Aberdovey - North Wales - Wales

Aberdovey Golf Club,
Tywyn Road,
Aberdovey,
Gwynedd,
LL35 ORT,
Wales


  • +44 (0)1654 767493

  • Golf Club Website

  • West end of Aberdovey on A493 adjacent to railway station.

  • Welcome - contact in advance

  • Gareth Pritchard

  • Herbert Fowler, Harry Colt and James Braid

  • Joe Davies


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Bernard Darwin at Aberdovey“If one dare write about Aberdovey at all,” wrote Patric Dickinson in his book, A Round of Golf Courses, “one must begin by letting Bernard Darwin through on the way to the first tee. For this links is ‘his’, and it is all and more than one would expect from a writer and golfer of such style; for it is both a ‘classical’ and ‘romantic’ links.”

Aberdovey Golf Club is set enchantingly within the Snowdonia National Park at the mouth of the Dovey Estuary, and the links are wedged between the Cambrian Mountain range and the shore. “I can just faintly remember the beginning of golf at Aberdovey in the early eighties,” wrote Darwin in his 1910-book The Golf Courses of the British Isles. “Already rival legends have clustered round that beginning, but the true legend says that the founder was Colonel Ruck, who, having played some golf at Formby, borrowed nine flower pots from a lady in the village and cut nine holes in the marsh to put them in.” A great deal has changed since then and the hands of many great architects have touched Aberdovey: Herbert Fowler, Harry Colt and James Braid. It is not surprising that it is such a revered links.

Despite its old age, Aberdovey is no shorty, measuring over 6,700 yards from the new "Darwin" back tees. It will test, and has tested, the very best golfers, playing host to a number of amateur championships over the years and it was here as a youngster, that Ian Woosnam developed his craft. It isn’t the hardest links course in the British Isles by any stretch of the imagination, but when the wind blows, it can throw the ball off line and into the punishing rough. Only the skilful will score well.

There is so much history at Aberdovey that you cannot help but fall in love with the place. Running alongside this classic out-and-back links is the railway line, reminding us of the days when the trains were full of travelling golfers. Darwin’s short story entitled “Aberdovey” tells an enchanting, romantic and amusing tale about his many pilgrimages to this Welsh links and how he used to love writing down the names of the stations as they passed by. Or as Patric Dickinson said: “A round at Aberdovey is always a brave and gay adventure, whatever the wind’s quarter.”

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Description: Aberdovey Golf Club is set enchantingly within the Snowdonia National Park at the mouth of the Dovey Estuary... Rating: 4.9722222222222 out of 6

I sneaked off to play here during a family holiday near Aberdovey on a glorious but windy day in September 2007. I'm not a member of a club so don't have a handicap certificate, but I e-mailed the secretary a few weeks before to explain that I've been playing golf for over 20 years to a 12 handicap, and he let me play. I played on my own in the late afternoon, and this is a breathtaking setting - snowdonia on one side, and the sea on the other. Highlight was the amazing 12th hole, a par three uphill with the green cut high into the dunes. I was smoking my drives all day and shot 80 - not bad for someone who plays only half a dozen times a year. I was inspired by the setting. Very highly recommended!
July 23, 2008


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After a short trip down from Royal St David's, we were greeted at the entrance of Aberdovey GC by Ian, who showed us to our accommodation. 'Would you like a few holes this evening guys?' he said. 'Help yourselves'. Splendid people, splendid place! Albeit the course at Harlech might be more challenging, and the scenery at Nefyn is outstanding, there seemed to be something very special about Aberdovey. The course was being set up for the Welsh Seniors Amateur and was in lovely condition. Testing, but very fair and a match for a lot of higher ranked courses. A very solid out and back links course with some very testing, yet traditional holes. The par threes are terrific, especially the 12th. The overall experience was highly enjoyable and the value of dormy house accomodation and golf is only matched by Burnham & Berrow.
June 19, 2008


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Classic links track with 9 out and 9 back, they have had problems with the fairways for a while due to the very dry summer in 2006 but they are getting better.Greens are in great shape for the time of year.Aberdovey has a great mix of short and long par 4's and some great par 3's , the finishing stretch back to the club house 14 - 18 is one of the most varied in Wales and I recommend a visit. Green fee on Saturday was £37 and the breakfast was very good. Deals for Golf Breakfast and Accom can are great value in the bungalows on the course.Will be back for more.
November 18, 2007


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Wonderful natural links course.
August 18, 2005


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Aberdovey must be the friendliest members club in the world and what’s more impressive is that they’ve got one of the best links courses too. Lives in the shadow of Harlech but it needn’t, it’s a great course in its own right. If you are not a local, it’s a bit of a trek to get here but it’s worth every ounce of effort. The holes are varied and therefore interesting, the 12th is a stunning par three and a par here will feel like an eagle. The greens are reputably the best in Wales and I can’t disagree. I think Aberdovey has it all, some great sea views, the old railway line a fantastic new clubhouse and a top class links course. It has to be played.
April 19, 2005


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'Dovey is a real treat. Not as tough as some of the other links courses in North Wales, but a real gem. You are assured of a fair test of golf here. The course opens up with a gentle par 4. The par 3 third is a real tester, a semi blind tee-shot into a heavily guarded green making sure your game is tuned in from the off. The other par 3's all offer up a different examination of your golf game. The par 4 sixteenth is a true classic, a short par 4 skirting the railway line. It is a brave golfer who attempts to hit this sloping green from the tee. The recently refurbished clubhouse is a fitting end to this gem in the Dovey estuary.
May 19, 2004


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