Wales, revisited: Looking back on six memorable golf courses

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

The No. 17 green and fairway, Royal St. David’s Golf Club, Wales. Great values, history and more than just golf HARLECH, Wales — At Royal St. David’s Golf Club, you look to the cliff above and see Harlech Castle, built by King Edward I beginning in 1283 and now considered a World Heritage Site, with […]

Wales, revisited: Some tips for playing there

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

You could lose a golf ball or two playing No. 13 at Nefyn & District Golf Club, Wales. No, nothing about the golf swing If you do make a golfing trip to Wales, some tips from a 19-handicapper who otherwise would never give golf tips: Bring enough golf balls. The courses may seem wide open, […]

Wales, day four: Porthmadog Golf Club, a tale of two nines

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

Two different worlds, heathland and links, at this North Wales course PORTHMADOG, Wales — It’s fitting that the inspiration for the classic story “Alice in Wonderland” came in North Wales, in Llandudno, about 90 minutes drive north of Porthmadog. Because there is definitely a “through the rabbit hole” feeling playing Porthmadog Golf Club, a course […]

Previewing Wales: Where courses are steeped in history, and beauty

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

I’ve actually been here before, sort of. In the early 1970s, as a young sportswriter working for the now-defunct Sacramento Union, I took a vacation to Europe with a backpack, and spent a couple of days hitch-hiking through Wales. I remember staying in a youth hostel, where my job was to sweep the floor before […]