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Here’s our pick of North Wales’ most scenic golf courses

Published on 20 Jun 2023 by Amy Greenwood

The natural beauty of North Wales, with miles of stunning coastline and unspoilt countryside, provides a spectacular backdrop to many picturesque and challenging golf courses, several designed by renowned golf architect James Braid. 

Here’s our pick of some of the most scenic courses, all within easy reach of many of our North Wales holiday cottages.

Royal St David’s, Harlech

Widely regarded as one of the finest links courses in the country, this championship course is set against the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Consistently ranked as one of the top courses to visit in Wales, it is said to be challenging yet enjoyable.

Conwy Golf Club

Located on the Conwy Estuary and overlooked by Mynydd y Dref / Conwy Mountain, this course offers strategic bunkering and undulating fairways which will test golfers of all levels, with coastal winds creating an extra challenge. With the town’s medieval castle in the background and panoramic views of the mountains and coastline, Conwy is a real beauty. 

Clwb Golff Pwllheli

Founded in 1900, Pwllheli offers a diverse mix of links and tree-lined parkland that will challenge even the best of golfers. Located on the south facing coastline of Cardigan Bay the course boasts spectacular views along miles of shoreline. The clubhouse is located within yards of the sea with balconies that offer fantastic views over Cardigan Bay, the beautiful landscape that is the Llŷn Peninsula and of course, the world class mountain ranges of Snowdonia.

Nefyn & District 

Perched on a rugged promontory, jutting out into the Irish Sea, Nefyn is undeniably one of North Wales’ most scenic golf courses and considered a ‘must play’ for many golf enthusiasts. Its spectacular clifftop location provides breathtaking views and its unique layout offers the choice of playing the Front, followed by The Old or The New courses, or indeed both. The Old course consists of 9 holes on the world famous Point, ‘with fairways and tees perched above secluded coves on one side and sandy beaches on the other’. One of the few courses in the world where you can see the sea from every hole, it is impossible not to be impressed by the dramatic surrounding landscape. 

Porthmadog Golf Club

A mix of heathland and classic links with several testing holes, this course is described by former Ryder Cup player and Captain, Brian Huggett as a ‘hidden gem’. With views of the mountains and Cardigan Bay this course offers a scenic and challenging golfing experience. 

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