The first course created in Wales by the Nicklaus family of designers is soon to open near Llanelli.
And as an introductory offer,Machynys Peninsula Golf and Country Club will be launched as part of a three-course package with the world-class Royal Porthcawl, the classic Welsh links of Ashburnham or Tenby – and the dramatic cliff-top course at Pennard, overlooking Swansea.
The 7,100-yard, par-72 Machynys course, has also been selected to host the 2005 Wales Ladies Professional Championship of Europe (August 11-14), part of the Ladies European Tour.
Its challenging links-style lay out, overlooking Carmarthen Bay, was designed by Gary Nicklaus, the former US and European tour pro, and is one of only four Welsh Golfing Union Centres of Excellence, with exceptional coaching and practice facilities.
The £2.5m clubhouse will house the 90-seater Fairyhill brasserie-style restaurant, state of the art conference facilities, function rooms and bars, as well as Monks Health Club and Spa. It will have luxury locker rooms, a Pro Shop and a sun deck overlooking the 18th hole with sea views.
The unique packages are available in either in two formats. Coffee and bacon rolls and 18 holes of golf are the silver package with a two-course dinner added for gold
Gower Peninsula Experience - Machynys Peninsula, Pennard GC and Gower GC (from £90.50)
South Wales Experience - Machynys Peninsula, Tenby GC and The Vale Hotel & Spa Resort (from £107)
Ultimate Links Experience - Machynys Peninsula, Royal Porthcawl GC and Ashburnham GC (from £139.50)
"These packages offer golfers living outside Wales the opportunity to see just why the country was voted ‘Undiscovered golf destination’ by the Golf Travel Writers’ Association in recent years," said Golf Club General Manager and Director of Coaching Mark Reed.
"It’s a unique offer, combining spectacular locations with ever-changing scenery and outstanding hospitality. The courses have been selected to provide a contrast between the modern and the traditional, as well as links and inland."
The Wales Tourist Board, which last year awarded a grant of £525,000 towards construction of the clubhouse, believes the packages complement its existing promotional campaigns to boost golf.
Marketing director Roger Pride says: "The Wales Tourist Board was delighted to support the Machynys Peninsula Club. It will be a world-class course and play an important role in raising the profile of Wales as a golf destination."
*The 36-hole Foxhills golf resort (01932 704468) in Surrey , is introducing a Twilight Offer (four hours before sunset) from April to August giving golfers the chance to play either of its courses then tuck into a steak baguette and pint of beer for a total of £40 per player.
The course is five minutes from junction 11 of the M25.