Ashburnham is one of the finest and oldest golf courses in Wales, founded in 1894. It is located close to the Burry Estuary and Worm’s Head, with fine views over Carmarthen Bay. A number of important events have been hosted at Ashburnham, including the PGA Championship. Bernard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque here when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship. Sam Torrance and Dai Rees were also victorious at Ashburnham.
Ashburnham originally started life as a nine-hole course and was extended in 1902 to 18 holes. Today’s course, which measures 6,630 yards from the back tees, is the result of alterations by J.H.Taylor in 1914, Fred Hawtree in 1923 and then Ken Cotton (himself a member at Ashburnham). These three great architects have created a classic ‘out-and-back’ links course, rolling gently through the dunes. Unusually for a links course, the sea is only really visible from the first and the last few holes as the bulk of the holes are played in the shelter of the dunes. Don’t let that fool you though, “The Ash” is an excellent test of golf and the elements will play a large part in your game on the day.
Ashburnham Golf Club
Telephone: 01656 783093
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