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NCG Top 100s: Wales – Where next?

Where do our panellists want to visit next in Wales?

 

With the compiling of the Welsh list for 2024 at its end, where do our panellists want to visit next in this spectacular golfing country?

Our individual panellists will not have played every course on the new Welsh list, meaning that there are some courses that they want to get to as soon as they can!

From courses at the very top of the NCG Top 100s: Wales list, to those hidden gems that might not have been properly seen yet, our panellists have a wide range of choices.

Royal Porthcawl – which sits at the top of the NCG Top 100s: Wales list – is at the top of some of our panel’s list, but where else do they want to play next in Wales?

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Which courses do our panellists believe should be higher?

Dan Murphy: To my shame, I still haven’t visited North Wales. I have heard some great things about Clyne recently. I will go and see both for myself. 

Neil Gray: Aberdovey – I’ve heard a lot about it over the years and was very disappointed that my trips to Wales this year didn’t allow it. 

Sean Arble: I was quite taken by St David’s City and hope the original Braid 9 holes could be just as compelling.   

Jim Banting: Royal St David’s – So many fond memories and a layout which tests golfing ability and mental strength in equal measure. 

Ed Battye: A return visit to Royal Porthcawl is the highest priority. 

Peter Rudd: I would like to explore more of the courses further south such as Tenby

Greg Webber: I missed out on Welshpool, Prestatyn and the Cardiff courses this time and would like to play them. 

Chris Myatt: A return to Royal Porthcawl and also a visit to its near-neighbours Pyle & Kenfig and Southerndown

David Walker: Northwest Wales to return to some old favourites and discover any new hidden gems. 

Alex Frolish: Royal St David’s, Aberdovey, Neath and Welshpool. 

Mike Robertson: I still haven’t made it to Royal Porthcawl, criminally. 

Which courses have you played in Wales? Do you agree with where our panellists think they should play next in Wales? 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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