City breaks do not usually offer much chance for golfers to play their favourite game, but book a stay in Cardiff and you will find there are lots of opportunities for you to work on your swing.
The Welsh capital is a popular destination for UK short breaks, as it has an impressive combination of affordable accommodation, top-class shopping, fine dining and historic attractions. It also has a wide variety of golf courses within easy travelling distance, making it an ideal base for players planning a few days away.
You can choose from a range of golf clubs with parkland courses or even stay in a luxurious resort perfect for spa golf breaks. There are a number of renowned hotels with golf courses and spa facilities located close to Cardiff, including Celtic Manor and the Vale Resort.
Celtic Manor is the centre of the golfing world in 2010, as it is the venue for the Ryder Cup, which has raised interest in Welsh golf to levels not seen since Ian Woosnam’s 1991 triumph at the Masters. The spectacle of Colin Montgomerie’s European team facing Corey Pavin’s band of leading US professionals is certain to inspire many people to work on their game.
If you are one of them, it is possible to follow in the footsteps of the modern day golfing greats and test yourself at Celtic Manor. The resort, situated a short journey away from Cardiff and close to Newport, has three courses open to the public, including one designed by Montgomerie and another used for the All Star Cup.
Amateur golfers who want a real challenge can also play Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten course, the one used for the Ryder Cup. If you are up for the challenge it is a good idea to book a tee time well in advance, as it is a popular venue.
Vale Resort has two championship standard courses, including the intimidating Wales National, which is more than 7,400 yards long. The golf hotel complex, located just a 15-minute drive from Cardiff, is also home to what is thought to be the largest spa in Wales, giving you the opportunity to ease the stress caused by those costly bad shots with an indulgent treatment.
If you are planning to use Cardiff as a base for UK golf breaks, you will want to try The Glamorganshire in Penarth. The testing course, which is said to be the home of the stableford scoring system, has views of Cosmeston Lakes country park and the beautiful South Wales coastline.
You may also want to consider the attractions of Cottrell Park. The golf club is located in an idyllic stretch of countryside close to the capital and is home to two championship standard courses and views of the Brecon Beacons.
There are also a variety of other courses suitable for both low and high handicappers in the Cardiff area. Why not look at what Cardiff Golf Club, St Mellons, Llanishen, Creigiau and Wenvoe Castle have to offer?
If you also plan to use your break to do a little more than perfect your swing and chat about your scorecard in the 19th hole, you will find plenty to do if you choose Cardiff for your UK holidays.