Golf in Wales - South Wales
IT IS a scary thought that in just over four years the eyes of the sporting world will be firmly fixed on the South of Wales when the quite sensational Celtic Manor Resort will stage the Ryder Cup, now regarded as the third biggest sporting contest on the planet behind the Olympics and the World Cup. In terms of a golfing region generating global exposure, it simply does not get any greater or more valuable than when the Ryder Cup comes to town.
South Wales has been promoting its golf courses around the world ever since the announcement was made that the fiercely-competitve biennial event was heading for Newport – and little wonder.
There are, in fact, over 80 golf courses in the south of the principality, many of which are regarded as the finest in the British Isles. The likes of Royal Porthcawl, Southerndown and Pyle & Kenfig are tried and trusted veritable feasts of golf – but, as always, we are hear to tell you that there is so much more on offer than the more famous names.
Set in 150 acres of rolling countryside on the fringe of the Gower Peninsula, Gower golf course is a wonderful example of the genius of Donald Steel, the golf architect who was given the responsibility by the R&A to tweak this year’s Open Championship venue, Hoylake. Gower is delightful in every respect - and, even better, it’s just a quick stop off the M4.
Equally, Greenmeadow golf course, in Cwmbran, Gwent, is a beautifully scenic parkland venue that’s characterised by narrow tree-lined fairways and a number of water hazards. The greens are of particular note – built to top specifications – and are considered amongst the best in the South Wales region. Sitting on the tip of Cefn-pennar mountain, the aptly-named Mountain Ash golf course exhibits some of the finest picturesque scenery in Wales and, as such, is a cracking venue for a golfing break.
The course, which involves careful consideration due to its mountain elements, looks north as far as the Brecon Beacons and over to the Cynon Valley. It is a superb setting, and we can vouch that the golf course is more than worthy of its location.
Another idyllic setting for a round in this corner of Wales is Pontypridd, situated above the town of the same name with views over the Taff Valley below. The course sits some 400 feet above sea level and is widely acknowledged as one of the most picturesque in the country. It is also a rather memorable test of your abilities, in the finest of Welsh traditions.
Take it from us, it’s all happening in the South of Wales and the sooner you get a taste of it the better.
Local golfing trivia
The world’s third-largest sporting event, the Ryder Cup, will be held at The Celtic Manor Resort, in Newport, in September 2010.
Royal Porthcawl is where Tiger Woods made his one and only appearance in the Walker Cup, in 1995. He played four, won two and lost two.
The Rolls of Monmouth GC is a stunning woodland golf course where Australian legend Greg Norman was the touring professional in the early 1980s.
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