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, day six: Aberdovey Golf Club, an enduring classic

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

The beloved course of Bernard Darwin is still relevant ABERDOVEY, Wales – Born in 1876, a grandson of Charles Darwin, Bernard Darwin was a gifted golfer who became the first reporter to cover golf on a regular basis, writing for The Times of London for decades starting in 1907, and serving as captain of the […]

Wales, day five: Royal St. David’s Golf Club, royalty indeed

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

History, Harlech Castle, and a great golf course in Mid Wales HARLECH, Wales — You play Royal St. David’s Golf Club without seeing the Irish Sea, but you hear it throughout your round, the sound of the waves on Tremadog Bay delivered by the seemingly ever-present wind. The sea is just over a wide swath […]

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 […]