Golf in North Wales
North Wales golf ambassador Roger Lewis explains why his part of the world is worthy of greater golfing attention.
We’re very strong on our links courses in North Wales. We’ve got some fairly well known clubs like Nefyn, Royal St David’s, Conwy, as well as some lesser-known ones such as Abersoch, Pwllheli and Porthmadog. To a certain extent they are all hidden gems, because they aren’t as widely recognised on the golf circuit as they deserve to be. There really is a great choice. In the Llandudno area alone you’ve got North Wales, Maesdu, Conwy and Rhos-on-Sea, plus nine-hole courses like Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.
Nefyn and District Golf Club, Snowdonia
The links courses here can stand alongside their more famous peers in Ireland and Scotland – after all, most of them were designed by the same architects. For example, we’ve got the North Wales James Braid Trail, a group of 10 courses laid out or modified by a designer who is very well known for his work in Scotland.
The climate is pretty good too. Even with the terrible winter we’ve had this year, most of the courses have been open most of the time. They’re great value too. Considering the quality of the courses here, the green fees are extremely reasonable. The clubs are becoming more and more friendly and creating more opportunities for visitors to try them out. They’re all working to improve facilities and become more welcoming and accessible.
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North Wales Golf Club, Llandudno
Visitors can also access a great choice of accommodation in towns like Llandudno, plus there are major attractions like the Snowdonia National Park. In this part of the world, there’s much more to do than just play golf.
Of all the years I’ve been promoting golf in Wales I can’t remember anyone saying that they’ve had a bad experience. It’s just that they didn’t know about what was on offer. Once they’ve been here, they keep coming back again and again. It’s just about getting the message out there.