Golf In Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is well-served with golf facilities, the long-established 18-hole golf clubs like Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Newport and St Davids having been augmented in recent years by new nine-hole mini courses and many driving ranges.
No doubt the oldest links in the county is Tenby which was established in 1888 and has seen quite a few championship competitions over the years.
Tenby occupies the land behind the dunes which back the South Beach, between Tenby and Penally, an area known as The Burrows. It is an historic area bordering Tenby marshes, where the river Ritec flows down to the shore, and not far from the links is Hoyle’s Mouth, a prehistoric limestone cavern system where archaeologists have unearthed artefacts such as Stone Age flint tools and the bones of elk, reindeer, horse and other animals that lived in the ancient forests where nomadic hunters pursued them. It is believed the hunters were there before the glaciers of the last Ice Age covered most of Wales some 250,000 years ago. Many of these finds can be seen on display in Tenby’s splendid museum on Castle Hill. Nearby at Penhoyle, archaeologists discovered Iron age and Roman pottery, for the caverns were evidenty used until a much later date.
Haverfordwest’s century old Golf Club, with its hillocky 18-hole course, was started on a different site on the town’s disused Georgian Racecourse on the Western side of the town flanking the Dale Road. People occupying houses built nearby in the 1960s found many old gutta percha golf balls as they cultivated their new gardens.
It was many years later that the club bought land beside the A4O at Arnold’s Down on the eastern side of the town, starting with a nine-hole course and quickly developing into an interesting and challenging 18-holer. Their relatively new clubhouse commands a magnificient panoramic view to the west, which includes Haverfordwest and Roch Castle, a mile from the coast near Newgale sands.
Milford Haven had a modest course until the late 1950s when the oil industry bought land along Milford Haven Waterway to build their refineries. The Club benefited significantly from oil industry fundng when Amoco drove a road through to their terminal at Gellyswick and were able to redesign the 18-hole course which has become a popular venue.
St David’s is another links with splendid views and many tricky ups and downs, on the cliff and among the dunes at Whitesands Bay.
But perhaps the most picturesque links in the county is in North Pembrokeshire at Newport, where the golfers face the challenge of many hidden greens, with gorse-clad hills and a beautiful view from the clubhouse across to historic Newport, its golden sands and the imposing presence of the mystic mountain of Carn Ingli in the background. One of the pleasantest 9-hole courses with a good driving range, is Mayfield Golf Centre at Freystrop, a couple of miles out of Haverfordwest on the Burton road.