Pennard Golf Club
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Can't understand why I hadn't heard of this course before - I love links golf and this has to be one of the most spectacular courses in Britain. I was lucky with the weather but I think it would be a stunning course any day. Particular favourite was the seventh, where the view from the tee has to be one of the most spectacular I can remember seeing. If one were to ultra-critical you might say that there are too many holes which are not really that challenging if you are a halfway decent golfer. Having said that they are compensated by some very tough - and very long par fives. If you are going to the Gower peninsula and taking your clubs - do not miss this gem.
Adam Batstone ( 04/01

What a beautiful depiction!!

I knew, as we passed by (sans sticks), that we were likely missing one of those oft termed "hidden gems"! This narration confirms my suspicion. We were contemplating returning to Wales in a year or two for a number of reasons that have just swelled by one!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Rick Nowosad ( 08/00

There are a couple of blind shots on the course, but there but they add to the interesting architecture of the course. There is a ruin of an ancient castle off of the 7th hole that dates back to the 1100s. It really is only a ruin, but there is much to distinguish it as a once regal building. And speaking of buildings, they are building a new clubhouse even thought the present one is warm and friendly. The options on tap were many and all were served in a cold pint.

The views here among the best in England and the world. The view of the valley that leads to the ocean is spectacular. There were horses grazing on the flat grassland when I was there and colours that came off of the grass, the creek, the cliffs and the ocean were magnificent. From different holes you can maximise your view of any of these beauties so every hole offered better and better views. The beauty of this course compares to Pebble Beach in Northern California, Costa del Sol at the tip of the Baha in Mexico and Pelican Hill in Southern California. The only course I have ever seen with better views is Old Head on the south coast of Ireland.
This is do not miss course.
Robert Leduc ( 08/00

I played Pennard in July 2000 as part of my systematic search for the greatest course in the British Isles.

The course is set on a cliff, 200 feet above the ocean. It is, however, a true links course as identified by the free draining soil, the fescue grasses on the fairways and the mixed grasses of the greens. It is said that a hurricane must have dumped sand in great quantity on the site, perhaps thousands of years ago.

The course is Championship standard. The first four holes are relatively peaceful and they get you out to the more scenic parts of the course, which goes till the 18th tee. The SSS here is 71 and the course is clear and open. It looks every bit the rolling linksland I came to play.

The course was also very challenging and no little exercise to walk. There is a good mix of holes including cliff top holes, rolling beauties that loose or gain 50 to 100 feet at a time as well as those that are short and tough to a single par 5 of greater than 500 yards. Few the holes were very easy. The premium was to play smart rather than hit it long and while I caught a calm day, you can tell that a windy day here would be a handful.

Somehow missed playing this course, but drove by it when we were doing a little tour of the Gower peninsula. Looked just super from the road, very linksy with the views that we drove 60 miles to see. The course seemed to be very carefully tended to as well. If ever back in Wales, this will be on my new must play list.
Rick Nowosad ( 11/98

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