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British Golf with other activities nearby

My husband loves to play golf (10 handicap); I don’t play golf. We’ve been to Europe several times, but this will be his first trip adding golf to the itinerary. He would like the chance to play 1-2 coastal links courses. Our tentative locations will probably be London, south and also west of London, at York, the Cotswolds and northern Wales in June.

My interests during travel are gardens, city bike tours, cooking classes, food tours, architecture, art museums, photography and general wandering.

Are there some golf courses in the general area of our proposed itinerary (or a city we should add/replace) that make a nice combination of having a few days on our trip where there are activities for me while he is playing golf in the vicinity? We will have a rental car outside of our time in London & possibly York. I’d be fine with taking a train or bus some place while he had the car for the day.

Thank you!

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I think ramblin' on is referring to Royal St George's in Kent, Sandwich to be exact.

Yup - early morning copy-and-paste catastrophe!

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When you are in the northern Cotswolds you could swap around and drop him off (warning the carpark is steep in parts) at Cleeve Hill Golf Club and you could have the day at a garden, like Hidcote, or in various villages, and go back to collect him and have a nice meal at the club. https://www.cleevehillgolfclub.co.uk/ On top of Cleeve Hill between Winchcombe and Prestbury / Bishops Cleeve. When I was a boy we used to take the dog up there - a Dalmatian needs room to run and there's plenty. We always kept him from the sheep.

The views are magnificent and the course is a real challenge with the winds, the livestock, the dips and hollows, ah and the wind.

Have a look at the website

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North Wales - and I immediately think about Porth Dinlaen near the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, which must be one of the most dramatic settings imaginable foir a golf course... You could go for a walk around the peninsula along the coastal path while he is playing or stop off at Ty Coch Inn on the beach for a drink too.

Not far away is Portmeirion - the brain child of a very quirky architect, Sir Clough Williams Ellis, who wanted to show how an area like this could be developed without spoiling its natural beauty. He did this over 50 years by creating an eye striking Italianate style village, using pieces from demolished buildings. This is a photographers delight to walk around as it is all about visula stimulation using buildings and vegetation to draw the eye into intimate pictures. Each time you move, the vista changes. It is impossible to explain, you have to go and experience it yourself! It is stunning what he's created.

He lived close by at Plas Brondanw. The house is now open as an art gallery, but it is the gardens which are still the main attraction. He used exactly the same architectural techniques but using trees, hedges, shrubs, statues etc to form the vistas.

There are also Bodnant Gardens near Conwy which are wonderful. If it is a late spring, the Laburnum arch may still be in flower.

Further down the Peninsula in Llanbedrog is Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre

You also have the ruined castles of Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Harlech, as well as the mock Norman Penryn Castle - bling at its best inside....

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In northern Wales he can also play at Conwy Golf Club (if you follow golf, the Curtis Cup was played there last year). I dropped my husband off, then spent a couple of hours at Bodnant Gardens, which wasleys mentioned.
We started our trip with a few days in London and did not want to fool with hauling golf clubs into the city. We used a luggage storage place in Terminal 3 at Heathrow, I believe it was £45 for four days. Well worth it.

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My husband is very excited and pleased with the suggestions you shared so far! Thank you so much!

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Picking up on Katheryne's comment about Conwy.... You could easily spend quite a lot of time in Conwy itself which is a medieval walled town with an amazing ruined Castle - one of my top favourites. You can walk along part of the town walls too. In the centre of Conwy is Plas Mawr which is one of the best examples of an unspoilt Elizabethan town house. You can also walk over the old Toll bridge across the river and visit the toll keeper's cottage.