Why play here?
For sheer wow factor, it’s hard to top Nefyn. The final eight holes of the Old Course are laid out on a narrow strip of land projecting into the Irish Sea. With sheer cliffs to each side and constantly shifting winds, a round here is often likened to playing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s a rugged and frequently breathtaking challenge, featuring drives across yawning chasms where a misplaced shot often means a lost ball.
Did you know?
Many courses let you wet your whistle at a ‘19th hole’ but not many allow you do it mid-round. Players at Nefyn can break off between the 15th and the 16th for some refreshment at the Ty Coch Inn. Situated on Porthdinllaen beach in the course’s shadow, the Inn’s connection with Nefyn goes way back. It was a meeting here in 1907 that led to the club’s foundation.
What the players say
‘Without doubt the best fun I've had on a golf course. With views up to Holyhead and across to Ireland on a clear day there is no better place to be than on the final eight holes of the Old Course. With the ocean waiting for every faded tee shot and a stiff sea breeze to guide your ball OB it was the ultimate challenge of golf and shot making. If you can walk off a course having carded double your handicap, losing four balls and feeling wind chapped with a massive smile and maybe even a chuckle you know you've played somewhere special.’
Off the course
Weather permitting, take a boat trip to Bardsey Island, situated just off the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. Nature lovers can expect to spot seals, dolphins and rare seabirds. Bardsey is also a place of tremendous religious significance. Known as the ‘Island of 20,000 Saints’, it has been a site of pilgrimage since the first monastery was built there in 516 AD. Glasfryn Parc near Pwllheli offers a range of pulse-quickening activities, from quad-biking and go-karting to wakeboarding and kayaking. It is also home to a fantastic farm shop selling delicious local produce like Welsh Black beef and Llyn lamb.
For more information, visit the Nefyn & District Golf Club website.