1. Did you know Wales has around 180 golf courses including 23 links courses
2. Wales has staged major golf events, including The Ryder Cup in 2010 at The Celtic Manor Resort. It was the first time a golf course (The Twenty Ten golf course) had been built specifically to stage The Ryder Cup. Europe beat the USA by a score of 14½ to 13½.
3. The design plans for the construction of The Twenty Ten Ryder Cup Course changed a dozen times as new archaeological finds were uncovered. They included Roman pottery kilns, villa foundations and graves.
4. Your clients can play in the footsteps of the European winning Ryder Cup team on The Twenty Ten Ryder Cup course at The Celtic Manor Resort.
5. The famous Royal Porthcawl Golf Club has held two Senior Open Championships (2014 and 2017) both times won by Bernhard Langer.
6. Measuring a whopping 7,433 yards the Wales National course at The Vale Resort near Cardiff is one of the longest outside of the USA. The Vale Resort also has world class sports training facilities and is the training base for the Wales national rugby and football teams.
7. Wales has over 641 castles, more per sqm than anywhere else in Europe. The mighty walls of the UNESCO listed Harlech Castle, stand watch over the greens and fairways of the Royal St David’s Golf Club.
8. Wales is closer than you think. If your clients are travelling from just over the border or the other side of the world, our great courses are easier to get to than ever. Easily accessible via UK airports London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool airport and directly in to Wales at Cardiff Airport.
9. With an unbroken 1400km around the entire shoreline, The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first continuous walking route around a countries coast. Many of our links courses are dotted along the route. At Cardigan Golf Club look out for dolphins and porpoises which are often seen playing among the waves just below the course.
10. Tenby Golf Club on the coast of West Wales is Wales’s oldest established golf club. It was founded in 1888.
11. West Monmouthshire Golf Club has the highest golf course in Great Britain as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. The 14th tee is the highest point at more than 1,500 ft (460m) above sea level.
12. Ian Woosnam (Woosie), the Welsh golf Major winner grew up playing the Llanymynech Golf Club in Mid Wales. The course has 15 holes in Wales and three in England and on the fourth hole, you tee off in Wales, putt in England and return to Wales three holes later!
13. Wales has the third oldest golf union in the world. It was established in 1895.
14. Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club was designed by Gary Nicklaus, son of the legendary American golfer Jack Nicklaus.
15. If your clients want a challenge, play Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech. Only twice do successive holes proceed in the same direction.
16. Pennard Golf Club is known as ‘the links in the sky’ as the course stands two hundred feet above the seashore.
17. The final eight holes of the Old Course at Nefyn Golf Club, are laid out on a narrow strip of land projecting into the Irish Sea, with sheer cliffs to each side.
18. Links courses don’t have to be besides the seaside. At the Llandrindod Wells Golf Club, traditional coastal features such as natural hazards and firm, quick draining turf, sit high on a hill. Keep your eyes peeled for the forked tails of Red Kites, Mid Wales’ iconic bird of prey.