Golfing in Swansea… Machynys Peninsula | The Dragon Hotel

Machynys Peninsula Golf Club is one of South Wales’ newest golf courses – and also regarded as one of the best that’s been built in Britain over the last 10 years.

In the latest of our golfing in Swansea series, we take a look at one of South Wales’ best-rated courses:

Where is Machynys Peninsula Golf Club?

Machynys from the sky

Because Machynys Peninsula was built recently, it’s very simple to get to.

From Swansea

Take the A483 (then becoming the A484) west out of Swansea. After a picturesque bridge journey over the river Loughor, turn left onto the B4304 and follow the road through three roundabouts before turning left to Machynys Peninsula.

From the M4

Take J48 and travel south on the A4138 towards Llanelli. At the end of the road, cross the roundabout to the B4304 and follow the road to the golf club.

How it Plays Out

£3.5m was spent creating the course (including 25 acres of new lakes) and building its impressive clubhouse back in 2005 and the sheer scale of the development , as well as its authentic, professional feel, will be sure to impress. We also recommend the practice facilities, which are among the best in South Wales.

The course, designed by Jack Nicklaus’ son Gary, consists of a very different front and back 9. The first holes are played mostly on parkland, while the latter nine sit closer to the sea and offer you the opportunity to play some links golf.

Machynys is one of South Wales’ most consistent golf courses. So consistent, in fact, that it’s tough to pick out any particular highlights. That said, the 4th is picked out by many as a particularly tough hole, while the signature 16th, Gary Nicklaus’ favourite, is a long and daunting par 4 that requires an incredibly accurate drive to avoid dangerous bunkers.

Birdie opportunities are few and far between, but the 13th and 14th offer an opportunity to spruce up your score somewhat, and the final 18th is an excellent way to finish your round: a short downhill par 5 to reflect on a hard day’s work.

Why You’ll Love it

hole 16 @ Machynys Peninsula Golf Club

Huge amounts of money were spent making Machynys the impressive course that it is, so it’s pretty ironic that its jaw-dropping surroundings cost nothing. Situated alongside the Wild Fowl and Wetlands Trust, with many rare and beautiful animals, you’ll be assured of a beautiful view while playing your golf.

The holes are creatively designed and have a real engaging aesthetic overlooking the Carmarthenshire bay. With water coming into play on nearly every hole, and frequent strong coastal breezes, it’s fair to say that Machynys isn’t an easy course to play – especially if you stray from the fairways. However, it is fair. Golfers of all experiences and abilities will be able to enjoy a good round here.

One of the best things about golfing at Machynys is the putting. ‘Put’ simply, they’re some of the best that you’ll play on as an amateur. The greens are immaculately tended by the staff and even on wet days (more on that below) they’re in top condition and won’t let you down when it matters the most.

Why You Might Not

Unlike many of South Wales’ most reputable courses like Porthcawl and Langland Bay, which can tower above the coast, many parts of Machynys are actually under sea level. That means that on wet days, or after rain-soaked spells, the course can struggle. That’s not to say that the staff at the course are inattentive, but its geographical makeup doesn’t always lend itself to fast golf.

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Less than a half hour drive from Machynys Golf Club, The Dragon Hotel is a particular favourite with golfers across South Wales.  Golfers love us for our great prices on golf packages, relaxing surroundings and close proximity to the bars, shops and pubs of Swansea.

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The 9th hole @ Machynys Peninsula Golf Club