Pennard Golf Club

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Pennard Golf Club, based in south Wales near Swansea, is a traditional members club known as “The Links in the Sky”. 

Founded in 1896, the club has a storied history and has stunning views of the Gower Peninsula. Pennard Golf Club made history in 2022, when it became the first venue to host a joint Male and Female Welsh Amateur Championship in 2022.

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A Brief History of Pennard Golf Club

Golf was first played in Pennard in 1896, with James Braid and C.K. Cotton being the two men who have had a hand in the design of the golf course.

Thomas Penrice was the man who owned the land in the beginning, and he allowed a small number of golfers to play on the land he owned. The club was reconstituted in 1908, following the death of Penrice, with Pennard Golf Club being officially founded.

Pennard brought in Tom Doak and Clyde Johnson midway through the 2010s, with the aim of adding some artificially revetted bunkers to add another level of character to the course.

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Pennard is a Par-71 lay-out which measures at just over 6,420 yards. There are only two holes of more than 500 yards in length, but the challenges come in the undulations of the fairways and greens, the thick rough on the dunes and much more…

The opening hole at Pennard is a straight away par-4, measuring in at 431 yards. A good drive is required off the 1st tee to get your round underway with a good score. Watch out for the big slice onto the road running down the right side. The 2nd is a short par-3 at just 145 yards, but a two-tiered green can challenge even the best putters. After a short par-4, the 4th is the longest hole on the course at 543 yards, and plays downhill to a green that slopes away from you. That makes it reachable in two, but going long is very much in play.

The 5th is a downhill par-3 to a green guarded by bunkers, before 6 plays back up the slope, and then to a green in a hollow, surrounded by grass verges. 7 and 8 are short par-4s that offer birdie opportunities before the front side at Pennard closes with a brute of a par-4. 467 yards long and slightly uphill, a par is a great score to finishing the opening nine.

10 has a ditch down the left hand side, but at 497 yards, it is a reachable par-5. A 180 yard par-3 follows, played over a valley. A false front means club selection is vital, you cannot be short. 12 is less than 300 yards and is reachable for the bigger hitters before the par-3 13th. At more than 200 yards, ‘Colonel’ requires a very good shot to make the green. 14 then plays uphill and is a very tricky par-4.

The closing stretch at Pennard begins with the 15th, a 165 yard par-3 that features a two-tiered green. If you find the wrong part of the green, then it is tricky two-putt. 16 is the signature hole at Pennard, playing with the water’s edge down the left side. A wide fairway allows the chance to reach in two. 17 is a double dog-leg par-5, with the 18th being a tough finishing hole. An undulating green could see a three-putt in front of the gallery on the clubhouse balcony.

Where is Pennard Golf Club located?

Pennard Golf Club is located in South Wales, less than ten miles west of the city of Swansea. It is situated within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cardiff Airport is 50 miles from Pennard Golf Club and around an hour away. Bristol Airport is around two hours away from Pennard, with Birmingham Airport being around three hours away, all by car. Those are the three nearest airports for international visitors to the region.

What are the green fees at Pennard Golf Club?

The most expensive green fee at Pennard Golf Club comes to £125. That is the price for a round during the summer months, playing on either Friday or Sunday. If you want to play through the week, it will only cost you £110.

In March, the shoulder month at Pennard, those prices go down to £85 and £70, respectively. No matter what day of the week through the winter months, a round will cost £55. Saturdays are unavailable to visitors at Pennard.

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