Why play here?
Bull Bay packs a huge amount of variety into its 6276 yards. Playing between rocky outcrops and thickets of gorse, golfers find fresh and unique challenges at every turn. Third hole ‘Lle Mynno’r Gwynt’ (which roughly translated means ‘where the wind cares to roam’) demands unusual precision. Playing into the wind, a small ravine threatens the under-hit shot while impenetrable rough awaits any ball struck with too much power. By contrast, 11th hole ‘Nebo’ invites a big drive, despite the risks posed by its narrowing fairway.
Did you know?
Situated on the rugged north coast of Anglesey, Bull Bay is Wales’s northernmost golf club. Established in 1913, it was designed by William Herbert Fowler, one of the most renowned course architects of the pre-First World War era. Fowler had a reputation as an eccentric character with an unusual approach to golf, sometimes using an iron to sink his putts. He was also a ferocious striker of the ball, reputedly able to drive almost as far as legendary Open champion and fellow course designer James Braid.
What the players say
'For several years I've been travelling to Anglesey at least once a year to play Bull Bay. It's a challenge for any golfer, with too many card-wrecking holes to mention. It isn't a links, but has a number of clifftop holes moulded into the rugged landscape. The fairways aren't particularly narrow, but the rough is so close and severe that accuracy is essential for survival. If the wind is blowing on the first, aim 40 yards left to stay on the fairway!'
Greg Moran, Golf Monthly magazine
Off the course
Nearby Bryn Celli Ddu is one of Wales’s most fascinating prehistoric sites. This rare example of a Welsh henge is covered by a later burial mound, giving a tantalising glimpse of changing beliefs in Neolithic times. A very different example of man’s impact on the land can be seen at Parys Mountain, where millennia of copper mining have created a stark and otherworldly landscape. Visitors can explore the strange terrain via waymarked trails or even peek underground if they’re feeling more adventurous.
For more information please visit the Bull Bay Golf Club website.