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How Much Does it Cost to Play The Best Golf Courses in Wales

By: | Wed 24 Apr 2024

International visitors flock to Scotland and Ireland to play golf each year, with an increasing number now stopping by the many incredible golfing regions of England. This demand can make things crowded and often expensive, but Wales offers an alternative that should be appealing for golfers from these islands and beyond.

There are around 180 courses located in the country, including a significant collection of spectacular links layouts that could easily find themselves ranked alongside the best that you see elsewhere.

But where should you consider playing and how much would it cost you?

We have brought together a group of the highest-rated courses in Wales and added their standard summer green fee, which demonstrates that there is greater value for money to be found here. 

If you look even further, many of these destinations also offer twilight deals, meaning that you can play them for even less.

Should a golf trip to Wales be on your list for this season - and we would recommend it - here is the place to start!

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl

Location: Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Green Fee: £220

Review Comment: "The location and condition of this course are outstanding. The sea views are superb, the fairways and bunkers are awesome. It's a true links course and very welcoming."

Royal St David's Golf Club

Location: Harlech, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.87

Green Fee: £120

Review Comment: "Wow! We were travelling to the North Wales area for a birthday and decided to book into Royal St David's. I had visited the area many times before and always wanted to play the course. It is long and tricky but very rewarding. In wind and heavy rain, I found it challenging but very rewarding. The course is in excellent condition and well worth the green fees paid."

Pennard Golf Club

Location: Swansea, West Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.85

Green Fee: £110

Review Comment: "If you want a challenge yet at the same time some of the finest views you’re likely to find on a course then Pennard is the one for you. Great mix of holes, fantastic greens, very natural layout and some heavenly views! I for one will be back here."

Aberdovey Golf Club

Aberdovey Golf Club

Location: Aberdovey, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Green Fee: £100

Review Comment: "A very welcoming and friendly golf club. A wonderful golf course out of the top drawer. Accommodation, food and service all simply wonderful."

Conwy Golf Club

Conwy Golf Club

Location: Conwy, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.56

Green Fee: £110

Review Comment: "Beautiful place. Stunning golf course in excellent condition and has a special feel you don't get everywhere. Be back to play again soon."

Ashburnham Golf Club

Ashburnham Golf Club

Location: Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.19

Green Fee: £75

Review Comment: "A good challenging course and really enjoyed the scenery. The greens were well maintained and fast."

Tenby Golf Club

Tenby Golf Club

Location: Tenby, Carmarthenshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.01

Green Fee: £80

Review Comment: "Played Tenby yesterday and it was in fantastic condition - the tees, greens and fairways despite the recent wet weather. The course layout is great and a variety of holes and magnificent views out over the sea and beach."

Southerndown Golf Club

Location: Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.10

Green Fee: £80

Review Comment: "This was a beautiful course in excellent condition overlooking the Bristol Channel. Fairways and greens were in top condition, and we will definitely visit again."

The Celtic Manor Resort (Twenty Ten)

Location: Newport, Gwent

Golfshake Rating: 3.95

Green Fee: £114

Review Comment: "Fantastic course and we were looked after incredibly well by the golf team. Everyone who we came into contact with couldn't have been more helpful to make our stay so enjoyable. Testing golf course with some great views and testing greens. A super day out and would definitely recommend!"

Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

Location: Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.36

Green Fee: £100

Review Comment: "Perfect conditions made this ideal to play in while taking in the fantastic views around. Lots of breaks on the greens making them hard to read but weren’t as fast as expected. Highly recommend if you have the chance to play but cannot imagine how much harder it would be if the conditions aren’t benign."

Machynys Peninsula Golf Club

Location: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.38

Green Fee: £75

Review Comment: "One of the best! Absolutely stunning course! It was in great condition, fairways and greens were brilliant. A great challenge for all level of golfer. Clubhouse and facilities were also excellent. Definitely recommend this course."

North Wales Golf Club

Location: Llandudno, Clwyd

Golfshake Rating: 4.24

Green Fee: £60

Review Comment: "I enjoyed the challenge of links conditions at North Wales Golf Club, including a steady wind off the Irish Sea. The back nine is definitely my favorite with holes 10, 11 and 12 situated along the coast requiring you to aim over the water and let the wind bring the ball back into play."

Bull Bay Golf Club

Location: Amlwch, Anglesey

Golfshake Rating: 4.17

Green Fee: £55

Review Comment: "By far the best course on the island. Greens very good, fairways well-maintained and there is evidence of further improvements being made. Not a long course until you visit in the wind! Reaching the first two holes in regulation is a challenge. Plenty of raised greens to test your wedge play. Hole 9 is great fun, featuring as it does a grassy ravine which you can opt to play from or over. The 18th drive has glorious drives of the rugged coast behind the clubhouse. If you come to North Wales do not miss this course from your trip."

Nefyn Golf Club (Old)

Nefyn Golf Club

Location: Pwllheli, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Green Fee: £65

Review Comment: "Superb, just my favourite golf course in Wales even if I played it with gale force winds! Course in fantastic condition, better than some of the local ones in summer!"

Llandrindod Wells Golf Club

Location: Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

Green Fee: £50

Review Comment: "Our society played here in November when many other courses were waterlogged. We were lucky with the weather which was bright with only a very light breeze. The views were stunning from this upland course and I have never played on greens as good as these were for the time of year. As ever the turf was a joy to play off."

The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club

Location: Monmouth, Gwent

Golfshake Rating: 4.59

Green Fee: £55

Review Comment: "Good course with a wide variety of challenging holes. Was in very good condition when we played and the staff and facilities on site are perfect."

Marriott St Pierre Country Club (Old)

Location: Chepstow, South Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.06

Green Fee: £50

Review Comment: "The layout is fantastic. It's a great test of golf, and it's in really good condition. The length and variety of the holes is really impressive, and it's reputation is well deserved. Its playable in all conditions, which is great."

Borth & Ynyslas Golf Club

Location: Borth, Ceredigion

Golfshake Rating: 4.32

Green Fee: £45

Review Comment: "A lovely course in good condition, with a good breeze to challenge any golfer. The pace of play was good and the friendly staff and members made it a joy to play here. The pro shop was very helpful."

Cardigan Golf Club

Cardigan Golf Club

Location: Cardigan, Ceredigion

Golfshake Rating: 4.22

Green Fee: £38

Review Comment: "I have a holiday membership here and absolutely love this course. It slopes, undulates and the wind affects your drives. It is a thinking course with the most spectacular views over the sea and mouth of the Teifi. Highly recommended."

Porthmadog Golf Club

Porthmadog Golf Club

Location: Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 3.64

Green Fee: £50

Review Comment: "A tale of two nines. Front nine is heathland with water coming into play on some holes. Fairways were scorched and very hard with hardly a blade of grass in sight leading to some interesting bounces. The back nine was proper links with severe undulation, very tight lies, blind shots, run offs and lots of bunkers. Without a course planner it was often difficult to know what a good line was going to be off the tee but there were some outstanding views and the greens were fast and true."

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