The Grand Golf Tour of Wales
From Royal Links to the Ryder Cup, Welsh golfing holidays have never been more popular and the Grand Golf Tour of Wales is an opportunity to savour some of the very best golf experiences in the UK.
Combining stunning scenery, a warm welcome and a range of quality accommodation with a variety of courses to challenge and relish, Wales offers golf lovers a holiday to remember both on and off the fairways.
The Grand Golf Tour of Wales offers 8 golfers the chance to experience 7 top class championship courses on an 8 night tour around scenic Wales. A holiday to provide you with the full flavour not just of the golf but of Wales itself. From 5 star city centre luxury to the stunning scenery of rural Wales and the rugged beauty of its coastline. A chance to enjoy the bars, restaurants and entertainment of the nation’s capital, the quaint charm of its interior and the pure golfing indulgence at one’s of the UK’s leading golf and leisure resorts.
As for the golf itself, it’s rare you’ll find a range of courses so diverse, so challenging and yet so much fun to experience. A chance to pit your skills on windswept links as well as the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Tiger and Rory on the awe inspiring Twenty-Ten Ryder Cup course.
The Grand Golf Tour of Wales Itinerary
For parties of 8 golfers the tour will take in 7 different courses on your 8 night tour of Wales. You’ll visit some of the finest courses in the country, each one offering its own unique charm and presenting their own challenges.
Along the way you’ll stop over at a variety of different locations designed to show you the many varied delights on offer throughout the Principality, from the pace of a modern European city to the slow pace and hospitality of the rural regions.
Where You’ll Stay
Venue 1: Celtic Manor Resort, Newport – 5 Star
Start off at the home of the 2010 Ryder Cup and enjoy 1 night of 5 star luxury at the sumptuous Celtic Manor Resort. With its stunning outlook over the Usk valley, the resort has all the facilities you’d expect from a venue of its stature. Enjoy fine dining in the numerous restaurants across the hotel and golf club, or reenergise in the spa and sports club. Or just unwind in the elegant surroundings of the hotel and bar areas.
The resort has three championship courses: The Roman Roads, The Montgomerie and the Twenty-Ten Course, host course for the 2010 Ryder Cup between the best of Europe and the USA.
And it is the Twenty-ten which you’ll have the opportunity to sample for yourself for a memorable way to kick start your Welsh golfing extravaganza.
Venue 2: Hilton Hotel Cardiff City Centre – 5 Star
A night on the town awaits as you check into the refined quality of the 5 Star Hilton. Conveniently located in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation right on the doorstep to all the entertainment and facilities within one of Europe’s most modern, fast-growing cities. With restaurants, bars and shops mere metres from the hotel it’s a perfect spot, whatever your pleasure.
Venue 3: Caerwylan Hotel, Criccieth – 3 Star Superior
A chic modern hotel among a stunning ancient setting, The Caerwylan offers spectacular views over Tremadog Bay and out towards the ruins of Criccieth Castle. The quaint old town is mere minutes from the breath-taking scenery of Snowdonia National Park and a far cry from the bustle of Cardiff. With modern designed rooms replete with flat screen TV the hotel oozes comfort and an ideal retreat after a day on the course. The hotel has a bar for some post-game refreshment and a restaurant, including a full Welsh breakfast to line the stomach before your round.
Venue 4: Quay Hotel & Spa, Conwy – 4 Star
A stunning location on the magnificent Deganwy Marina, the Quay Hotel & Spa offers incredible views over the Conwy estuary. The hotel itself is a statement in refinement and modern luxury. Its contemporary design with a dash of Welsh traditional (see the use of local slate in its interior) delivers a cool, sophisticated vibe. With plenty of natural light from wall to wall windows, providing ample opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery, your accommodation is designed for comfort and class, from the sumptuous beds, luxurious bathroom and full modern facilities that are unsurpassed in the region.
Venue 5: Caer Beris Manor Hotel – 3 Star Superior
Escape into the serenity and scenery of the stunning mid-Wales countryside when your stay at the Caer Beris Manor Hotel. On the outskirts of the quaint town of Builth Wells the old Manor House is a chance to indulge in the beauty of 27 acres of lush rural Welsh land. From unspoilt forestry to crystal clear river waters and lush green meadowland, Caer Beris is a place to unwind and come down a few notches after all that golfing pleasure.
The hotel itself is a touch of country elegance, tastefully designed rooms complimented by cosy bars, comfy common rooms, quality dining and a full stocked bar to take that well-earned drink – paid for by the day’s winner, of course.
Where You’ll Play
Although still relatively young, the Twenty-Ten has already taken on iconic status in the UK golf scene. Designed specifically for the 2010 Ryder Cup the venue played host to one of the most dramatic contests in the tournament’s history. This is a chance to stroll the fairways and putt on the greens upon which Tiger has prowled and Rory has roared.
At 7,493 yards of undulating fairways, hair-raising water hazards and carpet like greens, this is a healthy challenge and memorable experience for all golfers. Offering breath-taking signature holes that will require both thought and accuracy as well as approaches to test your nerve, this is modern golf at its very best.
And with the beauty of the Usk Valley as a backdrop, this is the perfect way to start your Welsh golfing holiday.
Home of the 2014 Senior British Open and 1995 Walker Cup, Royal Porthcawl is your classic links challenge. High above the choppy waters of the Bristol Channel on the ruggedly beautiful Porthcawl coastline (about 25 minutes west of Cardiff) the course is 7,000 yards of rolling gorse covered dunes and fearful pot bunkers – everything you want from a links challenge. A course to plot your way around with thought and care with a welcome to be had at old clubhouse at the end. This is a taste of traditional British golf and a real favourite for golf tourists the world over.
Royal St David’s Golf Club
Quite simply this is one of Wales’ great old courses. Regularly voted among the Top 50 courses in the UK and currently ranked 73rd best golf course outside the USA by Golf Digest, this is a course you must play when you come to the region.
Since its opening in 1894 the course has offered members and guests alike the chance to enjoy links golf in all its traditional glory. A true championship course this is a test and a genuine treat in equal measure. From its rolling fairways and fast greens to the tall grass that sways ominously, ready to gobble up wayward tee-shots.
And like the other courses on this tour, Royal St David’s puts you into the heart of stunning Welsh scenery. From the bay of Tremadog and the towering peaks of Snowdonia in the distance to the ancient walls of Harlech Castle casting a mediaeval eye over the course. A more picturesque and romantic setting for a stunning golf course, you’re unlikely to find anywhere.
Nefyn Golf Club
Another coastal course with its own stunning and unique flavour. Jutting out from the Llyn Peninsula, Nefyn looks out at its Celtic cousins across the Irish Sea, its narrow fairways atop cliff heads that offer golfers the sense that they are playing golf, literally on the edge. The course itself is typically well groomed, a traditional blend of natural hazards and well-manicured greens. Comprising 26 holes, of which you play a designated 18, the course has many quirky features, not least the precarious nature of its cliff holes, but it is never less than fun and challenging and a beautiful compliment to the other courses on your trip.
The overarching feature of the course however, is the location. Incredible natural light and breath-taking views towards Ireland and a remarkable, quaint strip of beach below you, where you can nip for a pint later on at the iconic pub the Ty Coch Inn.
Conwy Golf Club
Another sensational coastal golf experience, Conwy allows you to enjoy the sumptuous views over the Caernarvonshire coastline as you plot your way around this old North Wales course.
First opened in 1869 the course has undergone a number of changes through its history, not least because of the impacts of two World Wars. Today though it represents an ideal and picturesque links challenge for golf tourists of all abilities. At 6,900 yards, Conwy has a number of feature holes, such as the dune protected Par-3 third, making it an ever popular day on the itinerary of many a Welsh golf tourist.
Builth Wells Golf Club
Moving inland and away from the coastal views, Builth Wells offers golfers the chance to experience a parkland course among the stunning countryside of Mid Wales.
The 18 hole course is still relatively young (opened as a 9 hole course in 1923, becoming 18 in 1986) yet still manages to offer a well-kept and mature feel that is always a delight to play.
It might not have the might challenge feel of some of the links and other championship courses on the route but Builth Wells still offers plenty to challenge the golfing holiday-maker. Picturesque holes that are simply beautiful to play offer sneaky little shots that can deceive if you’re not paying attention.
Never less than a thoroughly enjoyable experience, the course itself delivers enough of a challenge to keep you engaged and is played out in simply delightful, and peaceful, surroundings, replete with chirruping wildlife. And then, afterwards, there is a fabulous old clubhouse, with its quaint nooks and a more than welcoming bar.
Cradoc Golf Club
Just a few miles up the road from Brecon, Cradoc is another parkland experience to add variety to the Grand Golf Tour of Wales. This is golf at its slow, unhurried best. A course of just over 6,000 yards set among some of the most spectacular settings in the country, with the Brecon Beacons National Park serving as the perfect natural backdrop.
Rewarding the straight hitters, the fairways are lined with mature trees that offer a delightfully rural feel to the course but can become the enemy of wayward shots.
Well-maintained, Cradoc acts as a perfect change of pace from other rounds on the trip, always offering a thoughtful challenge yet designed very much with enjoyment in mind. A chance to play with a relaxed air, offering views to admire whatever the weather and regardless of time of year.
The Grand Golf Tour of Wales has been created to offer golfers of all abilities the chance to experience the very best golf, hospitality and enjoyment that Wales has to offer. A genuine mix of golfing experiences from the old world charm and rugged challenges of ancient links golf to the chilled out vibe of the parklands courses to, of course, the modern challenge and 5 star facilities of the Twenty-Ten.
Add in a selection of luxurious accommodation across Wales. From the pace, vitality and modernity of Cardiff to the slow pace and stunning views of the North Wales coast each hotel and location has been carefully chosen to offer comfort and refinement to your holiday, with a chance to savour the hospitality, dining, culture and general sense of fun that Wales has in abundance.
If you’re interested in the Grand Golf Tour of Wales and would like to know more then why not give us a call today or call one of our consultants who’ll be delighted to help arrange everything from hotel reservations to your selected tee times. You can get in touch through our online contact form or give us a call directly. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.