No 96 - Nefyn & District - Old

Nefyn & District Old course is simply a cliff-top stunner. Besides the unforgettable views, a dramatic experience is made even better with the reasonable green fees


Architect: Taylor 2006 position: New entry Stats: 6,267 yds; par 70; SSS 71 GF: £37-£60 T: 01758 720966 W: (opens in new tab)

In terms of sheer visual drama, possibly only Old Head can surpass this North Wales cliff-top stunner.

Little surprise that the “Golf Wales” tourist board campaign turns to Nefyn photographically to promote the game in the Principality.

There are 26 holes – a front 10, then alternative back eights, of which the Old, played over a slender, snaking peninsula known as “The Point” jutting into the Irish Sea, is the only serious choice for anyone wishing to savour the full Nefyn experience.

One of my favourite places to play, and my only regret is not having found time to visit more often. JE

+ Spectacular views; unforgettable experience; reasonable green fees - Exposed to the elements; golfers and walkers have to share the peninsula

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Jeremy Ellwood
Contributing Editor

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...

Jezz can be contacted via Twitter - @JezzEllwoodGolf

Jeremy is currently playing...

Driver: Ping G425 LST 10.5˚ (draw setting), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 55 S shaft

3 wood: Ping G425 Max 15˚ (set to flat +1), Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65 S shaft

Hybrid: Ping G425 17˚, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Orange 80 S shaft

Irons 3-PW: Ping i525, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 50˚ and 54˚, 12˚ bounce, True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 R300 shafts

Putter: Ping Fetch 2021 model, 33in shaft (set flat 2)

Ball: Varies but mostly now TaylorMade Tour Response