2 Southgate Rd, Southgate,
Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 2BT
18 holes. Seaside links. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Coastal duneland and rural countryside.
Original 1896 design significantly modified by James Braid (1908). Later modifications by C.K. "Ken" Cotton (1964) and Donald Steel (1991).
9 miles SW of Swansea
Take A4067 coast road south-west from Swansea, direction Gower. After approx 3 miles turn right onto Mayals Rd (B4436) direction South Gower and Bishopston. After approx 5 miles, following signs to Bishopston, then Pennard, then Southgate, golf is on your right just before Southgate.
Pennard Golf Club is home to a wonderfully open and inspiring links golf course. Set well above the sea, the layout is a bit hilly, but not too difficult to walk. Full of tight humps, bumps and hollows, only the greens provide some flattish relief, several of them nestling down in slightly more sheltered folds in the terrain. Wind-protecting vegetation is very limited, just a few lonely gorse bushes scattered around.
Not uniquely in the UK, you may occasionally come across some of the local livestock (horses and/or cattle), who have grazing rights on this land; their presence simply adding to the timeless authenticity and natural beauty of this marvellous course. A few marker posts are needed to help guide your way - although at the blind-drive par-5 17th, you'll also benefit from a good helping of local knowledge as this very "technical" hole snakes its way to the elevated green.
Throw in a 12th century ruined castle, stunning coastal views onto Oxwich Bay and the Gower Peninsula, and a generally rugged, beautiful and dramatic environment, and you've all the ingredients for a highly enjoyable and memorable round of golf.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and Sundays; not Saturdays.
Must book in advance. Proof of handicap may be requested.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked).
The fairway of the short par-4 7th hole runs alongside an impressive ruin, a Norman castle dating back to the 12th century. The wall between the 7th and 8th holes, is part of a church that ceased to function in the 16th century and is now an integral part of the course.
2019 Golf World rating: 95th best course in Britain & Ireland; 5th best in Wales.
Maritime Quarter, Swansea, Wales SA1 3SS
+44 (0)1792 642 020Visit website
This modern 4-star hotel is located next to the Maritime Quarter (marina) and boasts wonderful views over the Marina and Swansea Bay. It is a short stroll to the city centre, with its lively market and many attractions.
Norton Road, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 5TQ
+44 (0)1792 404 891Visit website
This elegant listed Georgian Manor House is set in peaceful well kept grounds, just a few hundred yards from the seashore of Swansea Bay and the village of Mumbles.
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