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Tenby to Celtic Manor - A History of Golf in Wales

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • ISBN: 9781845273040
  • Author: Byron Kalies
  • Publication August 2010
  • Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm, 96 pages

The hope is that the Ryder Cup will bring world recognition that Wales is a great place to play golf. In 1888 six people decided to form a golf club in the seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, in the south-west of Wales. The story of the progress of the sport through the last 120 years or so is a fascinating one.

Table of Contents:
The eighteen golf clubs are: Tenby, Porthcawl, Monmouth, Pwllheli, Newport, Llandrindod Wells, Caerphilly, Southerndown, Wrexham, Vale of Llangollen, Dinas Powys, Tredegar and Rhymney, Pyle and Kenfig, Llanymynech, Penrhos, Rhosgoch, Dewstow, Celtic Manor.

Author Biography:
Byron Kalies is a golfer, journalist and former management consultant. He lives in Caerffili. He plays golf as often as he can, usually at his own club, but has played most of the courses within a 20-mile radius of Bargoed. Byron says, ‘I realised one of my ambitions last summer by taking the opportunity to visit a number of clubs I’d never been to before. I met a fascinating range of people. This book reflects these experiences.’

Further Information:
In 1888 six people decided to form a golf club in the seaside town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, in the south-west of Wales. Membership cost 10/6d per year. Wales’ most recent courses are at Celtic Manor, where membership costs a little more than that! Between the nineteenth century and the present day, golf has taken off in Wales, and there are almost 200 clubs in this small nation.

The story of the progress of the sport through the last 120 years or so is a fascinating one. Women were kept on the sidelines in some clubs, and tolerated in others. The issues of Sunday golf and of the nineteenth hole selling alcohol on Sundays were important ones in Wales. Some clubs are still selective about their membership, whilst others are open to all comers.

This book looks at eighteen (of course!) golf clubs in Wales, from the tiny rural Rhosgoch to Celtic Manor itself, and a selection in between. A handy book if you are visiting Wales and want a course with a fabulous view and a friendly welcome.