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.
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.
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.
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.
As its name hints at, Machynys Peninsula was built around water – Carmarthen Bay to be specific. The result is a hugely impressive effort by Jack Nicklaus and his team.
The Wales National is a muscular modern course and is a serious test no matter whether it is in its woodland phase or holes that are parkland in character.