Pennard Golf Club

Its links, on a clifftop with an ancient castle and cattle on the course. It is the epitome of authentic golf!

Pennard Golf Club

Swansea, Wales

Overview

The club doesn't have a driving range but it does have a Par 3 practice hole, warm-up area, chipping area and putting green.

The course has historic commoners rights meaning you will, at times, find grazing livestock!

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Pennard Castle

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Golf Course Review

It is believed the Pennard Golf Club was founded in January 1896. Membership was limited to just 20 members! The original lease was renegotiated and club reconstituted in 1908. A few miles west of The Mumbles and Swansea, the 'Links in the Sky' sits atop the cliffs of the Gower Peninsula 200 feet above the Bristol Channel. Spectacular views of the Three Cliffs Bay and the Pennard Pill estuary.

Tale of Pennard GC's Scorecard

The course has 4 sets of tees allowing the course to play from 5375 yards to 6420 yards. What it may appear to lack in yardage by keen card and pencil players is made up for by the wild undulations and exposure to the ever-present wind. Flighting the ball is a crucial skillset especially on holes which require a forced carry, such as Holes 11, 12 and 13.

The course is a Par 71. The front nine is simply great golf but it is the back nine where Pennard really comes into its own! Sporting three Par 5's and three Par 3's and a Par 4 which is less than 300 yards there is lots quirk to be enjoyed. The finishing stretch of Par 3-5-5-4 holes provides a thrilling finish especially played in a match.

Pennard GC's Golf Architect Heritage

James Braid is credited with Pennard's design.

  • C.K. Cotton's hand is felt on 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 & 11
  • Donald Steel contributed 4 & 5
  • James Braid originals are 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 & 15

James Braid's pick of the bunch is the 14th to which he lent his name.

Not well known is the fact Harry Colt advised the club and made recommendations in 1919 when both he and James Braid submitted plans. The Committee approved Braid's plans but noted that it 'embodied some of Colt's suggestions.' The work centred on 4 greens, two of which were completely new.

Ranked76/100in GB&I
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Featured Architect: James Braid

Very little earth was moved in James Braid 's designs due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of approach. Alternative tees provided to allow play in all...

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Swansea, SA3 2BT, Wales

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Featured Architect: James Braid

Very little earth was moved in James Braid 's designs due to technological constraints. Minimal artificial features present. Putting greens must be well guarded, often by dykes, directly in front of greens. Green size is governed by the length of approach. Alternative tees provided to allow play in all...

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