Golf on the Isle of Anglesey
There’s golfing gold to be discovered on the Isle of Anglesey. And away from the courses you’ll find an unspoilt coastline protected as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. If you’re unfamiliar with the area the island is easy to get to by road and rail bridge (no ferry crossing required).
Making the cut
Wave mainland Wales goodbye at Bangor and cross one of the bridges over the Menai Strait to Anglesey. You’ll soon come to Henllys Golf Club, Beaumaris, a par 71 heathland course dotted with parkland trees and natural water hazards. This relative newcomer, founded in 1996, has matured well, and from its elevated position it boasts superb views across to the mountains of Snowdonia.
Continue anti-clockwise around the island to Bull Bay Golf Club, Amlwch, Wales’s most northerly course. It’s ‘nature’s gift to golfers’, a par 70 coastal heathland course spread over a headland sitting high above the sea. This testing championship course will keep you on your toes, for no two holes are the same as the lush fairways climb and fall, twist and turn between rock and gorse, upland and vale. In the words of the club motto, ‘Her De gar Hen Dir’, it’s an ‘honest challenge on ancient land’.
Holyhead is a major Irish Sea port – good news for our friends from across the water who catch the ferry from Dublin or Dun Laoghaire to play golf on Anglesey. They should start by teeing off at Holyhead Golf Club, Trearddur Bay. This heathland par 71 course, designed by James Braid, is noted for top-quality greens that play well throughout the year – and a deceptive nature. From a distance it looks relatively tame; close up, you’ll face extremely narrow, undulating fairways and rough that lives up to its name – balls are swallowed up by the thick gorse, heather and bracken. To cap it all, there’s often the added challenge of a stiff wind whipping in off the Irish Sea.
You’ve almost come full circle when you arrive at Anglesey Golf Club, Rhosneigr. This interesting par 70 links course is set amongst dunes and heathland at a small, classy seaside resort that’s typical of Anglesey. Like Holyhead, it’s renowned for its excellent greens and boasts good year-round playability thanks to sandy soils that drain well. It’s flat but challenging with an even nature that’s a fair test for golfers of all abilities.
Need to know
For accommodation, Beaumaris has an exceptionally wide choice of places to stay – everything from historic inns to guest houses, country house hotels to boutique boltholes. Trearddur Bay is another convenient base.