Nefyn & District (Old) - North Wales - Wales

Nefyn & District Golf Club,
Morfa Nefyn,
Pwllheli,
Gwynedd,
LL53 6DA,
Wales


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Nefyn Beach - picture courtesy of Julle

Nefyn is dramatically located on the cliff tops at the foot of the Porthdinllaen headland, a tiny promontory that juts out from the Lleyn Peninsula into the Irish Sea. In terms of sheer topographical exhilaration, Nefyn is Wales’ equivalent of Ireland’s Old Head of Kinsale. This is literally golf on the edge of the world.

Nefyn and District Golf Club was founded in 1907, originally as a nine-hole course and in 1912, it was extended to 18 holes. One of the great triumvirate, J.H.Taylor, was commissioned in 1933 to add a further nine and to revise the existing course. F.W. Hawtree and his his partner A.H.F. Jiggens, known as “Jigg,” built three new holes in the 1980s.

Until recently, the layout at Nefyn was extremely unusual with 26 holes in play. The course comprised of 10 outward holes and two separate inward 8 holes, these two 18-hole courses were named the Old and the New. This rather strange configuration made life somewhat confusing for the first time visitor. However, Swan Golf Designs has rung the changes after a lengthy five-year advisory period whereby numerous improvements have been made, the most significant of which was the creation of new holes on the dramatic “Point”.

Today there are three distinct 9-hole loops at Nefyn, named Front (holes 1-9), Old (holes 10-18) and New (19-27). The Old course combines the Front and Old nines to create the club’s premier configuration. Most visitors will elect to play the Old course because it’s the Point’s spectacular cliff edge holes that are at times quirky but frequently jaw-dropping which simply have to experienced.

There are only a few seaside courses where you can see the sea from every hole, but you sure can at Nefyn. Not only is the sea in view, but also on a clear day, you can spot peaks of the Wicklow Mountains across the Irish Sea. The opening hole takes you away from the clubhouse to a series of cliff-top holes on the edge of the headland. There are blind drives, strategically placed bunkers, thick rough and, of course, the ever-present wind to contend with.

The Old course back nine plays along the Point peninsular, providing spectacular views across the cliffs and the bay. After the par four 15th, you’ll find a footpath down to the Ty Coch Inn, located on the beach at Porthdinllaen. A quick drink here on the pub’s famous wall, with the soothing sound of the sea and the glorious view across the bay to Mt. Snowdon, will set you up nicely for the closing three holes.

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Description: The Old course at Nefyn & District Golf Club is literally golf on the edge of the world and it makes the adrenaline pump... Rating: 6.9 out of 10 Reviews: 44
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Doug Roberts
Nefyn was our northern most excursion on our Wales trip. You will be drawn by playing the Old back nine. But much of the front nine is better than the Old back. If you go to experience this wonderful course do so mid week. Playing the Old on a weekend whilst alarmingly ignorant tourists rummage about the limited land is disconcerting. Finally at the 18th while a family group of 10 came sauntering down the road adjacent to the short par 4 fairway…I fired one right at them. It missed by all of 10 feet and they reacted like “where did that come from” It’s a golf course. The Old 9 is a bit tacky…But it is worthy of a trip. Take precise measurement of your 2nd shot on 10…As the course markers are totally messed up. Glad I played here. Probably won’t again.
October 08, 2015
6 / 10
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LeeHopkins
Note - the holes out on the peninsula are currently under reconstruction and are not in play following the severe winter we've just had.We had to play the new course (although we were allowed to play 4 of the Old course to practice beforehand) and we all enjoyed the course and the facilities. It was fairly windy but the sun was shining and the course was in great condition. Not overly long, and a fair test of golf. Would like to try the peninsula holes when they re-open if we're ever out this way again.
May 18, 2014
6 / 10
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David Baxter
An eagerly anticipated trip to Nefyn, a sunny June afternoon and a virtually empty course. The long par 4 first downhill towards the sea was ok, and the second an excellant hole (my favourite) with a sliced tee shot likely to end up in the sea. After that holes 3-10 were fairly mundane with wide open fairways, shaved semi-rough and two average par 3's. Greens on first nine were aerated when we played and the bunkers very poor (too much sand and flimsey rakes). Not to worry we still had the 'Point' to play... Hole 11 looked good from the tee but the short uphill second to the green was very blind. Hole 12th off yellows (visitors tee) was 100 yards ahead of the whites; waited for the walkers to go and then hit the driver straight over the marker post then spent ages looking for the ball - think it may have been worse off the whites as two blind shots here. On 13 (the signature hole ?) line off the tee was unclear so i bailed out well right of the sea and par was still comfortable. Holes 14 and 15 were off mats (in June !) and no marker post on 15 mean't the drive was blind towards golfers coming down 13. Holes 16 and 17 were fine, but 18 a poor finishing hole. Great views but I'm afraid quality of golf holes did not match. Too much hype - very disappointing
July 04, 2013
4 / 10
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Al
Played the course for the first time with a group this weekend. Really enjoyed the course it has many great driver holes with plenty of room on the land side of the holes so you could really unleash the big guns. Greens were reasonable for the time of year, bunkers dry and in good nick. Pro was helpful and welcoming. There has been some changes on the nine going out to the pub, they are making one of the holes into an optional par 3 for when the place is swarming with walkers and tourists. There are exceptional views on this golf course, and with some extra tlc the course could really rise ip the rankings, it certainly has the location to blow people away. Will be back
March 18, 2013
8 / 10
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AJ
March 18, 2013
Just wanted to add that the clubhouse was friendly and the green fee was great value, as it should be, when you drive 2 1/2 hours to get there which is what many people who play Nefyn will be doing. Royal St Davids take note !
Paul Harrison
I played Nefyn on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. The first holes were interesting going out along the coast but the second half of the front 10 were less memorable. Not a problem though as the last 8 holes were The Old Course out on the peninsula the part we were all looking forward to. Unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. The good weather had brought out many walkers and the paths were too close for comfort. We were unable to drive on the narrow Par 5 17th as there was a constant stream of families coming over the brow of the hill along the side of the fairway. We enjoyed the 13th with a drive over a rugged inlet and the Par 3 14th alongside the Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula where you could play with no children nearby. Otherwise we found there wasn’t sufficient space on the headland to play golf and allow walkers . The Clubhouse was fine serving good food with courteous staff. We were told the members play the New Course, when Health & Safety reaches North West Wales that maybe the only option for everyone.
September 24, 2012
4 / 10
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bobt
January 10, 2013
I have to agree what a disapointment Its hard to understand how they are able to keep the dangerious peninsula part of the course open.The rest of the golf course was below avarage Don`t know about grazing sheep on the greens grass long enough for cows Wonderful views spoilt by the course Have a game at Conwy and a walk at Nefyn
Patrick McGarey
I played Nefyn on a (luckily) perfect day in July 2012 and came away charmed and impressed. As noted, the physical setting is magnificent, while the course layout contains 6-8 strong holes and the rest closer to average. Not a championship/Open rota-style challenge, but also priced WELL below that type of course. In other words, a very worthwhile day of golf for any serious player. Actually worth playing twice or more, expecially in the case of the quirkly 12th hole, where finding the proper landing area on the drive and second shot probably require gaining some experience. Don't forget to stop at the pub after the 12th or 15th hole for a quick pint. There are a lot of walkers on a nice day, and this does require some patience for the sake of safety. The 'death-or-glory' approach shot on the 11th hole somewhat reminded me of the first hole at North Berwick or the par 3 at Shiskine. Enjoy this classic old course!!!
July 10, 2012
6 / 10
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Jim Robertson
Nefyn is a very hard course to rate! The opening stretch of holes is much better than I had expected - the 2nd a particularly fine hole along the clifftop. The par 3s early on lack distinction and the 10th is very weak. Then the fun begins! The 11th reminded me of the opening hole at The Glen course in North Berwick. And that brings us to the 12th...ah yes the 'glorious' 12th. I have to nail my colours to the mast and say that I hated this hole with a passion. The coastal path was very busy with walkers -rightly so - but the design of the hole really seemed to put them in clear and present danger. I actually picked up rather than risk hitting someone. One of my playing companions described the hole as "nefyn ridiculous". Anyway the majesty of the 13th almost made up for this trauma. And the stroll along the promontory was unforgettable.However the closing holes (15 - 18) were disappointing. So, how to rate Nefyn? Overall four balls I think.
July 09, 2012
6 / 10
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Pär Larsson

Played there on a very windy day (60 MPH, october 2011), almost unplayable but we had lots of fun. Unbelievable course, some great scenic holes and perfect conditioning. We almost drove some par 4s in downwind but also hit drivers on a par 3, 153 yards. Really loved the course, difficult and some holes is more of an experience than golf but overall we will be back there for sure and hopes for a less windy day.

October 23, 2011
8 / 10
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Donald Currie
I have played Nefyn a great many times over the years, in fact I first played it back in the 70's and it was the first course on which I broke 90. It has always been a spectacular place to play golf I've always maintained it's reputation owes more to its location than the quality of the course itself. I played it once again on 23/09/11 and must congratulate all the team at Nefyn for presenting the course in the best condition I think I have ever seen it. We had played Conwy the day bedfore and had been disapointed with its poor condition which somewhat spoiled the day, so hats off to Nefyn, it can't be easy maintaining such exposed greens but they were a joy to putt on. If you are doing the north wales golf tour, I expect Nefyn is the course you'll end up telling your friends back home about!
September 29, 2011
8 / 10
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Gary Abberton
Played Nefyn with a group of friends whilst on a tour of N. Wales, the day was great, sun shining, hot & just a slight breeze. The course was in great shape, tees, fairways & greeens. The views were simply stunning, played along the cliff tops the penalty for a wayward shot was a lost ball on the rocks.The front 10 holes are lovely, a mixture of great holes, the first four are visually perfect.The last 8 (Point) were challenging to say the least, quirky yes, boring no. With a path going through a number of holes I cant believe the club is allowed to hit balls where the public amble up & down. Thus said the quality of this 9 is great, take way the path and the course would be higher in the rankings I'm sure. These 8 holes took time to play & although it took a bit of the shine away, it should be played as the scenery is unmatched. The holes would be very difficult if the wind was blowing, thankfully we made it back to the clubhouse unscathed. The staff were great, the Pro very accommodating.Would definitely come back.
July 17, 2011
8 / 10
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