WELCOME TO GOLF WORLD’S TOP 50 GOLF COURSES WALES: AN ESTABLISHED AND COMPREHENSIVE RANKING OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN WALES.
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This underrated destination once again demonstrates incredible strength in depth as the ranking gets increasingly competitive.
When it comes to naming the very best golf courses in Great Britain and Ireland, some illustrious names instantly spring to mind – the likes of St Andrews, Gleneagles, Turnberry, Muirfield, Ballybunion, Portrush, Royal County Down, Royal Birkdale, Lytham and Sunningdale, to name but a few.
However, for some strange reason, the very best golf courses in Wales don’t roll off the tongue with quite the same level of ease and fluidity. Which is unfortunate because, if there’s anything that the research we have conducted during the past few months in compiling this new Top 50 has shown us, it’s that there is incredible depth and variety in Welsh golf. Many of the world’s most iconic golf course architects, including James Braid, Harry Colt, Tom Simpson and Herbert Fowler, have plied their trade across this beautiful country of mountains, valleys and vales.
As with the rankings of England and Scotland’s best golf courses, our new Top 50 Wales takes its lead from our most recent Golf World Top 100 Courses in Great Britain & Ireland ranking.
It is worth remembering that listings like this are highly subjective. Their true purpose is to prompt discussion and to inspire golfers to get out and expand their horizons. But if you feel strongly about any of our decisions, please free to contact me at: email@example.com. I’d be delighted to hear from you. Enjoy the rankings.
While the start and finish are slightly modest, the holes in between are sensational
A strong links nestled between rolling hills, a railway and the beach
A little stark and desolate in places but you’ll love the crazy topography and the sublime turf
Lots of dramatic elevation changes, gorse, bracken and sublime turf give it a strong links feel in places
Rivals Old Head in Ireland as the most spectacular location in GB&I. Boasts 27 holes of great golf
The front nine is a pedestrian warm-up for an epic back-nine journey through incredible dunes
it is rare that a course gets the opportunity to utilise such beautiful land but the setting for Machynys is exceptional
A course for testing the quality of your shotmaking, not for sightseeing
Short, quirky and full of character, this Harold Hilton-designed links will keep you coming back for more
A minimalistic links that doesn’t quite match the highs of neighbouring Aberdovey
Starts with a solid stretch of fast-running heathland and parkland holes before transforming into a links
The opening links holes are tight and demanding while the inland holes more gentle
Llandrindod Wells is relatively short at only 5,800 yards but that never detracts from a thrilling experience
Starts with a strong par 5 and boasts a fine set of par 3s and very true greens
Characterised by elevated tees and greens, which provide visual excitement and challenge your club selection
A tranquil parkland with the occasional water hazard and plenty of the touches of quality
The seaside stretch around the turn is the most dramatic and memorable
Idyllic location on the Isle of Anglesey provides great Snowdonia and harbour views.
Provides delicious views and a good mix of entertaining holes over a compact piece of land.
As you’d expect, mature oaks, tumbling terrain and sprawling greens
Feels very ‘linksy’ alongside the railway holes around the turn
Many solid, if not spectacular holes, to keep you entertained
The most northerly course in mainland Wales is a bone-chilling 6,808 yards off the championship tees
A true test of golf that is similar in challenge and setting to Pennard and Southerndown
Its hillside location makes for some awkward lies but the views across the valley more than compensate
Not without its quirks – a blind par 4 is your introduction to a course that holds your attention throughout.
Stern topography makes it a tough challenge but could rise higher
A robust and demanding American-style parkland carved out of mature woodland
Newport is nestled among the birch, beech and oak trees of Llwyni Wood
Widely recognised as one of the most scenic courses in Wales
A gently undulating parkland overlooked by the Clwydian Range with some great strategic par 4s
A neat course at the base of a valley alongside the picturesque River Dee, which comes into play on a trio of holes
Plenty of card-wrecking holes that will test your cardio health
Some find the par 3 start awkward but there’s no questioning the quality of the views
This engaging parkland/heathland hybrid has a fine set of par 3s and equally fine views of Cardiff
This mature parkland continues its ascent in the ranking on the back of enhanced conditioning
Although flanked on all sides by housing estates, mature trees provide an intimate setting
It’s relatively flat, but the fairways are nicely crumpled and swathes of gorse add to the visual appeal
Features some blind holes, a broad selection of risk/reward par 4s and six short holes
Set in 120 acres of grassland with spectacular views of Snowdonia National Park and the Menai Straits
Caernarfon’s close proximity to the sea disguises the fact that it is, in actual fact, a parkland
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Northop is a fine example of a modern parkland
The front nine is characterised by downhill tree-lined holes, while the back nine boasts flatter, wider fairways.
Six par 3s, no par 5s for men and a par of 66 mean this pleasant parkland/woodland hybrid is no pushover
Don’t forget to visit our other Top 100 listings and explore the other rankings in our series:
Best Golf Courses in the UK & Ireland
Best Golf Courses in Europe
Best Golf Courses Scotland
Best Golf Courses England
Best Golf Courses Wales
Best Golf Courses Ireland
Best Golf Resorts UK & Ireland
Best Golf Resorts Europe