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 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 […]

Wales, day one: North Wales Golf Club, classic links, classic value

By Ron Bellamy | Golf, Wales |

Around for over 120 years, and still relevant LLANDUDNO, Wales — In the northern part of Wales, on Conwy Bay of the Irish Sea, is the bustling resort town of Llandudno, billed as Wales’ premier resort, known for the beach and quaint shops and hotels, and for the Great Orme, a massive limestone mound that […]

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 […]