Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay

Wales

46th

Swansea Bay

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Swansea Bay Golf Club is, as it suggests, on the coastline of Swansea Bay. That brings a links element to the golf course. 
 
The 18-hole layout, originally designed by WH Booth before James Braid made changes to it, features both parkland and links holes. 
 
The River Neath and Swansea Bay itself both come into play at times, and add that extra hazard, along with the sea breeze.  
 
  
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A Brief History of Swansea Bay

Swansea Bay Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs, not only on the NCG Top 100s: Wales list, but in Wales itself. 
 
The club was founded in 1892, before moving to its current location seven years later. WH Booth laid out the original 18 holes, with James Braid then being brought in a decade later to make changes and improvements. 
 
The 1950s saw the construction of the A483, which cut through the golf course. The layout and routing of the course had to be changed and is now played on either side of the dual carriageway.  

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Swansea Bay Golf Club is split into two distinct parts. Having been at the location for more than a century, the golf course has changed over the years. Today, there is a parkland section to the property, which starts and ends the round. On the east and southern side of the A483 are holes 6 through 13, and this is very much the links part of the course. The 18-hole track plays as a Par 72 measuring more than 6,400 yards from the tips, playing 300 yards shorter if you opt to tee off from the yellows. 
 
The course opens with five parkland holes on the road's northern side. The first is drivable for longer hitters at 305 yards, but five bunkers in the final third of the hole are in range. The 2nd is the hardest hole on the course, measuring 460 yards from the tips. A dog-leg right par 4, and with trees on either side of the fairway, there is trouble everywhere you look on 2. The first of four par 5s comes next, and at just 475 yards, it is reachable in two. 4 is the first par 3 and has six bunkers awaiting any mishit shots, before the 410-yard par 4 5th hole, which takes you to the edge of the road... 
 
Cross under the bridge and you reach the links section of the course at Swansea Bay. It starts with a 220-yard par 3, before five successive par 4s. The 8th green has the estuary and the water as a backdrop, while the 9th plays with the water on its left. That same water juts into the fairway with around 100 yards to go, making it one of the most difficult holes on the entire property. 
 
The back nine begins with a pair of par 4s that are 380 yards or less, and both play as dog-leg rights. The 12th is a tricky par 5. Although only carded as 448 yards, it is a tight, double dog-leg right with the road sitting high above the green. The last of the links holes is the par 3 13th, a 185-yard hole with three greenside bunkers awaiting anything errant. 
 
After crossing back under the road, two of the next three holes are par 5s, and the two hardest holes on the back nine. The 14th is the longest hole on the property at 533 yards, while the 16th is a winding 512-yard hole that also features a ditch running through it. 15 is a short par 4, while the penultimate hole at Swansea Bay is the final par 3 on the card. Seven greenside bunkers and a ditch are all in play, before you come to the 18th. The last hole is a dog-leg right, with three bunkers on the right side of the fairway, and three more by the green. The 18th green is an incredible 60 yards long, meaning that anything from a short iron to a fairway wood might be needed for your final approach shot.  

FAQs about Swansea Bay

Where is Swansea Bay located?  
Swansea Bay Golf Club is on the southern coastline of Wales, where the River Neath runs into Swansea Bay itself. Parts of the course run alongside the River Neath, while the course is split into two by the A483 – the road which runs from Swansea to Chester. The M4 is just a couple of miles from the golf club. Earlswood Golf Course neighbours Swansea Bay Golf Club to the north.  
 
The closest train station to Swansea Bay Golf Club is Briton Ferry, which sits on the other side of the M4 from the golf course. It sits on the South Wales main line which runs between Swansea and Cardiff. Due to its location on the southern coastline of the country, the two nearest major international airports are Swansea and Cardiff. The latter is the bigger of the two, and the busiest airport in the entirety of Wales.  

What golf facilities does Swansea Bay offer?
 
Swansea Bay also has practice facilities. Alongside the 1st hole is the driving range and short game area, while there is also a putting green by the opening tee box.  

What are the green fees at Swansea Bay?
 
The price of a green fee at Swansea Bay 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 Swansea Bay, visit their website here
 
  
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