Langland Bay, Mumbles
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.langlandbaygolfclub.com