This itinerary has been designed as a base to explore some of the great golf courses of North Wales. With so much to do in the area of each course there is always the option to extend the itinerary to explore more.
Ever since it’s opening back in 1894 North Wales Golf Club has acquired itself a highly respected reputation having hosted every top regional event imaginable.
The course is situated on Llandudno's West Shore, overlooking the Conwy estuary to Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountain range, therefore it provides a quite stunning links test. It is a natural links course in every aspect with the front line similar to Troon, in that it runs alongside a railway line with the homeward stretch along the coast.
This course is invigorating and challenging and sure to offer an enjoyable round for all levels of player.
Accommodation for two nights: Bodysgallen Hall.
There are plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in and around the area of Llandudno to stay, one option is the Bodysgallen Hall.
Bodysgallen’s reputation precedes it as one of Britain’s top country house hotels. Lavish amounts of care and attention have been devoted to this distinguished 17th century house. Skilful, sympathetic restoration, antique furnishings, old paintings and fresh flowers everywhere combine to create an ambience of warmth and well-being.
The extensive grounds and gardens are equally magnificent, with terraced lawns, rose gardens and rare 17th century knot garden box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs. With such a rich heritage, it was entirely appropriate that Bodysgallen Hall made ground breaking news in September 2008 when it became the property of the National Trust by donation, with all profits benefiting the house and the charity.
Just 6 miles (9 km) from North Wales Golf Club is the championship course of Conwy Golf Club.
Conwy has given its name to a river, a mountain, a magnificent castle with a complete ring of medieval town walls and championship links golf course that played a distinctive role in two World Wars. Golf was being played on this flat spur of land at the mouth of the River Conwy in 1869 and a 12 hole course was built on this stretch of sand hills, ditches, gorse and fine old turf by 1875.
However, it was another 15 years before the club was officially formed. It became one of the foremost championship venues in Wales but, requisitioned as an army training camp, it was virtually destroyed between 1914-18. Members restored it to its former glory but in 1943 mysterious things started happening at the back of the second green - under great secrecy 900 workmen began building sections of the Mulberry Harbour which was launched into the river and shipped south to play its crucial role on D Day. Once more members brought it back to life and it has played a major role in championship golf ever since, the quality of its challenge matched by a spectacular setting between mountain, river and sea.
No hole in the world confronts the golfer with the distractions to be met on the par five 12th at Nefyn - it has a blind drive, a blind second shot, a public thoroughfare, a crater-sized pothole and a public house.
It also has sensational views but you may not notice while ensuring your first shots are accurate. As you follow your second over the brow, the pothole is to the left of a narrow road but you may face more of a hazard on the right because one glance over the cliff could ruin your round.
The seaside hamlet of Porthdinllaen is so pretty it has been preserved by the National Trust and there, right on the beach, is the Ty Coch (Red House) pub. It is the nearest to heaven most golfers are likely to get. Ten of Nefyn's holes run alongside the sea and the experience is such that the club's boast is that few people play there only once. It is one of the most beautifully situated courses in Britain but, as a true championship course, can be beastly to the wayward. Ian Woosnam ranks it among his favourites and holds the club record with a 67.
Accommodation for one night: Porth Tocyn Country House Hotel
An option for one nights accommodation is Porth Tocyn Country House Hotel in Abersoch. Traditional and timeless, a family run hotel with an exemplary track record. Individuality is a strong point – this is no bland, boring country house. Sensational coastal location, with views to match. A reputation for excellent food.
There are many other options for places to stay in the area.
The course is situated in Morfa Bychan, 3 miles away from the harbour town of Porthmadog and created at the turn of the century by James Braid. The course has two distinct halves, the front nine are away from the coast and although the soil is sandy the terrain is more accurately described as heathland. The back nine are pure links and have stunning views of Cardigan Bay coastline and Snowdonia Mountain range and have the presence of water making itself felt on five of the holes.
Accommodation option for two nights: Castle Cottage Inn, Harlech.
The main building dates from about 1585, one of four buildings in a row at the top of Y Llech which is a very steep road behind Harlech Castle.
The restaurant at Castle Cottage is recommended in the major food guides. They have steadily built up a reputation for good food, both locally and with visitors to the area.
A former president of Royal St. David's put it perfectly: "Harlech is a magical place". So it is. Deep in Merlin country, the course is in the shadow of the towering castle built by Edward I in the 13th century to keep the Welsh in check.
Royal St. David's, is the home of a traditional links course, the undulating fairways and fast true greens are all that would be expected of a championship links course and means this course would be counted in any list of the world's best courses. When the castle was built, the sea lapped the rocks beneath it but over the centuries retreated to leave the expanse of natural links land that was never meant to be anything but a great golf course.
Only twice do successive holes proceed in the same direction so the wind invariably spreads trouble among the dunes and although it is not long, it has been described by professionals as the world’s toughest par 69. Host to many championships in its time and favoured by all manner of men - in 1934, King George V was Patron and the Prince of Wales was Captain - Royal St David's has rewarded many a long journey with a unique experience.