If you still have any golfing energy left, try and find time for a couple more games before heading home on the A55, the impressive trunk road that can whisk you back to the main UK motorway network in next to no time via a series of bridges, tunnels and occasional cliff-hugging stretches.
Maesdu and North Wales Golf Clubs lie just the other side of the Conwy estuary, with the latter’s ruggedly natural links barely two holes wide between railway and estuary for a spell around the turn. A few miles further east, the beautiful parkland layout at Abergele just off the A55 offers a very pleasant alternative to the region’s acclaimed coastal golf.
As almost everywhere in Wales, there are castles and steam railways round every corner. The imposing strongholds at Conwy and Caernarfon are among the most impressive in the land, while the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways combine to transport holidaymakers some 40 miles through the beautiful North Wales countryside. For the ultimate holiday railway experience though, let the train take the strain to the very summit of North Wales via the Snowdon Mountain Railway which has been ferrying the less energetically minded 3,560ft up since the late 19th century.
One thing’s for sure – wherever you decide to tee it up here, you’ll be savouring more of Wales’ renowned ‘golf as it should be’. All the courses on this extended road trip have been hugely enjoyable and often spectacular; the people have, without fail, been friendly and welcoming; the fairways have invariably been uncrowded; the costs have been modest relative to comparable courses elsewhere; and the backdrops have been stunning, whether gazing up towards mountains, across rolling green countryside, or out to sea.
This particular journey may now be complete but although I have successfully golfed my way up from the Valleys to North Wales, I have inevitably only really scratched the surface of what golf in Wales has to offer. I have no doubt I’ll be back soon to explore further, and I heartily recommend that you consider doing likewise.
Where to stay, play and visit in North Wales: