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3½ miles S of Pwllheli, via the A499
Welcome anytime, even at weekends
Dai and Michelle Davies
Alan Drosinos Jones
You’ll find the small seaside resort of Abersoch on the south east coast of the Llŷn Peninsula where it’s a well-known spot for water sports enthusiasts to indulge in their passion for sailing, windsurfing and a variety of other aquatic activities.
What many visitors to this part of the Gwynedd region might not appreciate is that Abersoch also boasts a terrific little golf course that dates all the way back to 1908, when the great Harry Vardon pegged out the original holes.
The modern day course extends to a modest 5,847 yards with holes 1 to 12 and the closing par three 18th all being fast-running links holes, with the five remaining fairways more parkland in nature.Peter Alliss thinks the 440-yard 11th (“Tan y Bwlch”) is one of the best par four links holes that he’s ever played. Nevertheless, many believe the most memorable hole at Abersoch to be “Fron Grin,” the 246-yard downhill 3rd, where stunning views across the bay to the Snowdonia Mountains enhance the beauty of a wonderful par three.
Abersoch can basically be divided into 3 parts. Firstly there are a number of holes sitting centrally in front of the clubhouse as you look out; these are congested with footpaths, walkers and a road that makes it feel more like Nefyn; cracking view of the bay from the tee of the 3rd, a downhill par 3 of 246 yards. Secondly to the right of the clubhouse are the newer parkland holes 13-17. Thirdly there are holes 5-10 which sit between the beach and the central holes and are fairly separate without any visible walkers. These are proper links holes with many dunes and for me the holes worth playing at Abersoch. The tee for the 5th (a par 5) sits at the far end of the course adjacent the beach and overlooking the bay with the mountains behind, a fabuluous view that reminds of one tee at Tenby. Pick of the holes are 7/8/9, all par 4's running in the same direction alongside the shore, all with huge dunes and rippled narrow fairways, excellent links holes.
We found the welcome very friendly, however despite what we had heard course condition was very disappointing; greens were slow and well below average and weeds on greens and in bunkers is never a good sign .. TLC required. Questionable maintenance otherwise a 3 ball