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back to the future wales has golf in its dna we’ve been playing the game here for a long time and we aren’t going to be stopping any time soon clockwise from top •t  he hilltop greens of llanymynech •t  enby golf club founded in1888 •c  eltic manor resort enthralled a worldwide audience during the 2010 ryder cup •c  onwy’s coastal course home to the 2012 wales senior open •t  he imposing and challenging dunes at borth ynyslas xx

the bıg man sings opera star bryn terfel spills the beans on his ‘guilty pleasure’ to wales golf editor huw thomas when did you first become interested in golf what were your early experiences of playing when i first went to the guildhall school of music and drama a man there named adrian taylor was a golfer and we stole a couple of weekends away we began first of all going to the driving range because they wouldn’t allow you on to the course unless you had a handicap certificate that’s how my guilty pleasure within the golfing fraternity started once i started in the profession i discovered that at any given opera house there was bound to be someone who played golf i found out very quickly who they were and the game became an important release for me it really was nothing more than letting my hair down and allowing those notes and words to escape for three or four hours are there any parallels between how you approach golf and your

caernarfon castle birds and birdies gaols and holes a few golfing celebs llandrindod wells llanymynech welshpool more star quality cradoc brecon builth wells summerhill hayon-wye and for families golfers might find them a bit of a distraction but kids love to see red kites the rare bird of prey gigrin farm near rhayader is a feeding centre the birds turn up bang on time at 3pm in the summer so don’t be late for a bird’s-eye view of the hills take to the saddle – easily done for there’s a particularly good choice of riding centres in wales’s rural heartlands the narrow-gauge welshpool and llanfair light railway is another scenic rural ride and don’t miss country fairs and agricultural shows where farming mixes with family fun a few golfing celebs prestatyn vale of llangollen wrexham more star quality abergele mold northop country park near flint and for families kids love shiverdown-the-spine ruthin gaol now a heritage centre

19 19 16 ian williams @realianwilliams at last a birdie attempt missed naturally glad i spent all that time on the putting green earlier… ben gethin thompson @bengethin …just remember to test the depth before diving in @realianwilliams nice bump 17 20 ben gethin thompson @bengethin ‘suffice to say i won’t be submitting today’s card for a handicap.’ never mind @realianwilliams there’s always tomorrow andrew bailey @birdscanbebig now to sample tenby’s nightlife and fine dining #thebaytree restaurant looks like it does a lovely surf turf… 13 andrew bailey @birdscanbebig quote @realianwilliams ‘i haven’t hit a straight one all day!’ try the @clevelandgolfhalo hybrid club it’s working for @bengethin shot 14 ben gethin thompson @bengethin loving this course think @birdscanbebig is as well – look at that swing andrew bailey @birdscanbebig all safely round the quarry no need to get the abseiling

south wales cardiff bay south wales in three words cosmopolitan friendly surprising what’s the score par-71 par-70 par-69 three pars to aim for when you play the celtic manor resort’s trio of parkland courses the twenty ten we guess you know what this one is famous for roman road and montgomerie two neighbouring venues also offer rolls royce golf – quite literally in the case of the rolls at monmouth home of motoring pioneer charles stuart rolls and marriott st pierre chepstow which like celtic manor is no stranger to major competitions further afield monmouthshire golf club at abergavenny is a mature parkland course that ‘can be as tough as it is beautiful’ it’s difficult to single out any of the 17 clubs in the cardiff area – you’ll just have to stay and play them all further north the south wales valleys are full of splendid venues many in spectacular hilltop locations moorland morlais castle at merthyr tydfil

south wales clubs and courses maesteg golf club founded 1912 25 mount pleasant neath road maesteg cf34 9pr t sec +44 01656 812003 e w holes 18 lengths 5,889 course type mountain pars 70 holes 18 founded 1962 26 st pierre park chepstow monmouthshire np16 6ya t sec arnie pidgeon +44 01291 635205 t pro craig dun +44 01291 635205 e w lengths 7,028/5,730 pars 72/68 weekend fee £-£££ course type parkland sss 74/68 founded 1909 holes 18 lengths 5,631 pars 69 27 holes 18 lengths 5,582 founded 1896 pars 69 28 lengths 5,978 course type parkland founded 1892 pars 70 29 sss 70 weekend fee ££ lengths 6,550 course type moorland founded 1900 pars 71 30 founded 1908 lengths 5,553 course type mountain pars 69 31 lengths 6,500 founded 1903 pars 72 32 oakdale golf course lengths 1,516 course type parkland founded 1990 parc bryn bach golf course weekday fee £ pars 71

clubs and courses west wales morriston golf club founded 1910 85 160 clasemont road morristion swansea sa6 6aj t sec robert howells +44 01792 796528 t pro matthew hollis +44 01792 772335 e w holes 18 lengths 5,708 course type parkland pars 68 sss 68 weekend fee ££ weekday fee £ neath golf club founded 1934 86 cwmbach road cadoxton neath sa10 8ah t sec damion gee +44 01639 632759 t pro richard bennett +44 01639 633693 e w holes 18 lengths 6,619 course type heathland pars 72 sss 73 weekend fee £-££ weekday fee £-££ newport links golf club resort founded 1925 87 golf course road newport pembrokeshire sa42 0nr t sec +44 01239 820244 e w holes 18 lengths 6,053 weekend fee ££ course type links weekday fee £ palleg swansea valley golf club founded 1930 88 palleg road lower cwmtwrch swansea sa9 2qq t sec pro

clubs and courses mid wales par-3/novice courses other pay and play courses capel bangor golf country club t +44 01970 880741 aberystwyth golf club t +44 01970 615104 map ref 99 cliff hotel gwbert t +44 01239 613241 cwmrhydneuadd golf club t +44 01239 654933 map ref 107 bala golf club t +44 01678 520359 map ref 100 page 58 fairbourne golf club t +44 01341 250979 machynlleth golf club short course t +44 01654 702000 map ref 113 page 59 maesmawr golf club t +44 01686 688303 map ref 114 the old rectory country hotel t +44 01873 810373 map ref 115 brecon golf club t +44 01874 622004 map ref 102 cradoc golf club t +44 01874 623658 map ref 106 page 59 dolgellau golf club t +44 01341 422603 map ref 108 page 59 lakeside golf course t +44 01686 640909 map

north wales clubs and courses silver birch golf club founded 1995 168 wrexham golf club founded 1906 174 minafon farm betws yn rhos abergele ll22 8bz t sec menna jones +44 01492 680690 e w holt road wrexham ll13 9sb t sec richard west +44 01978 364268 t pro paul williams +44 01978 351476 e w holes 9/9 holes 18 lengths 1,650/1,600 course type parkland pars 29/30 weekend fee £ weekday fee £ st deiniol golf club founded 1906 lengths 6,246 course type parkland pars 70 weekend fee ££ sss 70 weekday fee ££ 169 pen y bryn bangor gwynedd ll57 1px t sec bob thomas mbe +44 01248 353098 e w lengths 5,652 holes 18 course type parkland pars 68 weekend fee ££ sss 68 weekday fee £ st melyd golf club founded 1922 170 the paddock meliden road prestatyn denbighshire ll19 8nb t sec janette williams +44 01745 854405 e

when what where how frequently asked questions golf when is the best time of year to play golf in wales the milder climate found on the coast combined with soil that drains exceptionally well means that most of wales’s links courses stay open all year round generally however the main golfing season here starts at the beginning of april and runs to midoctober what clothing should i bring summers in wales are generally mild and fresh with average temperatures of around 20˚c 68˚f but the weather is unpredictable so an extra sweater and waterproofs are worth keeping to hand – particularly if you’re playing on the coast or on higher ground dress codes on welsh courses are fairly relaxed although jeans tee-shirts and trainers are not usually permitted a few courses don’t allow metal spikes if in doubt check with the course when you book do i need a handicap certificate not all of our clubs will ask for a handicap certificate or proof of club membership but