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.
Really good, a great day had by all – the views are magic and each hole is very different. The layout is just awesome and the final 8 holes on the Old course cannot be bettered. We played in light 10 – 15 mph winds but would dread to play this in a gale. The only downside was the condition of the greens (the 4th has been relaid) and the others just should have been better – however this did not spoil our day and it is a MUST for everyone – especially at £31 for a round on the Old course. Cracking food for lunch also !
WOW.The club is a friendly place, the views are breathtaking and the golf, well the golf is simply stunning.The second hole gives a true taste of what is to come. A drive out over the rocks and the sea to a fairway that snakes along the cliff edge. I am sure in years gone by there was a lot more land to aim at but in my eyes this is one of, it not the most spectacular tee shots in Wales if not the British isles. You go out along a coast line offering amazing views then come back up towards the clubhouse on some well thought out inland holes. These holes never seem to get enough recognition which is less to do with the fact that these are merely good holes and more to do with the last 7 holes being simply awe inspiring. You feel your way around a remarkable stretch of coast line which leads you on to a little peninsula. A stunning Par 3 surrounded by rocks and the Irish sea at the far end sets you up for a testing completion.What an amazing place. When you have finished the golf, the hospitality is second to none. The members know that what they have is special and seem happy to share their beautiful bellonging with us all.