Holyhead - North Wales - Wales

Holyhead Golf Club,
Treaddur Bay,
Holyhead,
Anglesey,
LL65 2YL,
Wales


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The delightful heathland course at Holyhead Golf Club is tucked away on Holy Island, in the very north west corner of Wales, and it came about thanks to the efforts Commander Holland, a marine superintendent with the London Midland and Scottish railway company. Back in 1912, the LMS railway transported mail and passengers to and from the nearby ferry terminal to Ireland and golf was deemed a welcome diversion for those staying at the Railway Hotel.

The original 9-hole course was extended to a 14-hole layout by none other than the great James Braid, opening for play on 22nd July 1912. Braid returned shortly after to add another four holes and the full 18-hole course debuted in August 1914.

Fairways are set out on a compact 104-acre site and some old-fashioned design traits still remain on today’s 6,000-yard course with fairways that cross-over at the 6th and 7th holes and short par fours at the 1st and 14th holes.

Holyhead is an honest test and many of its undulating fairways are bounded by bracken and broom – with a little heather and fern thrown in, on occasion, for good measure – and, as a mid-round bonus, some wonderful panoramic views from the elevated 10th tee.

The club’s excellent dormy house accommodation (seven twin-bedded rooms) and its very reasonable packages for visiting golfers make it well worth the time and trouble to visit for those who are prepared to look a little further afield for genuine golfing hidden gems like Holyhead.

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Description: The delightful heathland course at Holyhead Golf Club is tucked away on Holy Island, in the very north west corner of Wales... Rating: 5.4 out of 10 Reviews: 5
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David Baxter

On a 2 day trip to Anglesey we played Holyhead the day after Bull Bay. Not dissimilar in style but with narrower fairways bounded by ferns and much gorse, almost moorland in nature. Similar condition generally to Bull Bay except the greens were much better (albeit a bit on the slow side)and another bargain twilight fee at £20; the greenkeeper was playing in front of us and it sounds like he is new to the club and improving things. Approach to greens was much fairer than Bull Bay with more traditional bunkering rather than the excessive mounding. Similar pleasant location.

The first four holes head out from the clubhouse towards the sea and include an undulating par 5 and two par 3's; the par 3 second was notable for being on a plateau with right a no-go area. Holes 5 to 8 basically return you to the clubhouse, and I thought the 7th was an excellent par 4. From the 9th you head away from the clubhouse again and this is where it really gets going. Holes 9 to 12 include three differing par 5's, with the 10th a real cracking driving hole off the white tee. Infact there were a number of white tees on the back nine where you walked back 50 yards or so through bushes and gorse to be faced with tee shots requiring carry and accuracy. Hole 13 was for me the pick of the par 3's; 177 yards downhill with trouble long and trouble right. Then an uphill short par 4, two par 4's over 400 yards, and then the 17th which is totally different .. drive over the marker post walk blind over the hill and the green sits steeply downhill just below you. Then a tough par 4 to finish requiring a long and accurate drive. The layout just seemed to flow, rock and roll golf with no two holes the same, and it seemed that in no time we were on the 18th green.

Holyhead is a gem of a course, full of interesting holes. Of the eight courses we played in North Wales in July 2019 this is the one we enjoyed most along with Royal St David's. Infact I'd place Holyhead higher in the rankings than Bull Bay, The Montgomerie, Newport, Porthmadog, Borth, St.Pierre, Nefyn, P&K, Southerdown and maybe even Aberdovey .. maybe pushing top 10 in Wales although accessability is an obvious issue

July 24, 2019
7 / 10
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Ed Battye

Holyhead is a cracking little golf course located close to Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, Anglesey. Enjoying fantastic views towards the mountains of Snowdonia and situated only a mile from the port of Holyhead, gateway to Ireland, the course is a challenging heathland cum moorland hybrid with some interesting greens and unusual features.

It’s a gem of a track, designed by James Braid in 1912, that has bags of character and some really cool holes. Arguably the best stretch of holes is right at the start of the round where the opening quartet head in a linear direction away from the elevated clubhouse.

The rise to the first green, located in a hidden dell, certainly grabs your attention before you play the very impressive par-three second with its green perched on a high plateau with sharp drop-offs to contend with. The 479-yard third is a marvellous hole and although not quite of the same pedigree it has elements of the magnificent fourth at Tenby and the same numbered iconic hole at Rye as it plays along a hogs back. The fourth, another short hole, is also a true delight.

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February 14, 2017
4 / 10
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CeeJayEm
If you are not arrow straight with your shots do not play here. You will lose many golf balls as there is thick gorse bordering quite a few of the holes. Has slowly detriorated over the years and is now just average for enjoyability
June 28, 2015
4 / 10
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Bananas
Visited this course early March 2014. A lot of rain recently had left this course very boggy. Some excellent holes particularly on the front nine although there were a few too many featureless ones. Overall the course was spoiled by a general lack of maintenance: the greens were horribly slow and it just looked like it needed some TLC. A shame as holes like the wonderful second (par three) to an elevated green deserve better. Maybe one to play in the summer.
March 08, 2014
4 / 10
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Alex Sherratt
I cannot believe nobody else has put a review on here? What a find! Holyhead - Photo by Alex SherrattThis was the 2nd day of our trip and we all thought this was a cracking layout that provided variety / setting / views / and a superb layout offering up a great mix of holes. It reminded me of Southerndown GC with a hilltop feel, gentle undulations, with views across the sea as each hole bobs and weaves between a mix of bracken and gorse. Yes we were lucky to play in near perfect conditions as holes 2, 3, 9 and 15 (played back towards to sea) would be most testing when any sort of breeze is blowing. You may benefit from local knowledge as a couple of holes (14th and 17th) caused us some confusion – I recommend an iron of the tee if you have a good score going. The course maybe in an out of way location but it really is worth a trip up the A55, I would recommend linking it up with Conwy GC and you would play two really nice courses.
June 27, 2010
8 / 10
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