Wales is a proud golfing nation, and is home to a number of prestigious golfing institutions. None more so than Royal St David’s Golf Club, which has just celebrated its 120th anniversary. This championship links course served as the gateway for golf to come to Wales, with the sport having been mainly a Scottish endeavour up to Royal St David’s establishment in 1894.
Royal St David’s resides in the Harlech region on the Welsh west coast. It was the first golf club in Wales to have the Royal title bestowed upon it, receiving the honour from King Edward VII in 1908, and remains one of only two such Royal golf clubs in Wales. This prestigious award helped the reputation of Welsh golf immensely, meaning Royal St David’s will always be important to Wales.
The course plays at 6629 yards from the championship tees, making the maximum length accessible and manageable for most players. This is a course known for testing par fours, and you will find a run of them in succession from the beginning, with five of the first six holes par four. There are only two par fives, and they also come in succession, at the seventh and eighth. Finding your form early is a big boost, because there is a chance to make a score on the front nine.
The back nine boasts a fantastic end to your round, with the final five holes looping through the dunes and embracing the best parts of Royal St David’s. There are two beguiling par threes in the closing stretch, with the large greens serving as a fine target off the tee. This enjoyable back nine will send you home with the indelible memory that Royal St David’s is one of Wales’ finest courses.