A region of panorama and natural splendour, North Wales is characterised by the stunning Snowdonia mountain ranges and the dramatic sweep of the Llyn Peninsula.
Amongst the surreal surroundings, the region incompasses no less than 50 courses and, in particular, a host of well-respected championship parkland and links tracks.
One of the most memorable of links experiences can be enjoyed at the Nefyn and District Golf Club. The James Braid and JH Taylor-design posseses a marvelous final eight holes, named ‘The Point’, where a narrow peninsula with sea on one side and sandy beaches on the other challenge the nerve of any golfer. The welcoming Ty Coch Inn, situated below the 16th fairway offers golfers some Dutch courage for the remaining holes.
If you want a variety of top-quality golf holes, then Porthmadog on the West coast will be a delight. Porthmadog combines a front-nine of heathland holes with a pure links back-nine that is regularly compared to the layout at Royal Troon. The views from the cliff-top 13th green are truly breathtaking, while the fascinating par-4 14th hole is a test that must be sampled.
Further up the map, onto the North coast, is the prestigious Conwy Golf Club, which, for over a century has been viewed as one of Wales’ top links courses. Measuring almost 7000 yards from the championship tees, Conwy, in 2006, was the first club to host an Open Championship qualifying event. The par-3 13th will take some beating, with the backdrop of Conwy Mountain providing the most stupendous of settings.
And for refreshing views, look no further than the parkland course of Abergele. With the combination of refreshing coastal views and the spectacular backdrop of Gwrych Castle, this North-coast beauty will live long in the memory. The signature 18th hole, a double dogleg, provides perplexing views and the complete golfing experience.
Further North, on the dazzling Isle of Anglesey, lies Holyhead. Only one mile from the port and with scenic looks of the Snowdonia range, this heathland course challenges the golfer with 18 championship holes accompanied by widely-regarded quality greens.
Nearer the English border you’ll find the superb parkland track of Vale of Llangollen. Towering hillsides surmount this equally impressive championship course – one of a few Welsh venues to hold an HSBC Gold Medal ranking. The River Dee, which runs along numerous holes, presents visitors with the fantastic option of a combined fishing and golfing break.
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