Milford Haven

Milford Haven

Wales

50th

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Founded in 1913, Milford Haven Golf Club began life as a 9-hole layout, before being extended into an 18-hole course following the purchase of land to the south. 
 
The extension came in 1933, and the course now has two distinct nine-hole sections, but they do not play as two nines. Instead, the top half has holes 1-6 and the closing three, while the southern section features the holes in the middle of the round. 
 
Recent work from Marc Westinborg has seen improvements and changes to the closing hole, with the addition of a water hazard down the right side. The course plays as a Par 71, and there are great challenges throughout a round. 
 
  
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A Brief History of Milford Haven

1913 saw the founding of Milford Haven Golf Club. George Humble, the professional at Llandrindod Wells at the time, was the man to design a 9-hole layout.  
 
Two decades on, the course was expanded into an 18-hole layout, using more land to the south of the original nine holes. 
 
In recent years, Marc Westinborg has done some work to the course, with the finishing hole being among those to be improved.  

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The course at Milford Haven is a parkland layout and despite the design being in two nine-hole sections, it is an out-and-back layout. The original 9-hole course now provides the opening six holes and the closing three holes of Milford Haven as we know it today, with the extension to the south encompassing the 7th to 15th. The 18-hole course offers a 6,100 yard, Par 70 challenge from the tips. 
 
Milford Haven opens with a par 5 at the northern boundary of the property. There is out of bounds down the right, but plenty of space down the left. Anything long of the green will find the trees, so be careful on your approach. The 2nd is then the hardest hole on the course – a 435-yard par 4. Water is on the right side of the fairway but should not come into play off the tee. After the short 3rd, the 4th is the first par 3 at Milford. It measures 170 yards but plays slightly downhill. Two bunkers in front means club selection is crucial.  
 
The 5th is only 360 yards long, but it is one of the tougher holes due to a water hazard that splits the fairway in two. 6 is a par 3 which plays to a small green. It is only 150 yards but plays across a deep valley to a green below the level of the tee box. From there, you get into the new part of the course, starting with the 7th. This par 5 is the easiest hole on the front side of the layout, while the par 4 8th features overhead power lines. The final hole on the front side at Milford Haven is a short par 4, and one that can be seen as a birdie opportunity. 
 
There are two par 3s in the opening three holes on the back, coming at 10 and 12. The latter is the shorter of the two at just 146 yards, and offers up some of the best views during your round at Milford Haven. 11, 13, 14 and 15 are the four toughest holes on the back nine, and all par 4s. The 13th is the only one of those over 400 yards, but it is the 15th that is the hardest according to stroke index. The green is elevated from the fairway, and there is a severe slope at the back for anything that goes long.  
 
The closing stretch of holes at Milford Haven brings you back to the original 9-hole layout from the 1910s. The 16th is the first of those final three holes, and like the 12th, it is played over a valley towards a narrow green. 17 is the last par 5 at Milford and offers a real birdie chance at just 505 yards. Two bunkers on the fairway's right are in the landing zone for most golfers. Miss those, and you can have a crack at the green. The closing hole is a tricky par 4 that features a water hazard on the right side of the fairway. There is also out of bounds all down the right and plenty of trees to the left, so finding the fairway is crucial if you want to make par, or even birdie, on 18. 

FAQs about Milford Haven

Where is Milford Haven located?  

Milford Haven Golf Club is in the very southwestern corner of Wales, just outside the towns of Hubberston and Milford Haven itself. The southern section of the course neighbours Gelliswick Beach, with views over Gelliswick Bay. The A4076 makes its way into Milford Haven from Haverfordwest.  
 
Milford Haven Rail Station is just over a mile from the golf club, and the station is at the end of the West Wales line. Trains from Milford Haven run to Manchester Piccadilly via several stations, including Swansea, Cardiff Central, Shrewsbury and Crewe. With its location in southwest Wales, the nearest airports to Milford Haven are Swansea and Cardiff Airports, with the latter being the biggest and busiest in Wales. Cardiff Airport is 100 miles from Milford Haven, while Swansea Airport is about half an hour closer to the venue.  

What golf facilities does Milford Haven offer?
Along with the 18-hole course, Milford Haven Golf Club also has some great practice facilities. There is a driving range to the side of the opening hole, while there are also many putting and chipping greens to allow guests and members to hone their skills before taking to the course.  

What are the green fees at Milford Haven?
 
The price of a green fee at Milford Haven changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend.  
 
For more information on current green fees at Milford Haven, visit their website here
 
  
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