Snowdonia & the Lleyn Peninsula - Golf Courses & Clubs
Porthmadog Golf Club
Porthmadog Golf Club is situated only a mile or so from Portmeirion, designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the style of an Italian village; it has served as the location for numerous films and television programmes, most famously as The Village in the original 1960s version of The Prisoner. The 6322 yard par 71 course offers an intriguing mixture of heath and links for the discerning golfer. Created in 1905, the course has two distinct halves. The front nine are away from the coast and although the soil is sandy the terrain is more accurately described as heath. The back nine head for the sea with some beautiful scenery and the course is transformed into pure links.
Criccieth Golf Club
This elevated hilltop course is noted for the tranquillity of its surroundings and the panoramic views over the Cambrian Coast and the view from the 9th tee is one of the most magnificent you'll see anywhere. It offers excellent fairways in full view of the Snowdonia mountain range and sweeping down towards the historic coastal town of Criccieth and the sea at Cardigan Bay. The course measures 5034 par 67 and is a challenging test for any level of golfer.
Pwllheli Golf Club
Set on the south facing coastline of the spectacular Cardigan Bay, this is one of the finest courses in North Wales. The 6,100 yards par 69 course is unique in that it combines tree-lined parkland golf with links golf. The course will challenge even the best of golfers as well as ensuring that you get to experience golf in a fantastic setting. After a testing but enjoyable round of golf, visitors can unwind in the clubhouse which is within yards of the sea with balconies that boast fantastic views over the heritage coastline of Cardigan Bay, the beautiful landscape that is the Llyn Peninsula and of course, the world class mountain ranges of Snowdonia.
Abersoch Golf Club
This 18 hole course has a mixture of both links and parkland with many testing holes and wonderful views overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Snowdonia mountain range. The signature 3rd hole is a 246 yard par 3 with an elevated tee and panoramic views requiring an accurate drive over both gorse and a water hazard to a sloping green with a bunkers waiting. The unique microclimate offers golf 365 days a year.
Nefyn & District Golf Club
How many golf courses can boast that their origins lay in the bar of a small, remote pub on a secluded beach nestling spectacularly along an isolated piece of rugged coastline, and with a world famous mountain range as its backdrop? The Nefyn and District Golf Course can do just that and what is more, today's visiting golfers can break off from their round on the 16th hole and still enjoy the same hospitality at the Ty Coch Inn on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula as the Club's founder members enjoyed over 100 years ago. A unique 26 hole golf course with a view of the sea from every tee; eight holes are played on the now world-famous, well-photographed 'Point' - a narrow peninsula with the holes surrounded on one side by secluded coves, rocky outcrops and the sea and on the other by a glorious stretch of sandy beach and a pub. Plus a backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range to the east and, on a clear sunny evening, 57 miles away, the Wicklow mountains of southern Ireland to the west.
Caernarfon Golf Club
Sitting between the Mountains of Eryri and the Menai Straits, the club can boast some magnificent views. Having been established for over 100 years it has true running greens and some challenging holes. Standing on the 1st tee you will find it difficult to think of a better place to start a round. The course has wonderful panoramic views of the Snowdonia mountain range with equally stunning views of Anglesey and some of its beaches. Although in close proximity to the sea, Caernarfon is a parkland course, with lush fairways; 18 hole, 6017 yards, par 69.
Tyddyn Mawr Golf Club
Tyddyn Mawr is a 2042 yard nine hole pay as you play course set on undulating parkland near the village of Llanrug, which is three miles north-east of Caernarfon. The course is the dreamchild of the late Meirion Hughes, who was keen to provide golfing opportunities for all, including providing an opportunity for young people to take up the game.
St Deiniol Golf Club, Bangor
St. Deiniol is considered as one of the premier golf courses in North Wales; set overlooking the city of Bangor with unprecedented views of Anglesey, Snowdonia and the North Wales coast, this 18-hole championship standard course sets the benchmark for even the most seasoned golfer. It offers a challenging course, a majestic clubhouse, a golf shop to offer guidance and equipment along with clubhouse staff who are eager to make a visit memorable.
Silver Birch Golf Course
Only a stone's throw away from the A55 between Abergele and Colwyn Bay, Silver Birch Golf Club in Betws yn Rhos offers two 9-hole courses for golfers of all abilities to relax and enjoy the game. Situated within a picturesque rural village, visitors can enjoy stunning views of both the sea and the mountains. Silver Birch has become one of the most popular 'Pay & Play' courses on the North Wales golfing scene - you can play the Front 9 or the Back 9 or combine both for a full 18 holes of golf.
Betws-y-Coed Golf Club
Betws-y-Coed Golf Club is located at the edge of the village so popular with visitors to the Snowdonia National Park. The 9 hole course is open to members and non-members, and is the perfect base for a golfing holiday. Aesthetically the course is a delight, commanding stunning views of the Conwy Valley and Snowdonia Mountain Range. It is also home to a wide variety of natural wildlife.
Ffestiniog Golf Club
Situated on the outskirts of the village about 900 feet above sea level, Clwb Golff Ffestiniog, formed in 1893, is one of the highest golf courses in Wales. With picturesque views of the surrounding area, this 9 hole course has many natural features and hazards. This par 68 course measures 4,602 metres from the Gents tees and 3,878 metres from the Ladies tees.
Bala Golf Club
Bala Golf Club is a 10-hole course laid out on a plateau nearly 1000 feet above sea level. It commands wide sweeps of picturesque countryside embracing the Arenig Range to the north, the Aran Range to the south-west with the Berwyn Range running west to east. Immediately below the course is the famed and beautiful Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), the largest natural lake in Wales from which emerges the River Dee.
Royal St David's Golf Club, Harlech
Nationally and internationally renowned, Royal St David's is one of Wales' premier golf courses. It provides a challenging test of golf in a breathtaking setting in the most beautiful and scenic part of the Principality and is dominated by the brooding presence of Harlech Castle. Established in 1894, Royal St David's Golf Club is the home of one of the finest traditional links courses in the world. The undulating fairways and fast true greens are all that would be expected of a championship links course. The Club hosts National and International Tournaments, including the Ladies European Tour and the European Seniors Tour. In 2013 the Club welcomed the prestigious R&A sponsored Jacques Leglise Trophy between GB&I Boys and the Boys of Continent of Europe.
Dolgellau Golf Club
Set amidst spectacular mountain backdrops, Dolgellau Golf Club is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in Wales. Do not be fooled by its lack of length, this 9 hole course with alternating tees for the second nine provides a true test of golf for all standards of golfer. Its small and well protected greens will reward a good straight shot and the free draining land means superb playing conditions can be maintained even in wet weather ensuring year round play. The course is overlooked by Cadair Idris, one of the highest mountains in Wales and the top 6 holes provide stunning views of the Mawddach estuary and beyond.
Aberdyfi Golf Club
Three of the legendary architects of the early C20th - Colt, Braid & Fowler have all had a hand in shaping Aberdyfi as it stands today. However, it is the untamed elements of the natural rolling links that has had the greatest role in creating the course. The coastal setting with its ever changing tides and winds ensures that conditions alter on a frequent basis. Club selection is therefore all the more important. You will need every club in the bag - and probably more than one way to play them.
Machynlleth Golf Club
This much loved nine hole heathland course is situated on the outskirts of the historic market town; surrounded by attractive mountain scenery, there are splendid views from every part of the course. Golf at Machynlleth, means golf in idyllic surroundings, with easy walking and an uncrowded course. In spring and early summer, the course is at its best with colour from the gorse and rhododendrons and the occasional red kite circling overhead. The course is challenging, is a lot of fun to play and provides a good test of golf for players of all levels. A new short course has been developed and this delightful new addition is made up three greens, each with three new tees; it is an ideal course for beginners and juniors to practice their skills.
Llanfairfechan Golf Club
Llanfairfechan Golf Club is a neat 3119 yard nine-holer parkland course with its fair share of twists and turns and, although short, you'll be required to hit a variety of shots in order to score well. Its best characteristic is probably its superb year-round condition as it enjoys a mild climate through most of the year.
Penmaenmawr Golf Club
With three mountains surrounding as a back drop and the coastline in front, Penmaenmawr is as challenging a nine-hole course in golf as it is stimulating in scenic beauty. The course is set up for all levels of golfers, low handicap players, medium handicap players and beginners and on its day can be forgiving as well as providing a real challenge to all. Located just to the north-east of the town, Pay & Play is available from Sunday to Friday and the occasional Saturday.
Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club
Conwy Golf is located along the North Wales coast, in the shadow of Conwy Mountain overlooking the estuary towards Llandudno’s Great Orme and with the Isle of Anglesey visible to the west. Approaching from the east on the A55, the Club is off the first exit after the Conwy tunnel - junction 17 for the A547. The ‘must play’ course on the North Wales coast is playable all year round and is the only British Open Qualifying venue in Wales. Over the past six years Conwy has hosted the prestigious European Amateur Team Championship in 2009, the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe in 2010 and its third European Senior tour event in August 2012.
North Wales Golf Club, Llandudno
North Wales Golf Club is situated in the resort town of Llandudno with excellent views over the Conwy estuary to Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountain range. It is a true Championship Links course , having previously hosted the Welsh Team Championships The Links run right along the coastline and there is an ever changing vista. On the outward holes can be seen the Vardre where battles were fought before and during the construction of Conwy Castle in the 12th century. The Eryri, Snowdonia mountains, loom over Conwy and across the sea to the island of Anglesey and Puffin Island. Sweeping further right and visible at the turn towards home is the Great Orme. Few other places could surpass this course for relaxation and enjoyment.
Llandudno Maesdu Golf Club
Situated less than a mile from the attractive Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno, Maesdu has 18 gently undulating holes that combine both parkland and links golf. The course is varied and interesting and can be enjoyed by players of all abilities; it enjoys captivating panoramic views of the curving Conwy Bay - from Great Orme Head to the dramatic mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. Visitors are assured a warm welcome in the Clubhouse with it’s comfortable bar, very popular restaurant and modern, well-equipped locker rooms.
Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club
The Club is situated between the holiday resorts of Colwyn Bay and Llandudno. It is quite literally a seaside course located on the promenade Rhos-on-Sea with its open aspect being enhanced by inland views of nearby hills and Snowdonia beyond. An 18-hole parkland course of 5965 yards, small lakes attract an interesting and increasing variety of wildlife and also provide a resting place for many a wayward golf ball. The course lies on ground reputed to be the original bed of the River Conwy; in the garden of a house to the side of the 17th green is a plaque denoting the spot from which Prince Madoc set sail for America in 1170AD, over 300 years before Columbus.
Old Colwyn Golf Club
A 9 hole parkland course positioned just 2 minutes from the A55, Old Colwyn has stunning views out over the Irish Sea and of the mountains of Snowdonia. Designed by the legendary golfer and 5 times Open Champion James Braid, the course was opened in 1907. The strength of Old Colwyn is not only the course, but the Club itself. You will be sure of a warm welcome if you chose to use the friendly club house after your round.
Abergele Golf Club
One of the most picturesque courses in Wales with the magnificent backdrop of Gwrych Castle and with magnificent coastal views, Abergele remains a firm favourite with both members and visitors from all over the world. Established in its present position in 1968, this 18 hole parkland course boasts many enviable features and the club has maintained its reputation with the completion of a huge project which saw construction of new greens to ensure they are smooth and dry all year round.