Bangor St Deiniol’s
Why play here?
Perched on a hilltop overlooking Bangor, the views from this course alone make it worthy of a visit. From Bangor St Deiniol’s highest points, you can glimpse awe-inspiring vistas across Anglesey, Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. The golf is just as impressive. With tight, gorse-hemmed fairways and plenty of blind holes, this is a course that requires precision over power. The par-three fourth is a perfect example. Playing from an elevated tee to a low-lying green, a drift to the right into a large grass bunker makes recovery difficult. Give it a bit too much and the sheer drop behind means you’ll probably never see your ball again.
Did you know?
Laid out by legendary course designer James Braid, St Deiniol has recently been one of the driving forces behind the creation of the James Braid Trail in North Wales. St Deiniol has joined with Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Nefyn, Holyhead, Maesdu, Old Colwyn, Rhyl and Wrexham to showcase the best of Braid’s work in this part of the country. Famous for incorporating the natural lay of the land into his designs, his fingerprints are very much in evidence at St Deiniol. Originally set out in 1906, the course now feels like a natural extension of the rugged surrounding landscape.
What the players say
‘An ancient hilltop layout that could hold its own against any as the most scenic course in the UK. With magnificent vistas to the Snowdonia mountains, down the coast and over the Menai Straits to Anglesey itself, the scenery needn’t be a distraction here, just a wonderful addition to what is a unique and natural layout. The holes at the furthest extremity of the course are stunning with gorse-lined fairways and bumps and rolls that make course management a pre-requisite. The 14th is like no hole you will play anywhere else: a 528–yard par–five with two blind shots before you get sight of the green then a daunting approach over a ravine to a raised green makes this one of the toughest holes in North Wales.’
Off the course
Bangor is the perfect base to explore some of the natural wonders of North Wales. Wrap yourself up for a brisk autumn walk in the mountains of Ogwen Valley and Nant Ffrancon, or stroll along seafront of the Menai Strait. There are man made wonders here too. The spectacular Menai Suspension Bridge linking Anglesey to mainland Wales is a marvel of 19th-century engineering, while Bangor’s Victorian pier is one of the few in the UK that remains largely unaltered since it first opened in.
For more information please visit Bangor St Deiniol Golf Club’s website