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Aberdyfi Golf Club - 25 minutes drive away
It says much for Aberdovey that among the legions captivated by this classic links course are two golfing greats from different times and backgrounds. Bernard Darwin, of Cambridge and The Times, was a top amateur - he played in the first Walker Cup match in 1922 - and the first literary giant of the game. Ian Woosnam, from a Welsh border farm, fought his way up through the professional ranks to become Wales first major championship winner.
They both fell in love with Aberdovey. Darwin was there when the club was founded in 1892 but remembers golf being played on that precious strip of turf between the sea shore and hills in the early 1880s when they cut nine flowerpots into the soil as holes. Woosnam has also found it to be a spiritual home and has sought respite there room the demands of the world circuit.
The course is just outside the pretty resort at the mouth of the Dovey and wends a traditional route out and back, with sand dunes as sentinels and the wind as friend and foe. It is a place worth a long pilgrimage for any golfer .
Borth & Ynyslas- 25 minutes drive away
Golf as it should be played. Arguably the oldest in Wales, this traditional championship links course offers a great test of golf for all standards of player. Add to this superb clubhouse with bar and restaurant, a well stocked Pro's shop and practice facilities, Borth and Ynyslas provides a great venue for serious competitors and holiday golfers alike.
Running alonside Cardigan Bay and bordered by nature reserves, the Dovey Estuary and Snowdonia beyond, the superb setting may distract your mind from the odd errant shot, but the easy walking will enable the least agile of us to enjoy a round or two, and the opportunity to master this grand old lady of Welsh golf. One thing is for certain, a warm welcome will await all those who visit, and a desire to return to recover that dropped shot.
Machynlleth Golf Club - 10 minutes drive away
This much loved nine hole heathland golf course is situated on the outskirts of Machynlleth, an historic market town in Powys, Mid Wales. Surrounded by attractive mountain scenery, there are splendid views from every part of the course.
Golf at Machynlleth means golf in idyllic surroundings, with easy walking and an uncrowded course. In spring and early summer, the course is at its best with colour from the gorse and rhododendrons and the occasional red kite circling overhead.
The course is challenging, is a lot of fun to play and provides a good test of golf for players of all levels.
Royal St Davids - Harlech - 50 minutes drive away
A former president of Royal St David's put it perfectly: Harlech is a magical place. So it is. Deep in Merlin country, the course is in the shadow of the towering castle built by Edward I in the 13th century to keep the Welsh in check.
It is a matter of historic irony that those majestic ramparts now form the backcloth of a golf course that subjugates Englishmen or, indeed, any visitor. Royal St David's like Royal Porthcawl, would be counted in any list of the worlds best courses. When the castle was built, the sea lapped the rocks beneath it but over the centuries retreated to leave the expanse of natural linksland that was never meant to be anything but a great golf course.
Only twice do successive holes proceed in the same direction so the wind invariably spreads trouble among the dunes and although it is not long, it has been described by professionals as the worlds toughest par 69. Host to a throng of championships in its time and favored by all manner of men - in 1934, King George V was Patron and the Prince of Wales was Captain - Royal St Davids has rewarded many a long journey with a unique experience