Best golf courses: Wales - South

Wales - South: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Taylor, J.H.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

J.H. Taylor

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Walker, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Original layout designed by Robert Walker.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Aberystwyth
Grant & Hawtree

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Aberystwyth

Designer

The original 9-hole course at this location was designed by J.E. Grant (late-1920s), and extended to an 18-hole layout by Fred Hawtree (1969).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Newport
Jones Jr & Montgomerie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

Front-nine orginally laid out by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1999) as part of the former Wentwood Hills course. These holes revamped and a new back-nine added by Colin Montgomerie (2006/07).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Newport
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Newport
Jones Jr & EGD

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

Holes 6 thru' 13 and the par-4 15th originally laid out by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1999), as part of the former Wentwood Hills course. In 2006/7, to create the 2010 Ryder Cup layout, nine new holes were designed by Ross McMurray of European Golf Design.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

English course architect Harry Colt

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Sandow, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Robert "Bob" Sandow
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Cotton, Ken

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

C.K. (Ken) Cotton

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

James Braid

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Aberystwyth
Vardon, Harry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Aberystwyth

Designer

Original design by Harry Vardon; later revised by James Braid.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Nicklaus Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

Nicklaus Design (project led by Gary Nicklaus)

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

James Braid

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Newport
Fernie, Willie

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

Layout at the club's original Ladyhill location designed by Harry Vardon (1903). Design of current course at the Rogerstone location by Willie Fernie (1912).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Swansea
Braid, James

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

Original 1896 design significantly modified by James Braid (1908). Later modifications by C.K. "Ken" Cotton (1964) and Donald Steel (1991).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Weekdays only
Cardiff
Unknown

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Colt & Ross

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

Much of the original layout was designed by Harry Colt (1922). Significant modifications, and the addition of holes 11 through 15, by Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (1947).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Cardiff
Colt, Harry

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

English course architect Harry Colt

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Newport
Urbis Planning

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

Urbis Planning

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Hunter, Ramsay

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

Original 18-hole layout designed by Ramsay Hunter (1898). Later modifications by various designers, including Harry Colt (1913) and Tom Simpson (1933).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Fernie, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Original layout by Willie Fernie (1905). Later modifications by Herbert Fowler (1908), Willie Park Jr (1913) and Harry Colt (1920).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends - rsrt guests only
Newport
Cotton, Ken

Visitors?

Wkends - rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Newport

Designer

C.K. (Ken) Cotton

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Swansea
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Swansea

Designer

James Braid

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Johnson, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Peter Johnson

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cardiff
Johnson, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

Peter Johnson

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Not Saturdays
Cardiff
Johns & Marjoram

Visitors?

Not Saturdays

Nearest city

Cardiff

Designer

First nine holes (1915) and full 18-hole course (1923) were designed by Fred Johns (the club's first professional) and H.J. Marjoram (golf professional from Radyr GC).

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