Wales: Oldest club also crowned Wales’ best

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Golf Union of Wales hosts annual awards ceremony.

The oldest club in Wales was also proclaimed the principality’s best at an awards ceremony last week.

Tenby bounced back from a difficult 12 months to claim the prize at an awards ceremony hosted at Celtic Manor by the Golf Union of Wales.

After suffering severe storm damage last winter, which almost wiped out the 12th tee and threatened the 11th green, a wide range of initiatives brought the club back to its feet.

Club secretary David Hancock said: “we have been shortlisted in the past, so it is great to achieve the award this year on the back of all the efforts put in by the members, committee and staff.

“It has been a lot of hard work but very worthwhile – a very tough year but now we are looking ahead.”

Other finalists for the award included Cottrell Park, Glynhir, Milford Haven and Pyle and Kenfig.

‘We are not resting on our laurels’ In addition to undertaking the repairs, which were supported by a tourism infrastructure grant, Tenby has also opened a new covered driving range and studio, expanded the schools link programme and increased the number of women and juniors at the club.

“A lot of the things we have done are tied in with the projects, said Hancock. “The new driving range has helped with the kids and the ladies and all the teaching programmes we have got.

When you can not play on the course because of the winter, we have got these indoor facilities offering extra benefit for the members.

“It has helped to tie the community in to the golf club. We are the oldest club in Wales, tradition, but certainly forward-thinking and being part of the community is part of that thinking. We are not resting on our laurels.”

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