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NCG Top 100s: Wales – Which courses are underrated?

The Wales list has been announced, but which courses should possibly be higher?

 

Everyone will have their own opinions after seeing the NCG Top 100s: Wales list, but which courses do our panellists believe are underrated?

There is plenty of choice when it comes to Welsh golf, with links courses around the coast, and stunning moorland tracks further infield.

The way these lists are compiled is not an exact science. Some may think there are underrated courses, others may believe there are overrated courses.

That can always be a topic of discussion when it comes to golf in Wales, which features the likes of Royal St David’s, Nefyn & District, Royal Porthcawl and the Twenty Ten Course at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Are any of these underrated? Which courses should be higher? Our panellists had their say…

Which courses do our panellists believe should be higher?

Jim Banting: Bull Bay – A highly enjoyable experience from start to finish. 

Ed Battye: Clyne – A beautifully raw, rugged and natural moorland course. 

Sean Arble: Welshpool. Not quite the final word, but this is what Darwin had to say: “The fact is that it is almost as impossible to describe the course as to describe the view; it is so unexpected, so unlike anything else, perched on the roof of the world. It is a beautiful place and I realised how incomplete had been my golfing education until I had seen it.” 

Chris Myatt: Two deserve this accolade – Machynys Peninsula and Cardigan. Both courses were brilliantly presented and have a varied selection of holes with multiple routes to the greens. 

Alex Frolish: Clyne – Rugged beauty mixed with subtle architecture.  

Greg Webber: The two that struck me most were Cardigan, with interesting holes and some great greens complexes, and Anglesey, an unfussy, but highly enjoyable links. 

Dan Murphy: Bull Bay – Touches of Herbert Fowler’s genius repeatedly lift this course to a higher level. 

David Walker: Pyle & Kenfig 

Peter Rudd: Prestatyn possesses some excellent golf holes and has the potential to be a classic championship course. 

Mike Robertson: North Wales. Yes, it isn’t manicured perfectly, but it’s a really enjoyable course. 16 and 17 are great short holes. 

Which courses on our NCG Top 100s: Wales list would you say are underrated? Which courses would you push higher up the list? Let us know your thoughts with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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