 years and to this day it’s not lacking in olde worlde charm. At 6,026 yards, it’s not a long course by any stretch but it’s not lacking in tricky hazards – here you’ll find plenty of bunkers, water traps and speedy greens which combine with the coastal wind to make your round a tough one.
However, that’s not to say that Langland Bay can only do diminutive holes. Although you might choose to leave your driver in your bag on some holes such as the 3rd and 4th, the par-4 5th is 360 yards long and needs a good solid drive for any chance of birdying.
Highlights at Langland Bay include the 453-yard par 4 7th where only the most confident golfers will avoid a bogie and the 16th which is as unforgiving a par 3 as you can get. The 16th consists of a short drive over gorse but if you miss the steeply-sloped, postage stamp-sized green you’re in big trouble.
Why You’ll Love it
If you’re one of those that prefers deft, controlled golf and cultured green play, you’ll love Langland. Because it’s shorter than most you won’t get bored driving down endless fairways – although there’s no denying that its many hazards and difficult pin positions do make it a real challenge.
As well as being diligently maintained all year round, the course is sandwiched between Langland and Caswell Bay and so provides some of the finest panoramic views in the UK, never mind Wales. On 15 of the 18 holes you’ll get a glimpse of the stunning Gower coast. Plus, if you’re somewhat hot after a sweaty round you can always cool off in the sea.
Why You Might Not
As we’ve hinted at, Langland Bay is built for thinking-man’s golf and might not be your favourite if you like nothing more than driving down endless fairways.
What’s more, because it has 18 holes packed quite cosily into a tight space, there are a couple of instances when some holes cross each other (a pet peeve for some golfers) and you have to deal with some stray balls and align yourself with others playing on the course.
Want a hotel near Langland Bay Golf Club?
Situated just 20 minutes from the Gower, The Dragon Hotel is one of the favourite destinations for golfers and one of the best hotels near Langland Bay Golf Club. With exclusive rates and special packages available, our golf team can ensure your break costs less.
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