Cardiff has been named the best UK city to golf in, according to new research conducted by golf supply specialists, Online Golf.
The welsh capital came out on top in the overall rankings, which analysed the cost per round (adjusted for cost of living), the number of courses and the weather to work out which city offers the best arena for budding golfers. As well as finishing top overall, Cardiff has the least busy courses in the country, with only 140 golfers to each of their 39 clubs.
The city also boasts fantastic value for money, with golfers in the city able to get around 35 rounds of golf from the average person’s disposable income in the city (£625), at just £18 per round, compared to an average of £23 in Belfast. Edinburgh topped the value list with 41 games per disposable income. The study also found that:
Newcastle’s golf courses had the cheapest cost per round, at just £16.41
London was the worst value for money, with the average only able to afford 13 games from their disposable income at £22.60 per round
Despite having the most courses (156) London is unsurprisingly also the most crowded, with over 1,300 people for every club.
In London, you have only a 30% chance of being rained off the course, compared to 53% across the border in Glasgow. While London has the most non-rainy days, the proportion of those days with the sun shining was actually the lowest at 23% compared to Cardiff’s 30% chance of a dry, sunny round.
Craig Booking, Head of Digital Marketing and Development at Online Golf commented: “Right now is a very exciting time for golf in the UK. With some of our pros coming in to the form of their lives and participation numbers starting to see some positive signs. Cardiff has some fantastic facilities, with courses like Cardiff Golf Club in the city and others like Celtic Manor (2010 Ryder Cup Host) only a short drive away in Newport, so it’s no surprise it’s such a fantastic place to develop as a golfer.”