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Holyhead

Holyhead, Cymru
ArchitectBadgeJames Braid
Holyhead, Cymru
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  • AddressLon Garreg Fawr, Bae Trearddur, Holyhead LL65 2YL, UK
  • Championships hosted

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.

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.

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James Braid

James Braid was born in 1870 in Earlsferry, the adjoining village to Elie in the East Neuk of Fife. He became a member of Earlsferry Thistle aged fifteen and was off scratch by his sixteenth birthday.

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