20 reviews of North Wales Golf Club Ltd
I took part in the club's 'open week'. The course was quite fabulous as was the welcome. A true links course with very varied and interesting holes. The two par 3s on the way home are card wreckers.
We had great weather; I'd guess in the wind and the rain it's very different.
The holes from 9 onward down the coastal path are fabulous, challenging and afford unbelieveable views.
Played the course on a glorious March day. Very interesting, quirky course not long but challenging in lots of different ways. As noted it is almost three courses in one and the variety is definitely part of the course's charm. Certainly I think it requires playing almost every club in the bag.
Cheap when we played and great value for money and a terrific sun terrace outside the clubhouse. Well worth the visit
Played last Sunday, dry conditions. The course was very well maintained and the greens were in very good nick - very few bland holes on the course, but a few blind ones !Lots of holes with interesting challenges and features - the last two par 3's in the "moonscape" are very interesting and must be potential card wreckers in less benign conditions than what we experienced. well worth a visit.
Very welcoming in the Clubhouse too.
Played with a friend on a twilight ticket at 330pm on a Saturday at a cost of £12 each- BRILLIANT value for money- only downside was we were the first out after the usual saturday members comp and were waiting to play virtually every shot. Had we started say an hour the course was quiet and it still would have been easy to play 18 holes before darkness.
the usual price on a Saturday is £42 and that price im sorry to say is more than a round is worth. The course can be split into three sections. Holes 1-7 is tin hat golf where anyone prone to pushing a ball slightly right is likely to end up on the fairway to another hole. Holes 8-14 are great tests of iinks golf especially the par 4 8th which was a superb golf hole and the par 3 13th which involved a tee shot down a hill to a narrow green where anything not straight from the tee meant BIG trouble, The last 4 were two short par fours and two par threes. Its a bit weird as the 14th green is right outside the clubhouse and holes 15-18 look like they have been shoved onto the course as an after thought although the holes themselves were ok
The greens were excellent though- true and firm and a good test. Clubhouse was good and a decent pro shop was on site. No practice facilities as such apart from a putting green
to sum up- for £12 an amazing bargain. ive given it 5/5 for value for money on that basis. had i paid £42 i would have given it 1/5
I last played the North Wales on new years eve 2009. I was lucky enough to be introducing 2 of my friends to this magnificent course. The welcome is warm and friendly (unlike the weather that morning) and the whole atmosphere of the club sets you up to enjoy your day. Unfornately 3 holes were closed due to the recent bad weather but this did not dampen our spirits in any way.
The first hole is a teaser, dog leg left and only irons allowed off the tee. This gives you an immediate indication that you are going to have to think your way around this course. The greens were in excellent condition and a credit to the hard work of the grounds staff. Fast, true and consistent.
All around the course there are reminders that if you get a little over zealous and let the ball get away from you, you will come off with a score that you won't be bragging about! Believe me, this course may look nice and open but it is set up so well that should you drop your guard it will bite back.
The closing holes are some of the best anywhere in the country. The wind can have a massive effect on your club choice all depending on whether the tide is coming in or going out. You can vary from a 3 wood to a 7 iron on one of the par 3s.
Getting back to the clubhouse and into the warm was made even better by the friendliness and hospitality of the bar staff. Good food served with a warm smile and a genuine interest in how your day has gone makes this one of the nicest places to be anywhere in the UK.
I will be returning to the North Wales many times and each time I will try to introduce someone new. Gems like this are for sharing. It's not just a golf course it's a really nice day out.
Played mid-week at the end of January.
Very good value for money on the discounted winter rates although i would happily pay the full rate in summer.
A very interesting layout, the holes towards the end of the round which run through the dunes are the best part of the course, the course has some of the best par 3's i've played.
I played in good weather with only a gentle breeze - i would imagine this a very difficult course in strong winds as the greens are quite tight.
There are some blind shots and its a good idea to go the course websites course guide before you play which is very helpful.
Fairways and greens in very good condition for the time of year, teeing areas were quite muddy, bunkers in good condition but stay out if possible, they are very penal.
One criticism, i've never played a course with as much dog mess - the stuff was everywhere, especially in the rough which made looking for your ball without getting covered in the stuff very difficult
Very friendly staff & a great cosy clubhouse
Will play here again.
This was my second course on this day, having played Holyhead in the morning, toured Conwy castle in the mid-day, and finished up for an 18 at North Wales golf club in the afternoon. Unlike most of the other courses on the Wales trip, this course is not in a remote location. Its right along side a busy street at the edge of town. The course and facilities did not seem to be in that great of shape. The course seemed to be in three parts - the first being pretty flat and simple holes, then followed by some fairly challenging holes spread out near the sea, then finishing up with hilly holes that go over and through the dunes. These were interesting, but overall its a strange course and surrounding. Was happy to have played there but would probably try out Conwy if I'm fortunate enough to have a next time.
We played North Wales Golf Club on 21.9.09, having sourced a bargain green fee online. On the way down, looking at the relatively modest length, I plotted to break 80 with some ease.
Our first impressions were of a friendly club, genuinely interested in visitors. We had an excellent breakfast. The new visitors changing rooms are superb.
The club dates from 1893, carved out of classic links land following advice from great champions, Harold Hilton and John Ball. Like Leasowe, home club of the latter, the whole course is not pure links, but the differing holes whet the appetite for the majestic duneland to come. The par 3s on the back nine are simply magnificent, with 'Hades', the 13th, a driver for most into a three club wind, and a blind par 3,'O.L.', the 16th, arguably better than the 9th at St Annes Old Links.
Challenging tee shots, often blind, and undulating fairways coupled with greens as fast as lino, add to the challenge. The scenery is beautiful, and two holes play alongside the beach, with waves crashing over. Wheatears flitted amongst the dunes and waders scampered along the beach.
For those who love the history of the game, and whose soul cries out for the wild links, North Wales is a great experience. Did I break 80? I was lucky to break 90. I will be back.
Second visit to the North Wales golf club this summer and it wont be my last. Excellent links course, quite hard to negotiate on a first visit with some blind tee shots and punishing rough, but despite my poor score a very enjoyable round.
There are 3 par 3's in the final 6 holes, all in deep dunes, which are pretty memorable. Also a couple of tough par 4's that test even a decent player.
Most memorable of all though was the value, £10 twilight offer from 3pm, all year any day of the week.
We played this course on the 30/12/2008, for those of you with some memory left after new year,will recall the weather was bloody freezing.
we started off at 09.52, we were greeted with frozen fairways and greens, all though much to our suprise all the greens were in play, not a ruddy temp green in sight, that lifted our spirits as did the remains of the Christmas party, having played this course on three other occasions, the day dispite being cold was bright sunshine and calm and by far the best conditions we had played in.
As someone stated earlier beauty is in the eye of the beholder,
having played the majority of courses in North Wales, l would rate this as being a very good golf course, each and every course has its ups and downs,yes there are a a few holes that visually may disapoint, but these are more that compensated for by the remainder, the 13th par three into the dunes, would like to roll that up and take it home, would just like to say, if you dont take the oppotunity to play this course, then the loss will be yours.
This course is ridiculously cheap at the twilight rate of £10 after 3pm.
The rainy summer meant that the fairways and greens were much greener than normal and on balance made the course easier than normal at this time of year.
The lack of run on the fairways did make the holes played into the wind more difficult particularly the 6th and 8th even though locals would have described the conditins as calm.
It is unfortunate that the 1st skirts round houses but the green and the bunkering establish the links nature of the course early on.
As is the case with links courses downwind holes while enabling tee shots to travel impressive distances are not simple.
The three short holes at 13 16 and 17 are truly memorable and while the 18th is a weak hlole from the yellow tees the extra yards from the medal tee and the out of bounds just behind the green must make it an interesting finish in a medal always assuming the previous 2 holes have not ruined a good round.
The greens though slowish because of the weather were true.
I would expect that the course would remain playable and enjoyable throughout the year and the realistically reduced green fees for winter golf make this course attractive.
The location is stunning and would reduce the pain on those days when one's golf may be a disappointment.
Day three, and the wind was still blowing strong, now with some light drizzle before we teed off.
Conwy is the best course of the four we played, all the holes ask questions, which today I had no answer for. My dad unforetunately had few answers all weekend, links aren't his cup of tea, yet anyway... The clubhouse was the sort of clubhouse you expect from a club like this, with proper practise facilities near the 1st tee.
The first four holes at Conwy are holes which are testing holes, but nothing that would get you too worried if you are a confident ball striker. The 5th, 7th and 8th are a different prospect all long par 4's with holes 5 and 7 playing like par 5's due to the prevailing wind.
I really enjoyed the test, despite slumping to a 92 (20 over). Beautiful views, great greens, and tight fairways. One downside was the pace of play, the society that was at North Wales yesterday were here today, again we followed them round! This time we took 10 minutes under 5 hours to play, the longest round I've ever played, don't know about it being used as an Open championship qualifier, some of those players must of thought they were in the Open the way they had to tap out the 1 foot putts.
Id highly recommend this course if you are in the area, book a tee time early in the morning if possible so you can fit 2 rounds in.
Day two, and after the wind battering us at Maesdu we hoped the wind would die down. Unfortunately it hadn't. Whilst my dad was struggling still, I was playing some encouraging golf, being a 12 handicapper, and with no true links experience before today.
The first and the last let down this course in my opinion, the 1st being made difficult by the erection of the safety fence to stop hooked tee shots hitting houses on the left, which impedes the drive as the hole dog legs left. The last hole finishes away from the club house, making the arrival home less spectacular, if it was possible the 14th would be the ideal finishing hole.
Anyhow after 12 holes I was five over, clinging on in the conditions. The par 3's really toughen this course up, the 13th unravelled my score card, along with the fiendishly difficult 16th and 17th loop.
The course is in a small space of land which meant that play was a little cramped and slow, too slow. Society four balls are the bain of a two balls round, rigidly sticking to their slot allowing no one to play through, the round took four and a half hours, three and a half is about our averaged.
Overall I'd recommend this course to anyone who is in the area, beautiful layout, and some of the best views in the UK. If you can play it on a week day so your round shouldn't be as slow as ours.
84 made (13 over). Next stop, Conwy...
quality links course, really enjoyed the day there. Greens were fantastic!
It all started here for Boof, Baz and Young P: nine rounds in five days, spread across what were reputed to be some of the best courses in North Wales.
So cue 9-30am Monday morning - up we rock in Llandudno, roughly 45 miles north of where we're scheduled to play most of the week's golf. The sign looked like something from Butlins and the clubhouse functional from the outside â but then most links do tend to let the course do the talking. We stepped out of the car and slap! There's a nice 25mph breeze in the face. We walk rounded the other side of the clubhouse and suddenly it was 35mph - gusting to 40.
One look at the fairways and they were so parched, it could have been late August. Sprinklers were cascading water all over the 14th green â I thought it was supposed to rain in Wales!
On the first, Boof finally hit one past the ladies tee (at the fourth attempt) and we were off and running. The opening couple of holes have a good linksy feel but then the course unfortunately diverged into something of a meadow area for holes 3 to 6. And even some of these greens were impossible to hold â nearly everything on this course had to be run in, sometimes from as much as fifty yards back. The par 3 fourth (193 yards) runs right alongside the railway line and is evil with a sidewind!
After a few pretty average holes, the eighth is an absolute beauty. Blind teeshot and, potentially, approach, with the topography of the fairway resembling huge waves from a mid-ocean swell. A true links classic.
Nine to eleven are par fours that run by the shore â nothing to take the breath away but difficult enough in a near gale. Thirteen (177 yards) is a lovely par three surrounded by dunes on all sides but certainly played hard into a strong headwind â effectively well over 200 yards.
The approach to 15 (330, par 4) and then the par 3s at 16 (144 yds) and 17 (132 yards) briefly took us into some serious dunescape. These two par 3s are brilliantly quirky - 16 being blind over two small humps into a dell and then 17 back over the 16th to a small plateau green inset in the dunes. On the 17th tee, high up on the tallest dune, it was a job to just stand up straight in the wind! And on the green isn't easy either: in the afternoon I putted after going just over the back â only for the ball to just keep rolling until it flew off the front and down into oblivion. OK I overhit it, but not by much!
The 18th (385, par 4) is symptomatic of too many holes on this course that are not punishing enough on the wayward shot, even though I'd been taking advantage of this! Easy birdie on 18 in the morning proved as much.
At the end of the day, the strongest holes (the par 3s and the eighth) really stand out and 'carry' the rest of this course. Nevertheless it's a bargain midweek, especially 20 quid for a day ticket on a Monday. And the greens have got good speed and even pace.
The biggest surprise was that we didn't feel too knackered after 36. But there was still a long way to go this week â 126 holes to be precise!
Next stop Pwllheli. It can't get any windier... can it?
I played this course in Mid-May 2005. The course
starts rather bland but picks up at the par 4 7th.
The group of par 3 might be the best I have ever
played together. The 16th hole was like the dell
hole at Lahinch, a blind green to a bowl shape.
Interesting course offering great variety and great value.
When reading a review about golf course one must always remember that beauty is int he eye of the beholder, and that one "poor" review doesn't make a course "poor" just like one "excellent" review doesn't make a course "excellent and a must play." North Wales is a gem. A short course, with some stunning holes and views. The course comes to life around the 7th / 8th hole and stays alive throughout the back 9 because of the par3's you will play (walk off the course with par's at these 3 holes and hold your head high). I was unlucky enough to play this course in late February. The "Winter works-in-progress" was stll visible and this detracted from my enjoyment. Little things like un-raked bunkers, an abundance of pitch-marks on most greens just gnawed at me through out. But taking a step back I would bet my last dollar (well pound (well probably Euro v soon ;-()) that in the summer months this is a great course. Short and tight in some cases, undualting fairways and small green will make this very diffcult. I will return within 6 months to experience this, and expect to confirm the fidnings my friends made last year, that this course, along with Bull Bay are 2 of the best courses in North Wales. Mind you Prestatyn, Abergele and Lllangollen are also chomping at my ....well you get the drift. As always, folks...don't delay, go play....Now!
This course is an absolute gem! The club pro is one of the most friendly and helpful I`ve come across. The first hole is a dog-leg to the left by a council estate, it`s a friendly first hole which requires a good wedge to a well guarded green. The views from the course a nothing short of stunning, you can see as far down the straits as Bangor and alot of the Isle of Angelsey.
The closing holes are very 'interesting' 16 and 17 especially, they both appeared in an advertising campaign for Slazenger in the early 90`s to promote their X.T.C range, say no more.
We picked a beautiful September day to play this course where our home professional at Llanymynech holds the course record. The entrance to the club does nothing to raise your expectations of anything worthwhile inside but once underway you are treated to some great golf and spectacular scenery especially on the backward journey along the sea looking toward the Great Orme.
Llandudno is a mecca for great golf - here, Maesdu and Conwy make a great weekend away and the nightlife in Llandudno surprised all of us !
North Wales GC was the first true links I had ever played, in October 1997. Now I'm trying to find a way to get back to the UK for more! Although course and surroundings seemed unpretentious, I thought the greens were in immaculate condition, and the course exuded character. The Railway Hole (4) had a commuter train bordering the fairway. Great hills were visible across the bay, and the wind was strong and ever present. Front nine was 3368 yds, par 37 and I was glad to shoot a 44 that day. Back nine returns to the clubhouse. Hades (hole 13) was a 182 yd par-3 consisting of a teebox, a tiny green, and a sheep path through the gorse (not a bailout area in sight).\r\n\r\nMy one regret is that I lost the ballmark I bought for 1 pound, with their "Far and Sure" motto and crest, somewhere in the Birmingham airport. Now I have to return.
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