North Wales has over 60 golf courses to its name, the majority of which boast the most spectacular coastal views. And, thanks to our ‘glorious’ weather, the greens are as green as they come…
With so many golf courses to choose from in North Wales it can sometimes be rather overwhelming when it comes to deciding which one to play. And, if you are thinking of becoming a member somewhere, then it pays to have done your research first.
Thank heavens then for Go North Wales, which has launched a range of three different golf passes that enables golfers from both near and far to try a selection of different courses throughout the region for a very reasonable cost.
The Gateway to Wales Golf Pass allows you to play six courses on the North Wales border. Northop, Hawarden, Mold, Old Padeswood, Padeswood & Buckley, and Holywell golf clubs are the six courses in question, and all of them boast easy access to the A55.
All these 18 hole courses are all within easy reach of each other – and they all have their own unique golfing challenges. Mold Golf Club, for example, features a testing, undulating course that has a hard-won reputation. This challenging yet inspiring course boasts stunning views of the Clwydian Hills, Cheshire and the Peak District.
Northop meanwhile is set in 247 acres of parkland, and is considered to be one of the most celebrated golfing venues in Wales. Designed by former Ryder Cup player John Jacobs, Northop Golf Club is open 365 days of the year and its extensive tee complexes mean that it can accommodate golfers of all levels.
Holywell is also included in the Gateway to Wales Golf Pass. Situated on Brynford Common, this inland links type course is a fair and sporting test for golfers of all abilities. It’s also one of the highest courses in Wales and, at 800 feet above sea level, its invigorating air has been known to enhance the quality of a round of golf!
And if it’s sea air that you are after then perhaps the Golf Coast North Wales pass is the one for you. This pass enables you to play three courses, one of which must be Penmaenmawr – but you can choose between Abergele, Maesdu and North Wales for your other three rounds.
Penmaenmawr golf course is as challenging in golf as it is in scenic beauty. When the view is as magnificent as this it’s worth enduring some of the slopes found on this course – and you’ll be warmly received on the 19th hole to boot.
Maesdu however is a gently undulating course that also offers panoramic views across the Conwy Bay. Maesdu boasts immaculate fairways and challenging greens, which are varied and contouring, and offer a true test to golfers of all abilities.
Abergele Golf Club is situated in the grounds of Gwrych Castle, and provides breathtaking views of the North Wales coast. This 18-hole parkland course has lush fairways that weave their way around wooded areas and large established trees. The course is relatively flat and the 18th is Abergele’s signature hole due to its outstanding views.
The third pass available from Go North Wales is the Isle of Anglesey Golf Pass, which includes a game of golf on five courses on the island. Baron Hill, Henllys, Holyhead, Anglesey, Bull Bay and Storws Wen are all included in this pass, although there is a small surcharge on some of the courses if you want to play during the weekend or on a bank holiday.
Anglesey Golf Course is a traditional 18-hole links course that has been dubbed the St Andrews of North Wales. Set amongst the sand dunes in the popular resort of Rhosneigr, the course is renowned for its excellent greens and is a fair test for golfers of all abilities.
Meanwhile the Menai Straits and the Snowdonia mountain range form the magnificent backdrop for Henllys – an 18-hole parkland course. With a par of 71, Henllys makes full use of the mature parkland trees and natural water hazards to provide a testing and enjoyable experience.
Back on the mainland, and Pennant Park is another golf course that offers a challenge to all golfers from beginners to professionals. Built in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Pennant Park was designed and built by its present owners RD Jones & Sons and opened in August 1998. Set in 110 acres, Pennant Park boasts a superb 18-hole golf course with greens of the highest quality and truly breathtaking signature holes. The course also has a practice putting green and a six bay driving range.
Golf societies and individuals are guaranteed a warm welcome at the clubhouse with its friendly atmosphere and fully licensed bar and restaurant serving food daily.
You can even make the club a real home from home, as Pennant Park has an exclusive development of holiday lodges for sale. Perfectly situated between Conwy and Chester, the park is in the ideal location for exploring the North Wales coast – and maybe even one or two of the regions other courses.
Holiday lodges on this small development are sold with a full 12-month holiday licence, meaning they can be used all year round, as often as you like, making it something of a golfing paradise.