Generation Golfer: More than happy to carryout a Golf Club/Course review at Tenby Golf Club (Thanks for the Invite)
Arrived early morning last week on 25th July, weather was lush and welcomed by the staff. Enjoyed a full breakfast of which ticked all the boxes for us all, plenty to choose from a very decent menu.
Being one of the oldest golf clubs in the UK we found the club and surroundings splendid to say the least. “Must visit, stay, play or just enjoy the food, drink and venue”. Spoke for over an hour with David Hancock, club Manager & Team.
“Golf Course with so much to offer, risk & reward, undulating greens, blind challenging shots, fantastic scenery, tip top condition 12months of the year, main greens and tees, splendid drainage, one of the few courses that allow buggies & carts throughout the calendar months”
Great facilities and top class venue, Tenby town is within easy reach, stones throw from the beach, value for money all year round.
Generation Golfer will be linking up many Society Groups with confidence that they will return “Highly Recommend to all”
Thanks so much & look forward to meeting up again very, very soon.
Tenby Golf Club was formally established in 1888, but by most accounts there were enthusiasts knocking balls around the links and sand dunes by at least 1875. In any event, experts agree that Tenby stands out as the birthplace of Welsh golf, with the course adapted from a 9-hole to 18-hole course in 1907. Tenby was also one of the founding members of the Welsh Golfing Union.
Golf was more or less exclusively a Scottish sport from the late medieval period onward, and only started spreading throughout the British Isles during the 19th century. Tenby was very much at the forefront of the new wave of this emerging sport.
The Club evolved in line with the bustling resort of Tenby next door, which began attracting visitors in Victorian times. They were lured by the new craze of “sea-bathing”, as well as by Tenby’s reputation as a spa town and health resort. Part of the Club’s original appeal for these first golfers may have been the same as the resort’s – the fact that the town’s sheltered position provided a partial shield from the winds of the Bristol Channel.
As the birthplace of Welsh golf the Club acquired a certain prestige, attracting a cluster of local and national celebrities to the links – including the renowned statesman and Prime Minister, David Lloyd George. He became a regular on the links, and is pictured second from the left in the group photo below. He also owned a house in Tenby town.
The first competition was held on October 25th 1888 over nine holes, and was won by Mr TA Rees. He scored gross 51, net 41 off a handicap of 10. The first inter-club home match was against Swansea Bay in April 1895, with Tenby winning 15-13. The Club’s inaugural AGM was held in 1889, by which date the Club had a total of 44 members.
To the right are pictures of Tenby’s first green keeper back in 1888, and below that you can see a group in front of Black Rock taken in October 1908. From left to right are: R Hutton Esq; The Right Hon Lloyd-George; Mrs Clifton, and the Rev J Morris.
One of the most famous sporting figures who has graced the Club was Dai Rees, who was a massive figure in British golfing either side of the second world war. Rees, who won 39 world titles during his career, had a great affection for Tenby, and a particular affinity for the course’s third hole with its need for absolute precision when approaching the green. The hole is now named in his honour.
Dating from the 1870’s Tenby Golf Course has fantastic views of the rugged Pembrokeshire coast. Designed by James Braid one of the features of the course is the sublime quickness and resilience of the greens. This means the balls usually fly fast and true, and that you can play throughout the year.
We’re always happy to welcome golfing societies to Tenby Golf Club.
Society days can be designed to meet a wide range of requirements for groups of 12+ golfers.
Tenby’s classic links course beguiles visitors with its mellow undulating greens and awesome sea views. You’re never far away from a dazzling vista of the sea, and at the high point of the course on the 17th hole you can catch a sublime glimpse of the coastal waters and Caldey Island beyond.
We’re proud of the fact that we generally play 365 days a year without pause – due to the way the sandy terrain drains and absorbs rainwater. Our buzz words are ”when it rains it drains!”. This means the course doesn’t turn into bog land in poor weather and is usually accessible by electric buggy.
Tenby is not in the style of a manicured parkland course. When you tee off here you sometimes have to factor the natural terrain into your game. Playing here is often described as golf at its most natural, with rolling fairways, rising dunes, and now and then the occasional tricky pot bunker and blind shot. This doesn’t mean it’s a rough course; the greens are consistently in immaculate condition and run fast and true. It is in fact a course that caters for both novice and veteran.
The lie of the course developed naturally in parallel with the dunes and wild grasses surrounding the greens, but it took the influence of the pioneering designer James Braid to help shape the route into its current character as a “classic links course”.
The greens and fairways here are always fast and consistent, but Tenby has its quirks as a course, ensuring that you must play a canny game to avoid being caught out by the hazards of the rough. Tenby is always a highly rewarding course, but many of the holes require a deft touch when teeing off. As one perceptive golfing journalist has put it, “at Tenby a little restraint goes a long way”.
It was probably the courses’ idiosyncrasies that so appealed to the celebrated Welsh Ryder Cup player, Dai Rees, whose affection for Tenby was such that the third hole ended up being named after him.
Some golfers who return to Tenby after playing over more sedate courses in the cities or suburbs find that they’ve missed out on the sheer unpredictability of the links here. Another element to consider in your approach is the wind. Although the south-westerly’s don’t maraud in as hard as on the Atlantic coast to the west, the wind is still going to be a strong factor here – especially if you’re teeing off directly into it. That said, you tend to get more shelter from the elements after you get past the early holes.
For some players unaccustomed to its ways and whims, Tenby can appear to be a “tough” course, but the truth is it just takes time to understand the shape of the land – a bit like getting acquainted with the detailed landscape of your back garden!
The total length of the course is 6,613 yards.
Play & Stay
Take a luxury break at the home of Welsh golf
For a great golfing break why not stay in our on site Dormy House. Featuring 7 en-suite twin bedded rooms, the Dormy House is adjacent to the clubhouse with views over the course and Driving Range.
It is only a stroll away from the historic Medieval walled town of Tenby with its golden beaches, picturesque harbour, and many pubs and restaurants.
We offer a warm welcome to all our visitors in our comfortable accommodation which can cater for 14 golfers, many of whom return each year for a golfing break. The Dormy House has the following facilities:-
- 7 twin bedded rooms with en suite shower (1 equipped for disabled access)
- Flat screen digital TV
- Hair dryer
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Breakfast from our dormy menu
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Serviced daily
Our on-site golf professional is the top award-winning coach, Rhys Harry, who takes pride in coaching players at all levels, and helping to bring out the best in their play. Rhys believes that golf is so much more than a mechanical process, and must be instilled over many hours of practice and application. He inspires his students – whether young or old – to progress by watching and understanding the subtleties of the game. And Rhys sums his philosophy up neatly with this phrase: “We do not teach golf, we coach players!” On top of that he aims to put all golfers – particularly new and younger players – at their ease and to offer constant warmth and encouragement.
An outstanding player in his own right, Rhys was awarded the tile of Welsh PGA Professional of the Year at the Ryder Cup Dinner five years ago, and has played a crucial part in nurturing emerging golfing talent throughout Tenby and west Wales. As well as helping to introduce youngsters to golf in local schools, Rhys has also been appointed the South West Wales Academy coach – after achieving marked success coaching Welsh Ladies Amateur star, Becky Harries.
Rhys was a Top 10 Qualifier from the European School of Excellence and also secured a Titleist Award for outstanding excellence.
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