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.
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