West Wales

Covering an area of around 2,200 square miles, the maritime county of Pembrokeshire, the adjacent county of Carmarthenshire to the east and Cardiganshire (or Ceredigion as it is now known) to the north are tucked away in the southwest corner of Wales and they combine to form the West Wales region in the country. This largely rural part of Wales relies heavily on agriculture for its economy – Carmarthenshire is often called “The Garden of Wales” – though tourism also plays a large part in sustaining the local population.

Two controlling bodies handle ladies golf in the Dyfed region of West Wales: Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire Ladies County Golf Association and the West Wales Ladies Golfing Association. Male golfing requirements are administered by the Dyfed Golf Union.

Two long established courses, Tenby and Ashburnham, stand out amongst the others in West Wales. One of nine founder member clubs of the Golf Union of Wales in 1895, Tenby engaged James Braid to lay out a course for its members in 1907 and this 18-hole links layout has been charming golfers for over a century since. It has hosted the Welsh Amateur Championships on eight occasions between 1922 and 2010. JH Taylor made alterations to Ashburnham in 1914 and further enhancements were carried out by Fred Hawtree and Ken Cotton, both respected architects in their day. The course has hosted the Welsh Amateur Championships eleven times and the Men’s Home Internationals twice, the first time during the club’s centenary year in 1994 then again in 2010.

Top 100 Golf Courses - West Wales

Ashburnham

1st West Wales - Best in Area

Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship.

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Description: Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship. Rating: 4.5454545454545 out of 6

Tenby

2nd West Wales - Best in Area

Tenby Golf Club is situated on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, affording superb views across to one of the UK’s most fascinating and holiest of islands.

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Description: Tenby Golf Club is situated on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, affording superb views across to one of the UK’s most fascinating and holiest of islands. Rating: 4.1428571428571 out of 6

Machynys Peninsula

3rd West Wales - Best in Area

With stunning views of Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower Peninsula, the Nicklaus-designed 7,100-yard links-style Machynys Peninsula is set to become a Welsh flagship course...

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Description: With stunning views of Carmarthenshire Bay and the Gower Peninsula, the Nicklaus-designed 7,100-yard links-style Machynys Peninsula is set to become a Welsh flagship course... Rating: 4.6129032258065 out of 6

Borth & Ynyslas

4th West Wales - Best in Area

Borth & Ynyslas is a rugged seaside links and the membership strongly claims to be the oldest golf club in Wales.

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Description: Borth & Ynyslas is a rugged seaside links and the membership strongly claims to be the oldest golf club in Wales. Rating: 3.6666666666667 out of 6

Cardigan

5th West Wales - Best in Area

The course sits high on a hill outside the town of Cardigan, overlooking the Teifi Estuary, with extensive views over Cardigan Bay and along the coast to Ceredigion in the north and Pembrokeshire to the south.

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Description: The course sits high on a hill outside the town of Cardigan, overlooking the Teifi Estuary, with extensive views over Cardigan Bay and along the coast to Ceredigion in the north and Pembrokeshire to the south. Rating: 4.7777777777778 out of 6

Carmarthen

6th West Wales - Best in Area

Carmarthen measures 6,243 yards for a par of 71 and its tree-lined fairways fan out over the rolling parkland...

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Description: Carmarthen measures 6,243 yards for a par of 71 and its tree-lined fairways fan out over the rolling parkland... Rating: 6 out of 6

Aberystwyth

7th West Wales - Best in Area

Aberystwyth Golf Club was formed in 1911 and the first committee made the wise decision to engage Harry Vardon to design the 18-hole layout.

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Description: Aberystwyth Golf Club was formed in 1911 and the first committee made the wise decision to engage Harry Vardon to design the 18-hole layout. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Garnant Park

8th West Wales - Best in Area

With the spectacular Black Mountains as the backcloth, Garnant Park Golf Club is routed in thrilling fashion across a former open cast mine. It may be a municipal track but it’s a veritable joy to play.

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Description: With the spectacular Black Mountains as the backcloth, Garnant Park Golf Club is routed in thrilling fashion across a former open cast mine. It may be a municipal track but it’s a veritable joy to play. Rating: 4.75 out of 6

Haverfordwest

9th West Wales - Best in Area

Measuring a smidge more than 6,000 yards from the tips, the parkland course at Haverfordwest Golf Club was founded way back in 1904 and it’s one of the friendliest clubs in Pembrokeshire.

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Penrhos

10th West Wales - Best in Area

Penrhos Golf Club is set idyllically in a country park where there are lovely coastal views from elevated parts of the course. Designed by David Williams in 1991, Penrhos is marketed as “one of those best kept secrets”.

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