A wild and wind-swept links course is an unmissable challenge for any serious player and one of the truest tests in golf. With 750 miles of rugged coastline, Wales is a must-visit destination for golfers seeking an unforgettable links experience. From Open qualifying Conwy in the north to 2014 Senior Open Championship venue Royal Porthcawl in the south, our shoreline is studded with world-class courses that have to be seen to be believed.
Set at the mouth of the Dyfi estuary, the exhilaratingly untamed links of Aberdovey owe almost as much to nature as they do to their trio of designers James Braid, Harry Colt and Herbert Fowler. Holes and fairways blend almost imperceptibly with the rugged coastal terrain – an elemental landscape of rolling dunes and shaggy rough that lies in wait for wayward shots. A low-scoring round here requires plenty of skill, particularly when the wind gets up.
There’s also mighty Royal Porthcawl, the stellar host of the 2014 Senior Open Championship and ranked as one of the one of the UK’s greatest courses by publications like Golf World, Golf Monthly and Golf Digest. It also proved to be a hit with legendary player Tom Watson when he experienced it for the first time at the Senior Open Championship. ‘I really fell in love with it immediately,’ he said.‘ It's a great test of golf.’
A true coastal links course, North Wales (Llandudno) Golf Club’s windswept contours offer some serious challenges for any golfer. Tapering between the railway line and the waters of Conwy Bay, the tight tricky greens require pinpoint accuracy not easily achieved in the sometimes turbulent weather conditions. A back nine with a par of just 34 provides a series of short holes where precision rather than power is the order of the day.
That’s just a taste of what’s on offer. Visit our golf course search page to see our full range of luscious links.
Bang for your buck
Our links are out of this world, but they don’t cost the earth. You’ll find excellent value for money here, with championship-quality courses boasting very competitive green fees. Wales is also a comparatively small country, so you can sample our links courses without the need to travel too far. Finally, fast-draining coastal terrain means that our links stay in perfect condition regardless of the weather, making Wales a year-round golfing destination.
Coast with the most
In addition to spectacular links courses, our shoreline is home to the Wales Coast Path. Running for an uninterrupted 870, miles it’s the first national path of its kind and a truly inspiring way to see some of our country’s most breathtaking scenery. Offering everything from short strolls to hardcore hikes, the Wales Coast Path is the perfect complement to our stunning stable of links.
For more information on our coastal courses, check out the document below.