Why play here? Holywell provides some extremely rugged golf that is a far cry from some of Wales’s more ‘civilised’ courses. Laid out on undulating terrain some 800 feet above sea level, its hazards include thickets of gorse, disused quarries and even the odd sheep. Each hole has an individual personality that requires players to constantly adapt their game, while the course’s elevated position means the wind offers a shifting challenge on every round. Did you know? The course is over 100 years old, but was extensively remodelled into its current layout in 1991. It is effectively a links course, though its hilltop setting is very different to the traditional coastal location of most links. Natural hazards such as grass bunkers and thick undergrowth provide a considerable challenge for golfers of all abilities. A particular highlight is the par three 15th hole which is all carry over a deep former quarry. What the players say? ‘Wow, what an interesting course! The views are breathtaking across to the Clwydian range and they told us in the clubhouse that Snowdon was visible on a very clear day. They have obviously been working hard on the greens as the roll was close to perfect. We had a great meal in the clubhouse and a couple pints of a guest ale known as 'Dirty Tackle'. This course is well worth a try.’ J Michaels, www.ukgolfguide.com Off the course The town of Holywell is otherwise known as the ‘Lourdes of Wales’ due to the holy well of St Winefride that gives it is name. It has been a destination of pilgrimage since the 7th century and still attracts visitors to this day. You shouldn’t miss the Pontycystlle aqueduct, which carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee. The aqueduct is the Wales’s most recently designated World Heritage Site and offers dizzying views into the valley below its majestic span. For more information please visit the Holywell Golf Club website. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Golf as it should be What makes a great golfing experience? We asked players what ‘golf as it should be’ meant to them. A Celtic Manor getaway The extraordinary Celtic Manor is a brilliant place for an action-packed getaway. Not your average round Unique Welsh golfing experiences. 2010 Ryder Cup in numbers Discover seven facts about the building and design of the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort. UK Operators UK based golf operators offering Welsh tailor-made golfing arrangements. Welsh Operators Pan-Wales golf operators offering West, South, Mid & North Wales packages.