Golf in Wales - Did you know?
Here are 18 interesting facts about golf in Wales - one for each hole!
- Llanymynech Golf Club has 15 holes in Wales and three in England. On the fourth you tee off in Wales, putt in England and return to Wales three holes later.
- Wales has the third oldest golf union in the world. It was established in 1895.
- The clubhouse at The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club is the former workshop and garage where the first Rolls-Royce engines were once built.
- Chirk Golf Centre has the second longest hole in Britain. It measures a daunting 664 yards.
- Part club, part museum, Ashburnham Golf Club has one of the best collections of golf memorabilia on display in its clubhouse.
- If you want a challenge, play Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech. Only twice do successive holes proceed in the same direction.
- In September 1898 Dr Frank Stableford unveiled his Stableford scoring system at Glamorganshire Golf Club, Penarth.
- Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club was designed by Gary Nicklaus, son of the legendary Jack Nicklaus. A first for Wales.
- At Cardigan Golf Club keep your eyes peeled - dolphins and porpoises are often seen playing among the waves just below the course.
- The golf course at Abergele Golf Club was moved in its entirety in 1968 and re-established in a new location.
- Every August Wales hosts one of the biggest tournaments on the professional ladies European Tour, the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe.
- A game at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club is rarely played without a wind. In 1990 the wind was so strong it blew the professional’s shop away - the remains were found in the car park the next morning.
- Tenby is Wales’s oldest established golf club. It was founded in 1888.
- West Monmouthshire Golf Club has the highest golf course in Great Britain as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. The 14th tee is the highest point at more than 1,500 ft (460m) above sea level.
- Nefyn and District Golf Club has been compared with playing on the deck of an aircraft carrier – you can see the sea from every tee on the course.
- Pennard Golf Club is known as ‘the links in the sky’ as the course stands two hundred feet above the seashore.
- Course plans for the Twenty Ten Ryder Cup Course at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, changed a dozen times as new archaeological finds were uncovered. They included Roman pottery kilns, villa foundations and graves.
- A drive on the 17th hole by a club member at Southerndown Golf Club hit a sheep - and lodged itself in the animal’s bottom. Startled, the sheep ran up the fairway and deposited the ball 30 yards nearer the hole. Or so we’ve heard…
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