10 of the best links staycation destinations in Wales


With everything going on in the world at the moment on top of the standard pressure of travelling abroad, thousands are opting to stay in the UK for their holiday this year and you there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a golf break in Blighty.

Be it a long weekend, a week or 10 days in the sunshine, Britain has thousands of fabulous courses to enjoy a staycation and here’s a look at some of the best destinations in Wales.

1 Royal Porthcawl - A top links and arguably the best – and most demanding - course in Wales, the legendary Porthcawl has successfully hosted many leading amateur and pro events including last year’s British Senior Open. It’s always in tip-top condition and guarantees a memorable golfing experience.

2 Royal St David’s - Overlooked by the intimidating castle up on the hill in the village of Harlech, Royal St David’s is Wales’ second best course.This celebrated links is laid out on fairly flat land but is always interesting, always classy.

3 Aberdovey - This true, wonderfully raw natural links thoroughbred is flanked by breathtaking Snowdonia National Park scenery on one side and dunesland on the other. It is loved to bits by everybody who plays it with former Masters champion and winning Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam one of its biggest admirers.

4 Conwy - Laid out at the mouth of the estuary of the River Conwy, a good score can be ruined over the ultra-demanding stretch - the challenging closing three holes feature gorse bushes and deep pot bunkers aplenty and anything slightly wayward will find them.

5 Ashburnham - True, some of you may have heard of it, but many will not. And of those who know Ashburnham is good, we are willing to bet that unless they have visited this south Wales links, they don't know just how good it is. Take out the modest start and finish and you've got a course as good as Porthcawl...

6 Pyle & Kenfig - Magical links with one of the strongest back nines in the UK. The front nine is pretty good but the round really picks up from the 11th amidst towering dunes onwards.

7 Pennard - No.2 in our ‘Top UK Courses for under £60’ listing last year. The club calls its course 'the links in the sky' -  a fine description of a layout perilously and magnificently perched on clifftops. Some truly stunning holes.

8 Tenby - Created by James Braid with a considerable helping hand from Mother Nature, Tenby is a stunning links with several unique holes, fast and undulating greens and superb views across to Caldey island.

9 Nefyn & District - Altogether there are 26 holes at Nefyn but it’s the back eight (holes 11-18) on the Old Course which take centre stage.They’re dramatically, spectacularly perched on a fairly narrow strip of land on a peninsula towering high above the coastline so if the wind is blowing you could be in for a torrid time.

10 Porthmadog - It may have a parkland stretch and be overshadowed by nearby Royal St David’s and Aberdovey but overall Porthmadog is a classy links act too, being impressively bunkered and offering top views and a brilliant back nine.