Why Wales is the Perfect Destination for Golfers
Fore! Some of the best golf in the world can be found in Wales. (Courtesy Thinkstock)
Wales is a beautiful destination that draws in visitors from all over the globe. That’s due in large part to the fact that the country offers a widely diverse assortment of attractions, ranging from breathtaking natural scenery to an endless list of activities and metropolitan amenities.
For one group in particular, Wales has become a go-to location for an unrivaled experience. Golfers have discovered just how rewarding a tour of the courses in various parts of Wales can be. The region offers a wealth of great golfing destinations, to appeal to any type of golfer.
With 750 miles of naturally beautiful shoreline, Wales offers many coastal courses — each of which has unique features and a rich history.
Royal St. David’s in Harlech has earned a reputation as the world’s most challenging par-69, making it a must-visit choice for those who really want to flex their muscles, polish their skills, and score major bragging rights.
The Conwy golf club truly has it all. Combining an array of natural hazards with strategic course design, this locale offers the ideal combination of challenge and excitement. The rugged terrain will ensure that even the most confident players won’t feel bored.
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Then there is Ashburnham, whose origins date back to 1894. This is an old-school course for those who like their links the way they were intended to be enjoyed. This is golf in its most pure and traditional form, for those who don’t need fancy modern touches. And once you finish your game, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Cefn Sidan, a stretch of beach that spans more than 7 miles long. This popular hotspot offers idyllic scenery and fun entertainment, and is spread out enough to help you avoid crowds if you seek quiet.
There are so many courses scattered throughout the land that you can discover a few hidden treasures. One highlight is Abersoch, a well-kept secret nestled behind ancient sand dunes on the Llyˆn Peninsula in North Wales. Try your luck on the dune-accented grounds, while warm breezes power you along.
Wales has also played host to some of the most prestigious and respected competitions and events, including the 2014 Senior Open Championship. The country welcomed its first PGA tournament at Radyr in Cardiff in 1904, just a few years after the birth of modern professional golf.
Of course, before you even arrive at a course and break out your clubs, you will likely travel across a route that takes you through some of the magnificent splendor that has been infused into the area by Mother Nature. From the rolling countryside to the stunning ocean top horizon views (which ideally can be viewed at dawn or sunset), you will get to set your sights on countless picture-perfect scenes along the way.
For many legends, the area is in their blood. Many greats of the sport also call Wales home. Native golf stars include Ian Woosnam, Brian Huggett, Jamie Donaldson and Amy Boulden.
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