Anglesey Golf Club dates back to 1914 and double Open Champion Harold Hilton (one of only three amateurs to ever lift the old claret jug) designed the course, which is located on the west coast of the Isle of Anglesey. The 1920 Champion Golfer, George Duncan, is also credited with making further modifications so no shortage of top class experience went into the course design in its formative years.
Established at the start of the First World War, the activities of the club were curtailed thirty years later during World War II when the RAF took over 14 of the original holes on the course. RAF Valley is still a very busy airfield located next to the course – training future fast jet combat pilots – but the flying forces now have their own 9-hole golf course and the club have long since rebuilt their missing holes.
Best described as a rather flat, seaside links course with a heathland feel, Anglesey extends to just over 6,300 yards, featuring small, lightly bunkered greens, the odd blind or semi blind shot and a great par four final hole where the second shot must carry a river in front of the green. Nearby caravan and campsites lend a real holiday golf flavour to proceedings here.
Hidden Gem Alert!! Oh my word, what a discovery Anglesey Golf Club was on a recent trip to North Wales. Tagged onto a visit to Bull Bay and Holyhead this venue at Rhosneigr was very much expected to be the poor relation, a course to make up the numbers. All I can say is; what a find!
Dating back to 1914 the club was formed as a collaborative project between a number of local notables who employed the famous Harold Hilton to create their course. The Second World War brought great changes as the course was fundamentally re-shaped. The requirements of the Royal Air Force meant that the course lost 14 of its original holes in 1943. Undaunted, the course was re-fashioned and 14 new holes were constructed. Total yardage is 6,330 with a par of 70 and SSS of 71.
As a bit of a links connoisseur I thought I had played all of the links courses in England and Wales so to turn up at this completely off-the-radar course, and stumble upon as true a links track as you’ll find, you can only imagine my surprise and delight.
It’s a low profile links – with maybe just a hint of heathland at times - and although extremely flat there is a lot of ground level movement in the land with a fantastic amount of subtle ripples, shallow swales and hollows. These really add to the interest and challenge, especially on short shots around the greens.
It is also a very consistent course in so much that its character remains stable throughout the round with the only exception being the last which is played on wetter, softer land.
Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.
Anglesey is undoubtedly in a category of more modest layouts featured on the Top 100 website but still offers a pleasant round on one of the driest and best all year round courses for miles around. Unfortunately the MOD placed a compulsory purchase order on what were said to be the best six holes on the course whilst extending the adjoining airbase back in the 1940's and during play it's likely that you will see numerous jets overhead on exercise as well as the occasional train. Whilst the majority of the course is situated on fairly flat common ground, complete with a flock of sheep, the routing is not without interest as it contains numerous doglegs and plenty of gorse lined fairways. Two holes in particular, the excellent short 6th with its threatening pot bunker, excellent mounding and long narrow green and the dangerous 18th with a river to be avoided not only from the tee but again as it cuts across the front of the green are nothing short of excellent. If the club could ever find a way to construct a few more well positioned links style bunkers it would make such a positive difference to the look and feel of the course. Times have obviously changed since the earlier review as there is now a small pro shop and the winter green fee is modest. If you are looking to escape a soggy parkland course but don't wish to break the bank then Anglesey is worth a look. Brian W