From Pwllheli to Porthmadog and Machynys to Maesdu, the greatest Welsh golf courses may not always trip off the tongue – except to the locals – but they offer stunning variety and distinctiveness
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An all-world opening stretch with views from every hole on a links of real pedigree. There are few places a golfer would rather be than Royal Porthcawl.
GB & Ireland, Swansea, Wales and Cardiff
Since Royal St. David's was built, the tide has receded a few hundred yards, leaving a belt of land fit for few uses other than the game of golf.
GB & Ireland, Wales and West Coast of Wales
Touched by architectural greats and boasting all the classic seaside features, Aberdovey is vintage Welsh golf and a truly romantic links at heart.
GB & Ireland, Wales, West Coast of Wales and GB & Ireland Fun
Pennard is a links with a difference. Time and again this delightful course provides holes of modest length that confound the thoughtless golfer and reward the skilful one.
GB & Ireland, Swansea, Wales and GB & Ireland Fun
A downland course infused with heather, bracken, gorse and springy links-like turf, Southerndown uniquely sits on a naturally crafted limestone base.
This most traditional, archetypal links is the oldest course in Wales and those who find their way to Tenby will be richly rewarded by its idiosyncratic delights.
Every so occasionally Ashburnham throws up the kind of hole that is simply impossible to play without foreknowledge of its perils and secrets.
GB & Ireland, Wales and Swansea
Laid out in the shadow of Conwy mountain, many holes overlook the estuary towards Llandudno and Anglesey.
GB & Ireland, Wales and North Wales
Homely, friendly and down-to-earth, visitors tend to feel more comfortable here than they do in the more august setting of Royal Porthcawl just a mile or two down the coast.
Ross McMurray skilfully blended in striking new holes at the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten to provide a magnificent risk-and-reward experience that proved perfect for matchplay.
Wales and Cardiff