James Braid along with Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor, formed Britain's Great Triumvirate of the early 20th century. James Braid won The Open Championship 5 times (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910) as well as four British PGA Matchplay Championships (1903, 1905, 1907 and 1911) and the 1910 French Open title. He was also runner-up in The Open Championship in 1897 and 1909. His 1906 victory in The Open Championship was the last successful defence of the title by a European until Pádraig Harrington replicated the feat in 2008. James Braid designed over 400 golf courses and his design principles are still used by modern day course architects. Excellent examples of his imaginative work to produce challenging courses in a wide variety of picturesque settings can be found in the seven clubs represented in the South Wales James Braid Trail. The Trail is in a compact geographical area ( 90 miles east to west and 40 miles north to south) so driving distances between golf clubs are relatively short thus giving the opportunity to play a number of the courses in any one visit.
The South Wales Braid Golf Trail Courses
The cliff top location allows extensive views of the attractive Gower coastline, and is a 6026yd eighteen hole par 70 course founded in 1904.
A scenic moorland setting in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons this is an eighteen hole 6320yd par 71 course.
Links golf has been played at Tenby since at least 1875 but was formally founded in 1888. A 6528yd par 72 eighteen hole course.
Established in 1934 and based largely on an undulating plateau, an eighteen hole heathland, par 72 6490yd course with panoramic 360 degree views to surrounding countryside and over Swansea Bay.
'The links in the sky’ at 200ft above sea-level this is a par 71 6267yd course founded in 1896 having lovely views to countryside and coastal scenery.