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Welsh golf isn’t short of iconic moments from the likes of Ian Woosnam, Dai Rees and Jamie Donaldson – but what isn’t talked about enough is the country’s expansive list of iconic courses that can make the perfect Wales golf trip.
Did you know the country has hosted Seniors and Ladies major championships as well as numerous elite amateur events such as the Walker Cup and the Amateur Championship?
Here are our tips on where you should head this summer and enjoy the perfect Wales golf trip.
NCG Top 100s Tour: Wales golf trip
Our NCG Top 100s Tour offers numerous chances to book yourself a golf trip with your friends or family as the events are split into groups of three or four venues to make up different swings.
For the second year running, the Tour will visit iconic Welsh courses, and we’ve added more so there is plenty of opportunities to soak in everything Welsh golf has to offer.
If you are planning a golf trip for yourself and your golfing friends we offer 10% discounts when you book a group of four or more.
North Wales Links Swing: Aberdovey (July 5)
A classical and romantic links, Aberdovey is set within Snowdonia National Park and at the mouth of the Dovey estuary. Despite boasting so much history, it is not a short course and has tested some of the very best golfers.
It was here that Ian Woosnam honed his trade and the club has played host to a number of top tournaments such as The Welsh Seniors’ Championship.
North Wales Links Swing: Conwy (July 6)
Conwy, the only championship-length course in North Wales, is a relatively flat links that builds towards an exceptionally challenging finish.
It has hosted both the Seniors’ and Ladies’ tours and is always well received. Rugged, uncompromising and natural, you get what you deserve here and when the wind blows it becomes fearsome.
Generally you have a feeling of space but on the closing stretch the gorse encroaches and creates a new challenge.
South Wales Swing: Ashburnham (August 12)
First impressions of a course from a clubhouse bay window are usually revealing. But not here at Ashburnham, where the first and last holes are entirely untypical of what lies in between.
In fact, add in the flat, parallel-running 2nd and 17th, along with the short 16th, and the rest is very much a course within a course.
These remaining 13 holes are classic links. They dive through the dunes with a beguiling combination of blind and open vistas; some are arrow-straight, others are dog-legged – occasionally more than once.
South Wales Swing: Tenby (August 13)
At the risk of generalisation, it is probably fair to say that there is no finer course in the British Isles about which less is commonly known than Tenby.
This most traditional, archetypal links is the oldest course in Wales and those who find their way to Pembrokeshire, in the south west of the Principality, will be richly rewarded by its quixotic and idiosyncratic delights.
South Wales Swing: Southerndown (August 17)
Southerndown is unique, as nature crafted an unusual ‘limestone-heath’ base on which this downland course sits.
This ‘limestone-heathland-links’ presented the original course architects with a unique canvas on which to work. Willie Fernie, Herbert Fowler, Willie Park, Harry Colt and Donald Steel – great names in golf course design – have all played their part over the years in creating Southerndown as we know it today.
South Wales Swing: Machynys Peninsula (August 18)
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.
About the NCG Top 100s Tour
The NCG Top 100s Tour is the UK’s leading series for club golfers looking to play the best courses across the UK.
Competitors can play in one, five or all the events should they wish to enhance their chances of winning the grand prize.
Each event has prizes on offer courtesy of TaylorMade while the Grand Final winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Players Championship in 2022.