The oldest golf club in Wales, Tenby was formed back in 1888 though its current links was mostly designed by James Braid during the early part of the twentieth century. Situated in the south-west corner of the country, the course is routed across superbly undulating linksland with wonderful views over the Tenby beach and out to the monastery island of Caldey.
Featuring a number of naturally sunken green sites, blind drives over expansive dunes and thick fescue roughs, the links provides a genuine test of all aspects of your game, especially the ability to control ball flight as it is exposed to strong gusty winds and the firm fairways and tight targets are narrow and notoriously hard to hit. Tenby’s four-hole opening stretch is among the toughest in golf, it starts with a lengthy par four played blind across heavy dunes and includes the extraordinarily difficult 3rd hole with a slender fairway and skinny tabletop green that falls steeply on both sides. Despite only being a short-iron approach, many good players actually choose to pitch short of this brilliant green in order to prevent the embarrassment of missing the target and then chopping back and forth from side to side. Other standout moments include the deep ravine guarding the par three 12th, the drivable 13th and a beautiful approach into the final green. Unfortunately the three holes located on the inland side of the town’s railway are a little disappointing by comparison to the compactly grouped holes on the main paddock.
A challenging layout for all level of player and especially fun along the main dunes, Tenby has never been in better shape and, despite its modest yardage and par of 68, remains one of the sternest examinations in Britain.