Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:05 AM
If you're a keen golfer, it's likely that the idea of spending a holiday teeing off on prestigious courses amid spectacular scenery is something that appeals to you. Fortunately, you need not jet off overseas to discover top-quality greens. In fact, you can find a huge variety of high-calibre resorts in Wales.
The nation is home to more than 200 golf clubs - something that's particularly impressive when you consider the size of the country! What's more, you can find some of the world's best links courses here, making this the ideal destination for those keen to test their skills.
Indeed, Wales boasts a fine golfing reputation - something that was boosted by the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Home to a wonderful selection of golfing greens, the north of the nation is an excellent location for golf weekend breaks. In addition to its excellent courses, this area boasts a wealth of other attractions that span picturesque landscapes, national parks, historical sites and fascinating towns. So, you can expect plenty to keep you occupied if you can tear yourself away from the course.
In north Wales, you'll find you have a huge 47 courses to choose from and which you go for will largely depend on your level of skill, personal preferences and what you want to get out of your golf weekend packages.
Among your options is Conwy Golf Club - a fabulous Open Qualifying course set on the stunning north Wales coastline. This is a great choice for sportspeople eager to test their mettle on a world-class layout while still enjoying a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Indeed, this club prides itself on providing a pleasurable experience for its visitors as much as it does on the calibre of its course.
Offering club hire and a practice green, Conwy is also home to a sensational clubhouse that looks right out over the course. So, you'll be able to enjoy spectacular views as you dine and relax after a day out on the green.
Another premier north Wales golf course ideal for memorable golfing weekends is Royal St David's Golf Club. Nestled in Harlech in Snowdonia National Park, this highly acclaimed championship links course is ideal for the experienced player.
Dating back to 1894, Royal St David's enjoys a sterling reputation both within the nation and overseas - and provides a real challenge for visitors. And because its greens are playable throughout the year, you can rest assured that no matter what dates you choose you'll enjoy some excellent rounds.
Not content with a fine course alone, the club also boasts incredible surroundings. You'll be greeted with amazing scenery at every turn, while each strike of your club will be watched over by the wonderful Harlech Castle.
Before booking your time here, be mindful that this course is not suitable for inexperienced players or those with high handicaps.
Perched on the banks of the River Dee, the Vale of Llangollen Golf Club is another attractive championship course for you to consider. Its superb greens enjoy a backdrop of dramatic Welsh hills, while the local area offers much of interest if you're eager to explore a little more of the destination during your break.
Among Llangollen's numerous attractions are a charming steam railway, horse drawn canal cruises, heritage sites such as the Pontcyllste Viaduct and splendid fishing opportunities.
Porthmadog Golf Club offers a similarly appealing combination of a challenging, intriguing course and a range of local attractions - and may particularly pique the interest of discerning golfers seeking something a little bit different.
Teeing off here really is a unique experience, with the course boasting a combination of linksland and heathland. It is quite distinctly divided into two sections, with the back nine holes veering towards the sea. In addition to being surrounded by stunning scenery, you can expect to be challenged here - particularly on hole 14.
So, if you're thinking of embarking on UK weekend breaks to play endless rounds of golf, why not consider booking a break in Wales? Perfect for real enthusiasts of the sport, the nation is awash with excellent golfing options - many of which are complemented by spectacular local landscapes and a welcoming atmosphere.