Haverfordwest Course Review

One of the joys of golf is playing charming courses that offer a good game without beating you up too much; this is exactly what you will find at Haverfordwest…

Haverfordwest is the friendliest of clubs with an attractive parkland course

One of the joys of golf is playing charming courses that offer a good game without beating you up too much; this is exactly what you will find at Haverfordwest…

Haverfordwest Course Review

Dating back to 1902, the club at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire moved to its current site on the A40 in the 1930s and was extended to a full 18 holes in 1983. It runs over a quite compact site meaning that it is a little criss-crossy in places, and although it will never be a Top 100 course, it’s a lovely place to play and has plenty of challenges along the way.

The course opens with five straight par 4s of varying length with the best of these being the 411-yard 4th where you drive over a pond before playing to a green on the horizon.

The long par-4 fourth is SI2 and play directly into a westerly breeze

The next is played up over the brow of a hill and then down to a green protected at the front on either side by trees.

A solar energy farm covers the field behind the par-4 fifth

The 6th is the first of just three attractive short holes, and there is then a tricky dogleg up the hill and round to the left. This leads you up to what is probably the signature hole, the very photogenic par-3 8th which is lovely even before the leaves are back on the trees.

The extremely pretty short eighth

The only par 5 closes the front nine, a straightway hole to the far point of the course, and the 10th is a strong right to left dogleg. The twelfth is unusual in that it is crossed by the three other holes which means you run the gauntlet on what is otherwise an excellent and demanding par 4.

Sanctuary on the green at the end of the twelfth hole

Hole 13 is SI1, 449 yards working its way from right to left, but there is then some relief on the final short hole which calls for an elevated approach across water.

A pond protects the final short hole at fourteen

There is an excellent sting in the tail at Haverfordwest with the 17th angling downhill to a small target in a corner.

The downhill seventeenth is just a fairway wood and a pitch

What goes down must come up, and the closing hole is surprisingly tough with an awkward ditch to cross before a shot up to the sloping green beside the spacious clubhouse.

The closing hole - make sure you play to the correct flag (hiding here in front of the centre tree)

I very much enjoyed visiting Haverfordwest in order to prepare a Golfer’s Guide to the region, and I would happily recommend it as a club that offers a warm welcome and great value.

There are several other very enjoyable courses in the area as well as plenty of great scenery and I look forward to returning before too long.

Rob Smith
Contributing Editor

Rob Smith has been playing golf for over 45 years and been a contributing editor for Golf Monthly since 2012. He specialises in course reviews and travel, and has played more than 1,200 courses in almost 50 countries. In 2021, he played all 21 courses in East Lothian in 13 days. Last year, his tally was 81, 32 of them for the first time. One of Rob's primary roles is helping to prepare the Top 100 and Next 100 Courses of the UK&I, of which he has played all but seven and a half... i.e. not the new 9 at Carne! Of those missing, some are already booked for 2024. He has been a member of Tandridge in Surrey for 30 years where his handicap hovers around 16. You can contact him at r.smith896@btinternet.com.