15 reviews of Tenby Golf Club
A challenging links course that is a bit of a curate's egg. It begins with a tough opening stretch of long par 4's through the dunes; the 4th hole being particularly good with a hidden green. The next group of good holes are 10, 11 and 12 with a real coastal setting.
Unfortunately, the course does fall rather flat towards the end. Holes 15 to 17 across the railway line are, by the standards of the holes on the coastal side, poor. The par 4 18th is an unremarkable finishing hole.
Overall a fair course, needing a bit of expansion and a tidy up. It is quite congested in some areas, and it would be all the better if the club could replace the caravan park holes over the railway with something more befitting a links course. 7/10
Tenby was the first stop on our June 2010 tour of South Wales. Although the course was good to play, at £45 a round this did not seem great value for money (compared to other and possibly better courses such as Royal St Davids, Porthmadog and Southerndown). Some of the greens were in poor condition when we visited, although no mention of a rebate in the green fee as a result. A good course, as other reports will confirm, but we weren't made to feel welcome, just exploited.
Drove over an hour from Porthcawl in the rain to play 18 at Tenby. Especially recall the challenging first hole that requires a second shot be threaded between hills and trees. Most of the course sprawls out towards or along the coast. Very tranquil setting, lots of bushes, rough and blind shots. The Dai Rees hole, a long par four with a perched green, should be approached carefully (lay-up), because a brave 2nd shot can easily be lost by bouncing sideways or going long. The 18th was also interesting as it plays blind over a hill and near trees. Enjoyed the clubhouse for a pint but had lunch in the lovely Tenby town. Hope to get back someday.
Played here October , 09 ( £22.50 using a Green Free voucher ).
Leg 2 of the Wales IV trip .
Having utilised the handy clubhouse snooker table ,to let the rain subside ,we headed out onto the course & into sunshine .
Tenby has a great position alonside the sweeping beach & has some of the best links terrain that i have seen .Fantastic undulations,dips, gaps ,humps & hollows etc. Classic hole follows classic hole .The hole routeing feels completely natural ,a credit to the design.
Standout holes are 1 ,3, 4, 5, 9,12 & 13 .i.e there are quite a few ! but to be honest the other holes aren't far behind .It all flows beautifully .
The view from the highest tee on the 8th,looking over the course & along the beach to the town ranks as among the best i've seen on a course .Up there with the view at the 18th at Seaford Head & the 13th ? at West Cornwall .
Towards the end of the round i was thinking that Tenby was definitely going straight into my Top Ten but then, bizarrely ,holes 15,16& 17 go into a field & are 3 blandish parkland holes ,completely out of sink with what's gone on before .These holes spoil things a bit .If they were linksy ,carrying on in the same manner ,then it would have been close to perfection .If i was a member ,having a knockabout ,i'd miss out these holes .
Despite this ,Tenby is a cracking course & a must play on any golfing tour .
Played Tenby 2 days ago and I am although I absolutely loved it, I am only just about recovering from the experience!
The layout of the course is classic links, with the exception of the 3 separate holes 15,16,17 and if there is any criticism of Tenby it would be that these 3 are a bit dull compared with the rest of the course.
The greens were fast and true even if they did look a little "mottled", but they run true and were a joy (if a bit scary) to putt on.
The fairways are pretty tight, particularly if you are spraying it around like I was, but if you manage to get one straight, the ball will run for miles. My recommendation is to put away your driver and to play something that will guarantee that you can hit the short stuff, as anything in the rough is very tough.
The new holes (number 8 and 9 I think) that have been added since I played her a few years ago are both nice holes, and the views from the top end of the course are wonderful.
Tenby is a fantastic golf course, but when the wind is blowing like it was on Sat, it is very difficult. Our 4 ball lost 17 balls between us!!
All of the members that we met were very welcoming and took the time and trouble to talk to us about their course, of which all of them appeared to be justifiably proud.
We had a bite to eat in the clubhouse after and that was very acceptable and reasonably priced
So to sum up, a wonderful course, a treat to play it, but beware of taking it on on a windy day!!
I played Tenby 2 weeks ago for the first time and was seriously impressed by the course. It was the first time I had played a Links course too. I was warned several times by members to avoid the rough at all cost prior to out tee-time who it seemed were the friendliest members I have ever come across. The rough was indeed thick and long but somehow I managed to conjure a 77 (I play around 9-13) by only finding the deep rough once (there was no wind though)!
The greens were superb as well as the aprons and fairways. We played the wrong hole by mistake on the front nine and happened to then walk infront a four ball behind us who were only to happy to watch us take their place and tee-off (never get that around some of the courses in the South east where I live).
I hope to visit Tenby GC again this summer and would recommend this gem of a course to anyone.
Day four of our tour of Wales brought us to Tenby,the weather still held hot and sunny with no wind. Now this is a proper links course, with superb views all around. Very helpful Pro shop as were all the members we met on the course. No course planner was available, so we set off with some trepidation, but we neednt have worried just follow the signs and you shouldnt get lost. Look out for the black & white marker posts. You need to be on form to play this superb condition course, any shot landing off the fairway was into rough that consumed golf balls at an alarming rate. Once you reach the green your problems are not over, but with great aprons we soon learnt to putt from 20 feet off the green rather than chip and run. These greens were the fastest we played on all week and were truly superb, just dont end up above the hole as anything down hill is scary quick, thankfully there are few bunkers.
If you like true links golf this is a course you must play, everything about this course is fantastic.
Really tough course played in a strong breeze and had to keep it low. unfortunatly i was highting it high andshort on the day. didnt do too bad though.
This golf course is very underated. I have played three times now and have only managed to beat my handicap of 7 once. If the wind blows it provides a real test. I last played from the white tees, whcih on the first is a stren test. At a good mid 400 yards, this feels like a par 5 if you don't get your tee shot off too well. The second allows you to open your shoulders on the drive, the bowl shaped green can provide fast putts in the summer period. The third is a tough tee shot that must be threaded between sand dunes, although not long, an iron off the tee is wise to give you the a mid-short iron approach into a very tough green (do not hit over the green or getting down in three from there is realistic probability. A few blind tee shots and bowl shaped greens with fast putting surfaces and unbeatable views to Caldy Island make this a worthwhile trip to make. The only reproach are the three new holes taht have been added (15,16 and 17) not only do they break up the flow of the round but are significantly different to the other linksland holes, as they climb up the hill to the back of the course. It is frustrating to see the old holes wind there way up the dunes at the far end of the course at the turn. I can only imagine that the nearby army rifle range has insisted the closure of these holes at the expense of the golfing experience. Only Hillside golf club in Southport has provided an equally rewarding golf experience for the price. A practice range where you can hit more than a wedge would be good.
FAN BLOODY TASTIC :-) My parents retired to Cardigan, where my mother is originally from and most of my relatives still live. I have been wanting to play Tenby for ages, but never foudn the time on my visits. This time I did, and boy was it worth the wait. Standing on the 1st T you get a great feeling of golfing history and feel honoured to be playing the course. Off the yellow T's the 1st is probably the toughest opening T shot I have seen. All there is in front of you is a marker post and a massive dune !!!!!!!!! Like a previous report stated the first 4-5 holes are really tough, and you wonder how you will be after 18 of them. Luckily the course calms down abit and you an really begin to enjoy playing there. Typical of a great links course, you can hit a good T shot and still have a difficult shot to the green, with the ball below or above ur feet. But we wouldn't want it any other way, because when you hit the green and get that par, or if you are really lucky the birdie it feels so much better than on your standard parkland courses. When you do play you MUST play of the white T on the 4th. It is awesome !!!!. My only downside were a couple of the par 3's were a little on the short side. But the 17th morethan makes up for it. Wonderful hole with wonderous views. It was worth the wait and great fun. The two guys I hooked up with from the 6th onwards moaned all the way round about getting bad bounces etc etc. If you play a links course you can expect nothing less. Play Savour and enjoy:-)
If you are in the area for a few rounds I highly reccommend Cardigan. I play there everytime I am down as my father is a member. I have not played a course with better views and is a links style with some great holes. Maybe not the history of Tenby, but just as enjoyable. FORE :-)
Magnificent. Superb greens and some very tough holes. Fortunately I played in a very light breeze so managed to make a score. Friendly members. Played during festival week.
Great experience!! I was in the area to play Pennard, but found this to be a better all around golf experience. As mentioned in previous reviews there are a great many blindshots, but the course was in fine shape and the greens were true.
Hope to play it again someday with a friendly foursome from the states.
This is links golf at it's most natural, traditional and authentic. The course meanders beautifully through the Carmarthen Bay dunes, offering any number of first class holes and fabulous views. Definitely worth a visit. But please make sure you take your 'A' game onto the first tee... the first four holes are the toughest!
This course is a must, it's a real old school links course and the layout and the greens are top draw. The pro shop and the clubhouse were welcoming. As i'm down that way a couple of times a year i will be making the pilgrimage again but i don't think i will ever get used to all the blind shots you have to play!!!!!!
A typical links challenge, undulating fairways
fast greens (in excellent condition)long par 4s
and par 3s and they never play the same due to a
ever changing coastal breeze.
All this and the beutiful scenery of the Pembrokeshire coast national par,A little bit of golfing Heaven.
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