WALES is home to more than 200 golf courses. The first appeared in the late 19th Century, mainly links courses, most notably at Aberdyfi, Borth and Ynyslas, Conwy, Penarth, Porthcawl, St David’s and Tenby.
Cardiff’s first club was at Radyr (1902), while other courses in Wales to appear that decade include those at Old Colwyn, Brecon and Porthmadog.
Courses continued to appear in Wales throughout the early 20th Century, including 14 designed by James Braid.
In 1908, St David’s Golf Club was granted Royal patronage by King Edward VII, becoming the first Welsh club to be granted the honour. Porthcawl became the second and last club in Wales to receive the title the following year.
Click on the links below for a region-by-region guide to Wales’s leading golf clubs and courses…