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Pennard Castle and Golf Course

Pennard is a village and community on the south of the Gower Peninsula, about 7 miles south west of Swansea city centre. It falls within the Pennard electoral ward of Swansea.

Description and amenities[edit]

The village has a church, health centre, library, a primary school and a golf course. To the west are the 12th-century ruins of Pennard Castle.

Pennard Golf Club[edit]

Pennard Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course known as the "links in the sky"[1] due to its lofty views over the coast and Pennard Sand Dunes. Described variously as "intimidating"[2] and only second in beauty to the Langland Bay Golf Club,[1] the club invited golf architect Tom Doak to rebuild and redesign its bunkers in 2015.[3]

St Mary's Churches[edit]

St Mary's Church, Pennard

The parish church of Pennard, St Mary's, post dates an earlier medieval church of the same name near to Pennard Castle.[4] The older church was abandoned in the 1500s and only the foundations remain.[5] The newer church was restored in 1847 and a porch added. Inside the church there is a Jacobean pulpit and font cover, as well as some 18th-century wall tablets. The church became Grade II listed in 1964.[5]

The poets Vernon Watkins (1906–1967), Harri Webb (1920–1994) and Nigel Jenkins (1949–2014) are buried in the churchyard.[6]

Local politics[edit]

Pennard lies in the Gower parliamentary constituency and Wales Assembly constituency. The Pennard ward elects a councillor to the City and County of Swansea council.

The Pennard community (civil parish) includes the nearby villages of Southgate and Kittle. It elects a Community council of fourteen members.[7] It made the Swansea news in 2013 when the chairman resigned in the January, after other councillors expressed concerns about the running of the council.[8]

The community of Pennard is twinned with Passage West in the Republic of Ireland.[9]


  1. ^ a b Tansley, Craig (24 March 2016). "The green, green grass of Tom Jones' home". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ "18 golf holes in South West Wales that will challenge and delight the most demanding of players". South Wales Evening Post. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  3. ^ Lawrence, Adam (22 November 2015). "Pennard appoints Tom Doak to consult on bunker rebuilding work". Golf Course Architecture. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  4. ^ Remains Of St Mary's Church, Pennard, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Retrieved 2016-03-24
  5. ^ a b "Church of St Mary, Pennard, Pennard". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  6. ^ Osmond, John (12 February 2014). "Farewell to poet who held close his vision for Wales". Click on Wales. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  7. ^ Councillors, Pennard Community Council. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  8. ^ "Councillors exonerated over "bullying letter" to Pennard Community Council chairman". South Wales Evening Post. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  9. ^ "A renewal of links?", Pennard Life, Autumn/Winter 2013, page 38.

Coordinates: 51°34′44″N 4°04′16″W / 51.579°N 4.071°W / 51.579; -4.071