Mid Wales golf courses: highlights gallery
We take a look at the highlights of golf in mid Wales, both inland and along the Cardigan Bay coastline
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Mid Wales golf courses offer excellent variety from the beautiful layouts of the rolling mid-Welsh hills to a host of great coastal golf along Cardigan Bay
This famous course, set on a slender strip of curving links land close to the Dyfi estuary, offers a true links test with tall dunes in places, the most natural-looking of bunkers and some excellent holes. The proximity of the railway adds to the challenge down the stretch. Ranked 65th in Golf Monthly’s Top 100. Along with Royal's St David's. Aberdovey forms the cream of Mid Wales golf courses.
Royal St David’s
This wonderful course laid out over linksland under the towering gaze of mighty Harlech Castle poses a test that gets better and better as the round goes on, with the back nine in particular playing over the most rumpled of links terrain. The blind par-3 14th and excellent par-4 15th stand out on a course ranked 44th in Golf Monthly’s Top 100.
Aberystwyth starts with a pair of fearsome uphill 430-yarders and ends with three holes up behind the clubhouse with wonderful views out over the town and the expansive Cardigan Bay coastline beyond. Elsewhere, there’s generally room to manoeuvre off the tee, though the sloping greens form an extra layer of defence.
Borth & Ynyslas
This old links is bisected by the coast road just north of Aberystwyth, with the best holes tucked away out of sight of the passing traffic mid-round where the taller dunes make their presence felt. Borth offers near-permanent sea views, and one or two particularly narrow stretches between sea and road.
The course is set high above the bay by the Teifi Estuary, with magnificent sea views that can sometimes stretch all the way up to the Llyn over 50 miles away at the northern end of the bay. The course offers elements of links, clifftop, heathland and parkland golf.
Llandrindod Wells, a Harry Vardon course dating back to 1905, is not long by modern standards at just under 5,800 yards, but is a fun place to play in a beautiful setting without every facet of your game being tested to the limit. It plays over beautiful upland turf looking down over the spa town.
Another mid-Welsh course of modest length, playing through verdant rolling countryside near the historic market town. The River Chewfri bisects the course, closely flanking a number of holes.
Set at the foot of the majestic Brecon Beacons, this relatively young course just outside Brecon offers a highly enjoyable parkland test and mountain views to die for.
Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and instruction. He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, a highly regarded trade publication for golf club secretaries and managers, and has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 91 of the Next 100, making him well-qualified when it comes to assessing and comparing our premier golf courses. He has now played well over 950 golf courses worldwide in 35 countries, right across the spectrum from the humblest of nine-holers in the Scottish Highlands to the very grandest of international golf resorts, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content.
Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf
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