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Posted on 03 Aug 2016

North Wales Golf Tour Blog 25 – 29 July 2016

The Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon, was where we made our home for the five days of our North Wales Golf Tour. A busy hotel with the holiday period in full swing and constant comings and goings of coach parties, however, they were well organised, giving our party a separate dinning room and providing a good breakfast and wholesome dinners served without any delays by an excellent, in the main, delightful Hungarian staff.

Our first days team event at Henllys GC on Anglesey provided stunning views over the Menai Straights We knew the first few holes were quite a climb when we found ourselves looking down on Mount Snowdon from the fifth tee! But at least what goes up must come down and the rest of this pleasant parkland course provided a good first day, especially for Di, John R and Julian who won with an excellent 81pts.

We travelled further on to the island for our second round and discovered a true hidden gem in Holyhead GC. Kind sunny weather always helps on links courses and we all agreed what a fine course this is, coupled to a friendly welcome, received at all the clubs, a fine days golf.  John R figured in the winning team again along with Alan and Liz scoring another 81pts.

Nefyn GC probably needs no introduction as it is regularly seen in TV and magazine adverts and deserves its reputation as a spectacular location. Wonderful views and good golf as you play the first few holes along the cliff edge then moving a little inland to complete the first nine. before choosing between the Old or New back nine. Well, if never played before, it has to be the Old. With the holiday season in full swing and great weather the tourists were out in force so the public rights of way were a bit distracting and, quite honestly, dangerous for our unknowing spectators, which I know spoiled the occasion for one or two. However, a wonderful, if quirky, nine holes of vintage cliff top links golf not to be missed. I’m sure if a regular player at Nefyn this nine would be an occasional game out of holiday season, but with four lovely par 3’s and the unrivalled headland golf everyone should play it once. Patrick and Steve produced 40 pts in the 4bbb event but were comfortably beaten by Don and John Mc on 43!

Great links golf at the much heralded Royal St David’s and Conwy Golf Clubs were disrupted by inclement weather each morning. This caused some uncertainty amongst the group as to whether they wanted to play or not. In the end we cancelled competitions and played ad hoc. On both occasions, apart from the first couple of holes, the rain stopped, the wind stayed down and the sun appeared. Having played for a large part of my golfing life on the Cornish coast maybe I should have anticipated this, but then I’ve also seen many a forecast predicting a change for the better  not materialise! As good as the previous courses were, these two are undoubtedly out of the top draw. Presented in pristine condition they should always be on the agenda if playing in that area.

This event concluded our UK tours for this season and next years programme will be announced shortly. Ireland and Sweden, September 10th and 17th  respectively, conclude the Northern European Tours for this year. If you are looking for a late summer break they won’t disappoint.

Don and John Mc winners of our main competition 4BBB at Nefyn
Don (left) myself and Steve as we came off the last green at Henllys GC with the Menai Straits in the back ground



2 reviews on “North Wales Golf Tour Blog 25 – 29 July 2016

  1. This was my first David Short golf trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    David’s tours were recommended to me by friends and this one exceeded my expectations. The golf courses were excellent and the hotel was very comfortable and well managed. The other golfers on the tour were great and we became a cohesive and friendly group almost instantly. David was an exemplary host.

    We had a little rain, but not enough to spoil the trip, and, hey, this is North Wales!

    It was a trip that accomplished that rare thing: it pushed all the right buttons and none of the wrong ones.


  2. I had been looking forward to this trip for some months and the courses, company and organisation did not disappoint. For somebody with my limited golfing skills to be able to play on “grown up” golf courses was a real treat.

    Some gentle coaching from David and helpful hints from playing partners was a bonus and here I would echo John’s comments re the cohesive and friendly nature of the group. For me, it was good to meet up with old acquaintances and make new ones.

    Yes we had some rain but it was North Wales and I have to say that only a blizzard was going to stop me playing.

    Looking forward to my next David Short trip by when I need to improve my short (no pun) game

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