Nefyn & District Golf Course Review

The Old Course consists of holes 1-9 (Front), which opens with four holes running parallel with and, at times, very close to the rugged coastline, before moving inland with some testing par 4s and a great par 3. You then play holes 10-18 (Old) on the world-famous Nefyn Point. The Point was recently lashed by 100mph winds and high tides causing so much damage that it had to be closed, fortunately it is now back in action.

 It was originally designed by James Braid but has now been updated and improved. The new-look Point offers nine breathtaking holes that take full advantage of the local terrain and topography. These hug the coastline on a narrow peninsula that has fairways and tees perched above secluded coves, with tiny inlets on one side and sandy beaches on the other.

The New Course consists of the same front nine followed by holes 10-18 (New). These nine holes follow the natural contours of the headland and coastal inlet. These confront the golfer with some testing par 4s, particularly the 15th; a long, sweeping right to left dogleg with strategically-placed bunkers. All the holes enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range, and on the way home the 18th hole offers a stunning panoramic view of the entire golf course.

The 1st hole on the front nine of the Old Course requires a drive that lands on the left half of the sloping left to right fairway. This leaves a perfect angle for the second shot to the green with the shoreline as a backdrop. This avoids a fairway bunker short left and a greenside bunker to the right. The 4th on the Old Course is a cracker. It is a spectacular risk and reward par 4, measuring 405 yards. If you pull off the 200-yard carry over the bay, you will be left with a short pitch to a green set between two rocky outcrops.

The 8th hole on the Old course is not for the faint-hearted either. A 502-yard par 5, the tee sits on the edge of the cliff, with the waves crashing in below. An accurate drive and a second are called for down a narrow strip of fairway bounded on the right by the sea and on the left by thick rough.


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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.