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Nefyn G.C. Photo

NEFYN & DISTRICT G.C. OLD COURSE HOLES 13, 14, & 15

Nefyn & District

Golf Club

Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd, Northwest Wales

Seaside cliff-top course is a hidden treasure & one of Britain's great unknown golfing gems.


NEFYN & DISTRICT GOLF CLUB
Morfa Nefyn, Llanbedrgoch Anglesey, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales LL53 6DA
Tel: +44 (0)
1758 720966  •  Email  •  WEBSITE

 

          Are you looking for a hidden jewel of a golf course, a great track you can discover before the word gets out, tee times become hard to get, greens fees become astronomical, and crowds mean waiting at every tee? Look no further — look at Nefyn.
          Nefyn’s a one-off. It has 26 holes but plays like it has 36 — with two distinct 18-hole courses. Because the course is set on a cliff top and strung along two peninsulas in the Irish Sea, all of Nefyn’s holes are within sight of the sea — a unique setting for a British course and rarely found anywhere. Although high over the sea, the course plays like a links, with few trees, but with hazardous rough, bunkers, and exposure to

Nefyn Old Course, 13th Green, on the Porthdinllaen Peninsula
Distractions abound at Nefyn,
the golf course that went to sea.

Photo Gary Talbot, courtesy Nefyn & District Golf Club.

weather. The course is well maintained and can be a

 

very tough test for low-handicap golfers, yet its beauty in fine weather makes it a joyful experience for even casual golfers. One more little thing — there’s a welcoming pub on the beach at Nefyn at about the mid-point of the course.


NEFYN & DISTRICT GOLF CLUB

Nefyn G.C. Photo

LENGTH & PAR: two 18's from 26 holes
• New Course: 18 holes, 6,548 yards, Par 71, SSS 71
• Old Course:   18 holes, 6,201 yards, Par 71, SSS 71
NOTE: Both courses share the front ten holes. Each course has 8 unique holes. The Old Course includes the famed peninsular 8 holes ("The Point").

GREENS FEES:
• MAY TO LATE-JULY & SEPTEMBER INTO Mid-October:

   • Mo-Th: £40/round, £40/26 holes, £62/day
   • Fr-Su:  £48/round, £48/26 holes, £65/day
• LATE-JULY THROUGH AUGUST:
   • Mo-Th: £38/round, £48/day
   • Fr-Su:  £43/round, £56/day
NOTE: Lower fees apply Late-October thru April.

FACILITIES:
• Club Hire (Club Rental): £15/round. (Bring your golf shoes!)
• Buggy Hire (Golf Cart Rental): £25/round, £40/day
• Trolley Hire ((Pull Cart Rental): £4/round, £7/day
• Caddies may be available — request in advance
• Practice Area
• Putting Green
• Pro Shop
• Club House with:
  • Bar Snacks
  • Hot beverages
  • Lunch Menu
  • Full Dinner Menu

VISITORS ARE WELCOME DAILY
• Both Courses open & playable year-round.
• No handicap limits or golf club memberships required.

BOOKINGS: (strongly recommended in advance, but not required)
• Tel: +44 (0)1758 720966
• e-mail:
secretary@nefyn-golf-club.co.uk
• ON-LINE RESERVATIONS SYSTEM
OR have HOME AT FIRST book a tee-time for you as part of your
        Wales travel itinerary — it’s
FREE!

LOCATION AND ADDRESS:
Nefyn & District Golf Club, Morfa Nefyn, Llanbedrgoch Anglesey, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales LL53 6DA.
The course is .4 mile W of Morfa Nefyn village on the B4417, 22 miles SW of Caernarfon or 21 miles W of Porthmadog.

NEAREST HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS: 80-90 minutes east of Nefyn near Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia National Park. See: NORTHWEST WALES

OTHER GOLF IN THE AREA within reach of HOME AT FIRST’s lodgings in Northwest Wales:
• ROYAL ST. DAVID'S GOLF CLUB, Harlech, Gwynedd.


NEFYN & DISTRICT GOLF CLUB

Nefyn G.C. Photo

SEA VIEWS AND MOUNTAIN VISTAS MAKE NEFYN DRAMATICALLY BEAUTIFUL TO SEE. EXPOSURE
TO OCEAN WINDS AND SQUALLS MAKES NEFYN DRAMATICALLY CHALLENGING TO PLAY.

A LITTLE HISTORY
          Nefyn and District Golf Club was formed in 1907. The course added 9 holes 1912 and a third 9 holes in 1933. Presently only 26 holes are played with a set "front 10" and two distinctly different "back 8" hole groupings.


TWO COURSES & NOTABLE HOLES

Nefyn G.C. Photo

THE 152-YARD, PAR-3 5TH HOLE ON THE OLD COURSE —
ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL CHALLENGES AT THE NEFYN & DISTRICT GOLF CLUB.

 

          Set high on the sea cliffs of a slim peninsula extending north into Caernarfon Bay, the courses at Nefyn & District Golf Club are exposed to the full force of weather sweeping eastward across the Irish Sea. Remarkably, although Nefyn is high and rarely dry, its courses are almost never closed. This is more remarkable when one realizes that all of the courses’ 26 holes are in sight of the sea, and therefore without much shelter from ocean storms.
          But the weather and the ocean views are only two of the distractions at Nefyn. Consider the distractions available on the par-five 12th hole at Nefyn: a blind drive; a blind second shot; a public thoroughfare crossing the course for the beach; a crater-sized pot

The Porthdinllaen Peninsula from the air, showing holes 12-17 of the Old Course at Nefyn & District Golf Club. Porthdinllaen village with Ty Coch pub are located along the cove in the right-center of the picture. Photo is oriented top=east.
The Porthdinllaen Peninsula from the air,
showing holes 12-17 of the Old Course at
Nefyn & District Golf Club. Porthdinllaen
village with Ty Coch pub are located along
the cove in the right-center of the picture.
Photo is oriented top=east; left=north.

bunker; a cliff with a serious drop to the sea;

 

and, ultimately, the Ty Coch (Red House) pub right on the beach. Beyond its

 

dramatic views and challenges of weather and

The 4th Green at Nefyn & District G.C. with the Rivals Mtns. in the left background.
The 4th Green at Nefyn & District G.C.
with the Rivals Mts. in the left background.
Photo Gary Talbot,
courtesy Nefyn & District Golf Club.

cliff-side terrain, Nefyn is known for its strategically placed bunkers and excellent greens.
          Ten of Nefyn’s 26 holes run alongside the sea, making its two courses among the most beautiful in Britain. But Nefyn can be as difficult as it is beautiful. The Old Course record is 67, shot by the great-yet-diminutive Welsh pro Ian Woosnam, who speaks reverently of Nefyn.

         The first — and common — 10 holes of the two Nefyn courses have the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes aligned next to cliffs. The 5th hole features a spectacular tee extending out over the sea. From the 6th onwards the course provides

 

outstanding views of the surrounding sea and

mountain scenery.

 

            Crystal clear days make it possible to see the tops of the Wicklow Mountains west across the sea in Ireland.

           The Old Course "back 8" follows the peninsula along Porth Dinllaen Bay providing grand views the bay and the cliffs. Most days the Welsh island of Anglesey and the high mountains of Snowdonia are visible from the back. At the 13th hole long hitters can attempt to cut the dogleg angle by driving from cliff-to-cliff across open sea. The signature 14th hole offers the best views over Porth Dinllaen Bay, north towards

Nefyn Old Course 17th Green.
Nefyn Old Course 17th Green.
Photo Gary Talbot,
courtesy Nefyn & District Golf Club.

Anglesey.

 

 

           The "New Course" shares the first 10

Nefyn's 2nd fairway is no place for a right-handed slice.
Nefyn's 2nd fairway is no place
for a right-handed slice.

Photo Gary Talbot,
courtesy Nefyn & District Golf Club.

holes of the with the Old Course. Its "back 8" features links characteristics: rolling fairways with strategically placed bunkers and challenging rough. Its signature 405-yard, par-4 15th hole is a dog-leg left, with a long carry over a cliff (out-of-bounds) daring golfers to shortcut the corner. The par-3 11th hole may require less nerve, but — at 181 yards to a postage stamp green — is only slightly less challenging. The long (512 yards) par-5 17th is a good challenge on a windless day, made severe by weather conditions that often sweep in from Ireland.

 

 

Nefyn G.C. Photo

GOLFER REVIEWS

 

        So, is Nefyn really a candidate for the Lost Dutchman Mine of golf? Many famed courses — linkses or otherwise — would covet these reviews:

    "Nefyn is in my top three courses — Muirfield in Scotland and Old Head in Ireland are the others. It’s hard to describe the last 8 holes but imagine a traditional links course only perched on 200 feet cliffs. If you are ever within reach of here make sure you go, you are certain to leave the place in awe."

    "Nefyn must be one of the reasons we play golf - to come to a place like this on a glorious day and enjoy views that can better Pebble Beach."

    "One of the most beautiful courses in the world. The original final 8 holes along the cliffs with the sea on both sides are stunning. Good test but not unfair; can reward bold shots along the cliffs. Many blind shots, so get a course guide. Great people, superb value. Put a camera in your bag."

    "I thought I'd seen just about everything golf has to offer in the UK until I played here. Seeing is believing. If you get a chance you must play this. The back 8 are just staggering. At one point on the back 8 the course winds its way up a peninsula which can only be about 100 yards wide. There is just sea everywhere."

    "This course is worthy to be any traveling golfer’s number one destination, even the sole purpose of the trip. Twelve ocean/cliff-side holes are absolutely spectacular. The drive from #13 will make you forget the 9th at Turnberry. If you liked Ballybunion and Cruden Bay, you will love this course."

    "The scenery is amazing. The holes are as hard as you can imagine: certain holes have water on both sides and in front of you. This course is among the top in Europe — well, let’s say the world. Pebble Beach, look out!!!!! DON’T MISS THIS COURSE—GOT IT????!!!!!!!"


THE REGION

Nefyn G.C. Photo

Porthdinllaen beach village below THE peninsular holes ('THE POINT' AT NEFYN
& DISTRICT GOLF CLUB. THE LOCALLY FAMOUS TY COCH PUB TEMPS GOLFERS AND THE
OTHERWISE THIRSTY TO DESCEND FROM THE CLIFFTOP PARKING LOT at the
12th hole (Old course) TO THE BEACHSIDE PUB. IN THE DISTANCE THE
MOUNTAINS OF SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK ALSO BECKON VISITORS.

 

PORTHDINLLAEN, MORFA NEFYN, THE LLYN PENINSULA, & SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK
          The club is just outside the village of Morfa Nefyn, on the private road to the beachside 18th century fishing village of Porthdinllaen, so charming it has been preserved by Britain’s National Trust since 1994. Porthdinllaen is that oddest of places in that it can only be reached on foot — only residents cars are permitted. Park (£3.00 per day) at Nefyn and District Golf Club or at the National Trust car park and walk 15 to 20 minutes walk along the footpath across the golf course or along the beach when the tide is out. There are only about two dozen buildings at Porthdinllaen, with the Ty Coch pub the center of

Porthdinllaen beachside village sits at the cliffs atop which are the "back 8" of the Old Course at Nefyn & District Golf Club. The village pub, Ty Coch, is the red building at right center. A path descends to the pub from the 12 hole.
Porthdinllaen beachside village sits at
the cliffs atop which are the "back 8"
of the Old Course at Nefyn & District
Golf Club. The village pub, Ty Coch, is
the red building at right center. A path
descends to the pub from the 12th hole.

Photo Gary Talbot,
courtesy Nefyn & District Golf Club.

the village and the main attraction. Order a pint

 

and a meal and — if the weather is fine — enjoy them on the beach.
          Beyond Morfa Nefyn and Porthdinllaen, the Llyn (or "Lleyn") Peninsula, Snowdonia National Park, and all of North Wales are within reach as territory able to be explored from
Home at First’s cottage locations in northwestern Wales. Snowdonia is best known for its mountains — the highest in Britain south of Scotland. Its castles — especially King Edward I’s imposing 13th century fortresses of Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech now bunched as UNESCO World Heritage sites — draw visitors from around the world. And its many little steam-powered railways, including the cog line that climbs Mt. Snowdon and the spit-and-polish narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway, have become big attractions. If the mountains, trains, and castles of northwestern Wales are world famous, the region’s golf courses are probably its best-kept secret. There are numerous excellent courses in the region, including several quality links courses on the northern and western coasts of Wales.

Read more about the region and Home at First travel to NORTHWEST WALES


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