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: 6.8 out of 10 Reviews: 46
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Mike Wilby
I took a party of 24 golfers (of all abilities from 5 hcap -21hcap) to play The Wilby Cup Invitational) over the w/e of 18th/19th August. Saturday was the pratice round and Sunday The Wilby Cup. The weather was akin to Hurricane Katrina but we are very keen and capable and decided to make the best of the elements, over the 2 days. We had travelled from York in the main -although one intrepid invitee had come over from Spain!.We had decided to play the old course over the w/e -hence the "practice"!.The setting is spectacular, majestic in places I would say and the "elements" over the w/e added to its ferocity, beauty and intrigue.However, we are all agreed that the old course is unfair,dangerous and questionable in so far as safety and fairness. Unlike the first 10 holes, there are no markers for directions and yardage on the back 8, and as for "safety", I doubt if a risk assesment has been carried out given the line of the roadway/pathway that disects the 11th and 18th fairways and which continues along the 12th (to the car park and beyond as a walkway (designated NO CARS) which is ignored!!. With holiday makers and children in abundance on the road and pathway, going out and coming back - even on a bad weather day.! The golfers nightmare awaits every shot in this part of the course. Holidaymakers are not golfers!, they (and their children )are oblivious to the needs of the golfers waiting for a clearance in the stream of "potential hazards" - even by running on and off the course at times. It is for this reason that our group rate the course as "poor". The greens were also not as expected for a top 100 course, having been hollow tined and "grassy" - polite speak for wooly and slow! in August!!. Oh, and far too many blind shots!!.The staff were courteous and attentive, the pro and his staff helpful (on Sunday John said take 30pts and stay in the bar!!) - 30 won it off full hcap.The Sunday carvery was excellent and good value.I am saddened to write this because overall we had a great w/e, but we were all very disturbed at the dangerous nature of the back 8 in several places where the public seemed to have priority over the golfer and the danger they were in (potentially) from wayward shots and in gale force conditions, there were a few.As someone in the "events" arena, I would ask if a risk assesment (cleared by HSE) has been carried out?, HAS IT?.Please dont get me wrong, it is a beautiful and spectacular setting - a course to die for, with some spectacular holes to play (and view) - IF ONLY IT WAS SAFE!.Sorry,Mike WilbyThe Wilby Cup
August 25, 2007
2 / 10
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alex sherratt
August 27, 2007
not really a golf review more of a H+S report ! I know your concerns but please note you played the course when the weather was good and the kids are on holiday so you will get people tracking across the course like many other seaside links (west cornwall, aberdovey, pennard etc) . I am not a member at Nefyn but would advise anyone to play there at least once just for the setting ! (try in june or sept)
Clifford
September 06, 2007
If you never go and play it ..... You will never know what you have missed! I have lived all my 46 years in North Wales and am well accustomed to the stunning local scenery. However, play this course and you will talk about it for years to come. Breathtaking at any time of year. Take plenty of balls, a camera and some good friends to share the experience with.
Donald Currie
August 03, 2008
I've been playing Nefyn for over 30 years, as a child we played on holday there every year. Yes, the original back 8 can be become a bit of a battle with the holidaymakers in August. But if you had followed your own advice and done an H+S assessment you'd have played the alternative back 8 which keeps you well away from them!
Neil Murphy
I played this golf course in October 2006. It was a mild day with minimal wind and I enjoyed it immensely. The rough is severe but the course is fair. In the first 8 holes, I hit 4 fairways, had 4 pars and lost 4 balls in the rough!! However, it is impossible for spirits to be dampened on a layout like this. The stretch of holes from 14 to 17 are breathtaking and offer a unique experience to those playing the Old Course.The greens were not in the best shape, but I was reassured by the club secretary that all 26 greens are being restored this winter and work will be completed by April 2007.I would encourage any golfer to play this course. I will certainly be returning( with not so many Titleist Pro V1's next time!!) in the near future.
October 26, 2006
10 / 10
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Alex

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 !

June 10, 2005
8 / 10
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Bob
When you are playing Nefyn you have to pinch yourself to believe it is really true. It is everything the previous writers have said and more. I have been lucky enough to play it many times on beautiful sunny days and savoured every moment. The scenery is something out of a film set- looking out over the bay to massive volcano like mountains climbing out of the sea. Some wonderful holes especially the first 4. No in fact, all of them. The 11th is a bit blind for the approach shot and the 12th and 17th on the peninsula are awkward to play if there are many holiday makers walking, but despite its problems I can promise you will want to go back. It is just so different. Truly awesome, unique, spectactacular and 6 Albatross points from me for being the most memorable course I have ever played.
March 11, 2005
10 / 10
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Chris Jackson
A fantastic clifftop course around the lleyn peninsula. The opening 4 holes are breathtaking and play parallel to the sea with the first being arguably the hardest hole on the course plunging down towards the cliffs. The 13th which involves a 200yard shot across the cliffs is worth the trip to West Wales alone and is undoubtedly one of the best holes anywhere. Every golfer should treat themselves to a trip to Nefyn but make sure you book for the Old Course.
July 19, 2004
8 / 10
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David Richards

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.

May 18, 2004
8 / 10
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