Lang­land Bay, Mum­bles

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Keep driv­ing five or so miles south-west of Swansea and you’ll find your eyes wan­der­ing from the road. You’ll soon be in Mum­bles, the head­land on the western edge of Swansea Bay on Wales’ south­ern coast, where the views out to sea are beau­ti­fully dis­tract­ing.

Be­tween the bays of Lang­land and Caswell lies Lang­land Bay Golf Club, a James Braid cre­ation dat­ing back more than a cen­tury – 1904 to be ex­act.

It might be stretch­ing things to de­scribe Lang­land Bay as “the Peb­ble Beach of Wales”, as one breath­less re­viewer once did, but the sim­i­lar­i­ties are there.

Ocean views on 15 of the 18 holes, no more be­guil­ingly than on the 8th, the 343-yard ‘Braid’s Choice’, where a slop­ing green threat­ens to de­liver your ball into the wa­ter below.

Lang­land Bay isn’t long by mod­ern stan­dards, just 6,026 yards, but its de­mands come from a by­gone age. Rough and bunkers abound while the greens are small, fast and fre­quently per­ilous. Throw in el­e­ments typ­i­cal of a course played along­side the sea and you’re guaranteed noth­ing.

You may de­part curs­ing your luck or your judge­ment, but with a smile on your face. www.lang­land­bay­golf­

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