Six courses in Wales are featured as part of a list of 100 Hidden Gems in the December issue of Golf Monthly.
Aberystwyth, Bull Bay, Cardigan, Cradoc, Neath and North Wales at Llandudno all make an appearance on the list, which draws attention to friendly, welcoming clubs that offer something a little different to visiting golfers.
Cardigan is described as ‘the sort of course you long to find on holiday, with views over the bay and a tangible sense of golfing freedom.’ North Wales receives plaudits for its ‘magnificent stretch of holes from 14 to the clubhouse, with the innocuous-looking 16th and 17th – a criss-cross pair of par 3s intriguingly christened ‘OL’ and ‘LO’ – more than capable of scuppering your plans if your short iron radar plays up late on.’
According to Golf Monthly, the purpose of the list is to function as a companion to its biennial round up of the Top 200 courses. It homes in on ‘the kind of clubs unlikely ever to achieve such lofty status, but where golfers will have a great day out and will want to return again and again.’
Sounds like their version of ‘golf as it should be’ to us.