This is a relatively new Jack Nicklaus design that is located on the outskirts of Llanelli near the River Loughor. It impressed our Wales Top 50 panel for its thoughtful routing and strong holes. As its name hints at, it is nestled around water – Carmarthen Bay to be specific. Machynys is an impressive effort by Jack and his team considering they were given unremarkable, open land near to the coast to work with.
The tough 16th is one of the many well-designed holes, a long par 4 which plays into the prevailing wind with an undulating green. The shaping of the 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 oversaw the project design on behalf of his father, Jack – is especially proud of the 4th, 5th, 16th, and 18th.