Northern Exposure

Mandy Evans of Golf North Wales explains how a new festival is shining a light on one of the UK’s best places to play.

North Wales Golf Club Llandudno Conwy County North
North Wales Golf Club, Llandudno
The first North Wales Golf Festival takes place 29th Sept – 1st Oct. We saw similar events being held in different areas and thought we could come up with something of our own, both as a really enjoyable golfing occasion and a way of showcasing the great golf we have here in North Wales.

It’s a three-day event. On day one, players start out on the links of Conwy in the afternoon. After the game, they’ll check into the Llandudno Bay Hotel in Llandudno (winner of Best Accommodation at the North Wales Tourism Awards). There’ll be a drinks reception and canapes before dinner where we’ll be joined by the pros and secretaries of the participating golf clubs for networking. On the second day, players will have a relaxing game and a choice of clubs to play either Maesdu or North Wales, before heading back for an evening of entertainment at the hotel. On the final day, they play Rhuddlan a parkland course, before we wrap things up with a two-course meal and a presentation. 

We think the choice of courses gives a great overview of what’s on offer along the North Wales Coast. Conwy is a coastal classic that’s hosting the Curtis Cup in 2020 and Maesdu & North Wales both championship courses near the Victorian resort of Llandudno. Rhuddlan is a parkland course which offers fine views over the Vale of Clwyd and is a regularly chosen venue for County and National Championships.

We want to show people that North Wales is a great place to be a golfer. I’m a member at Conwy, but we have a host of great links and parkland courses all in easy reach. The scenery is pretty spectacular too. There’s also the value for money you find here. If you play a course as good as Conwy just over the border towards Liverpool, you can expect to pay twice as much. You get a lot of bang for your buck in North Wales. It’s easy to get here too. We have lots of visitors from the north of England who just pop over for the day. Maesdu Golf Club Llandudno
Maesdu Golf Club, Llandudno

The festival is just one of the ways we work to promote golf in North Wales. We also have a range of golf passes that let people play a series of courses for reduced rates. The new Gateway to Wales pass, Six courses just over the border into Wales Hawarden, Holywell, Mold, Northop, Old Padeswood and Padeswood & Buckley. The Golf Coast North Wales pass is another newcomer and features Abergele, Conwy, Maesdu, North Wales (Llandudno) and Penmaenmawr. As well as offering excellent value, the passes are all valid for 12 months, meaning people don’t have to play all of the courses in a single visit. 

We’ve produced a new Golf North Wales Leaflet this year which features all the golf passes and a map of all the courses, alongside travel and accommodation information. People might not be aware of what a great part of the world this is for golf, so we’re hoping that this, as well as the festival, can really open people’s eyes to what we have to offer.


For more information about the the festival and playing in North Wales, visit the Golf North Wales website.