Why play here?
It may boast only nine holes, but Dolgellau’s course makes a convincing claim to being the prettiest in Wales. Overlooked by mighty Cadair Idris – at 893m/2,930ft, one of the country’s tallest mountains – and with stunning views across the Mawddach Estuary, a round here is nothing short of spectacular. The golf lives up to the surroundings and will be particularly enjoyable for players who favour power over precision. It’s a challenge all the way round, climaxing in a tricky final shot to the tunnelled ninth green.
Did you know?
Before the golf course was built in 1910, Dolgellau was the unlikely scene of a miniature Welsh gold rush. At its peak in the 19th century, local mines employed more than 500 workers. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to last as the seam proved too small to be truly profitable. However, the reserve of pure Welsh gold found at Clogau St Davids mine is traditionally used to make rings for Royal weddings, most recently for William and Kate in 2011.
What the players say
‘A course well looked after. The greens – small but correctly proportionate to the fairways – were in fantastic condition, as too the fairways. The course itself was laid out with thought and would test any golfer what ever standard, yet to some one like me who does not play often still provided an enjoyable game. We liked it so much we returned the next day for another nine holes. It’s a pity you are so far away from where we live else we would join. We will be back and once again thank you.’
Steve Humpherson, www.dolgellaugolfclub.com
Off the course
Get on your bike on the Mawddach Trail, a gentle 10-mile cycle route along a disused railway line and across Barmouth’s iconic bridge. Alternatively, put your best foot forward with a walk on Cadair Idris. There are plenty to choose from – everything from hardcore hikes to easier mountain strolls. At nearby Machynlleth, visit the Centre for Alternative Technology http://www.cat.org.uk/index.html . It’s a fascinating exploration of sustainable living, complete with a huge range of interactive exhibits and innovative ideas.
For more information, please visit the Dolgellau Golf Club website.