North Wales golf courses: highlights gallery

Enjoy our gallery of some of North Wales' finest and most scenic golf courses

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With some of Wales' finest coastal and mountain scenery as a backdrop, it's no surprise that North Wales golf courses are among the country's most dramatic

Nefyn & District

Few courses can rival the final eight holes on the Old routing at Nefyn for sheer drama, as they wend their rollercoaster way along a slender peninsula called The Point. Understandably the most photographed of North Wales golf courses.

Dramatic holes and views all around at Nefyn

Dramatic holes and views all around at Nefyn

North Wales

This wonderful linksy course in Llandudno, close to the Great Orme, boasts a famous criss-cross par-3 duo on 16 and 17, intriguingly christened O.L. and L.O. Most members would apparently pay good money to par both in any sort of breeze.

North Wales's back nine par3- duo - O.L. and L.O.

North Wales's back nine par3- duo - O.L. and L.O.

Conwy

A splendid links with views out to sea, and inland to the hills that rise majestically to the south. Room to manoeuvre early on, but the gorse closes in down the final stretch, placing a growing premium on accuracy.

Wonderful backdrops whether out to sea or inland at Conwy

Wonderful backdrops whether out to sea or inland at Conwy

Bull Bay

W Herbert Fowler’s solitary Welsh creation is a wonderful gorse-lined course set high above Bull Bay on the north coast of Anglesey, with wonderful views out over the Irish Sea and even across to the Isle of Man on a clear day. Excellent downhill finishing hole.

Bull Bay is perched high above the north Anglesey coast

Bull Bay is perched high above the north Anglesey coast

Pwllheli

Set on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula, this wonderful course that mixes pure links golf with tree-lined parkland holes, was an Old Tom Morris nine-holer originally, extended to 18 over a century ago by five-time Open champion, James Braid.

Pwllheli is a mix of true links and parkland holes

Pwllheli is a mix of true links and parkland holes

Porthmadog

Porthmadog is another North Wales hybrid layout, this time combining a heathland front nine with a back nine that serves up some of the purest links golf in the country. The cliff-top 13th green and the par 4 that follows – Himalayas – are among the highlights.

The back nine at Porthmadog plays over wonderfully natural links terrain

The back nine at Porthmadog plays over wonderfully natural links terrain

Abersoch

Abersoch is yet another North Wales course with a real mix of holes, this time blending Harry Vardon’s original links nine with a new nine a little further inland that has more of a parkland feel. Excellent views out over the coast and away to the distant Snowdonian mountains.

The original Vardon links nine was complemented by nine new holes at Abersoch in 1992

The original Vardon links nine was complemented by nine new holes at Abersoch in 1992

Criccieth

A lovely little nine-holer on the south of the Llyn laid out by James Braid in 1905 with wonderful view from the 9th tee. Proof that courses don’t have to be blessed with enormous length to be both testing and great fun.

Criccieth: short but sweet, and with great views

Criccieth: short but sweet, and with great views
Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...