Machynys (Monk's Island)

Nicklaus Ave, Machynys,

Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 2DG

  • Office

    +44 (0)1554 744 888
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1554 744 888
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1554 744 680
  • Golf pro

    Alun Lynch (Head Professional)
  • Academy

    The Machynys Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland and rural countryside.

  • Designer:

    Nicklaus Design (project led by Gary Nicklaus)

SSS or slope






How to get there:

10 miles NW of Swansea

From M4 (heading west) take exit 47 onto the A483 direction Swansea (W). After 1.3 miles at roundabout turn right onto the A484 direction Llanelli. After 6.6 miles at Texaco / McDonalds roundabout turn left direction Machynys. After 1.3 miles at third roundabout golf entrance is on your left.

Machynys (Monk's Island course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2005

Machynys, Monk's Island course (originally known as Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club): This beautifully sculpted links golf course may have been created by Nicklaus Design in 2005, but once you've played your way round, you'll feel that it could just as easily have been around since 1905 or even earlier.

On this very open terrain on the edge of Carmarthen Bay, all the great links features are present, with perhaps more in the way of water hazards than on the average links (compensating for the lack of towering sand dunes). The front-nine is played on the landward side of the clubhouse (and takes you down towards Llanelli's tinplate rolling-mill), the back-nine is played on the seaward side, with wonderful views onto the bay and across to the Gower Peninsula.

Throughout, the square tee-boxes, large greens, great bunkering and gently rolling fairways all create a thoroughly authentic links feel, and just like any links course, the deep rough is better not messed with. Yet another excellent and relatively recent addition to golf in South Wales.

List of courses: Wales - South


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): Mon-Thur £65; Fri-Sun £85.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

In its first year of opening (2005) Machynys Peninsula (as it was then known) hosted the Ladies European Tour's Championship of Europe (see Tournaments section). Nearby Llanelli is home to one of Wales greatest rugby teams, the Llanelli Scarlets, who play at the famous Strady Park stadium. The team's vivid red strip, is clearly reflected on the scorecard and promotional literature of Machynys Monk's Island.

Published ranking

Wales' 13th best course (Golf World, 2023).


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    Felinfoel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3PJ

    +44 (0)1554 756 156

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    +44 (0)1554 758 171

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    • Golf at this hotel:


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