High St, Borth,
nr Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire (Ceredigion) SY24 5JS
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Harry Colt made some changes in the late 1940s, following the return of land requisitioned during the war.
7 miles N of Aberystwyth
FROM ABERYSTWYTH : follow the A487 direction Machynlleth. After 4.3 miles turn left onto the B4353 direction Dolybont / Borth. After 2 miles, in Borth, follow road round to the right. After 1.1 miles (passing through Borth) golf is on your right. FROM MACHYNLLETH : follow the A487 direction Aberystwyth. After 9.8 miles, just inside Tre'r-ddol, turn right onto the B4353 direction Ynyslas. Follow road for 3.4 miles and turn left into golf, just before entering Borth.
Borth & Ynyslas Golf Club: Laid out in classic out-and-back fashion, you start your round at the northern end of the village of Borth. The early holes may seem rather flat (as are the closing holes) but accuracy rather than topography will initially be uppermost in your mind. The road to Ynyslas literally runs alongside most of the opening holes and Borth beach lies on the other side.
At the tight par-4 2nd your tee shot is played with the road on your right and the beach on your left, and there's little room for error. The par-4 17th demands a similarly exacting tee-shot, this time with a reed-lined water hazard on one side and the road on the other.
As you progress towards the village of Ynyslas, the flat terrain gives way to a more interesting area of sand dunes (more typical of great seaside links courses) and its here in the middle section of the course that some of the best holes are to be found.
The playing surfaces may not be as manicured as on the best parkland courses in Wales, but the experience here comes closer to golf as it used to be - and for Wales' oldest 18-hole layout, that's no bad thing. There's no doubting the seaside credentials of this enjoyable links course, with the sea and Borth Beach constant companions throughout.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Borth was the first 18-hole golf COURSE established in Wales, in 1885 (although Tenby lays claim to being the oldest golf CLUB in Wales, established in 1888). The current clubhouse at Borth dates from 1992.
Wales: 14th best course in Wales (Golf World, 2019).
Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2BA
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Excellent quality 3-star hotel located on the sea front in Aberystwyth and providing wonderful views onto Cardigan Bay.
Borth & Ynyslas
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Sharing its Dyfi (Dovey) estuary location with one of Britain's finest bird reserves, the hotel also enjoys a reputation for excellent cuisine (Egon Ronay 2-stars). A hidden retreat used by Queen Victoria, and more recently owned by William Mappin of Mappin & Webb Jewellers.
Borth & Ynyslas
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