Royal St. David’s – A Course Steeped in History

You’ll appreciate the setting at Royal St. David’s from the minute you pull up into the car park in the shadows of the overlooking Harlech Castle.  It’s a spectacular view as it’s perched on top of the hill and can be seen from almost every hole.  The course itself is relatively flat, but don’t be fooled as the fairways are tight and the rough punishing, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.  The greens are true and were exceptionally fast for April, and with the back nine playing straight into the wind, it wasn’t the best day for scoring when your game’s as rusty as mine, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

Royal St. David's in front of Harlech Castle
Royal St. David's in front of Harlech Castle

To add to the enjoyment, we played in beautiful sunshine, which if you’ve been following any of my blogs from my trip to Wales, you’ll realise was the case every day – the Welsh will tell you it’s like that 365 days a year.

There were only 3 of us playing, so a local member called Jim joined us to make up a fourball.   Jim used to play for one of England’s most famous soccer teams (Everton) so as a big Liverpool fan (the two teams are great rivals) I gave him a bit of stick on our way around.  In return, he gave me a valuable golf tip which sorted my driving out… and resulted in me not losing a single ball for the rest of my trip!  Happy days!

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.