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North Wales Golf Club,
72 Bryniau Road,
West Shore,
Llandudno,
LL30 2DZ,
Wales


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  • Off the A546 between Deganwy and Llandudno

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  • Phil Beard

  • Tancred Cummins and Harold Hilton

  • Richard Bradbury


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This venerable old links course was created in 1894 by a Cheshire businessman named Tancred Cummins, assisted by an associate (and member of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club), Harold Hilton, who had been Open Champion two years earlier. Mr Cummins would go on to serve the North Wales club as captain and secretary for a total of 38 years, until 1933.

Another Royal Liverpool member – and 1890 Open Champion – John Ball, presented a putter to the club shortly after it was formed and this trophy is still competed for annually. The Hoylake connection doesn’t end there as the North Wales badge includes the words “far and sure”, taken from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club motto.

Situated just across the estuary from the wonderful Conwy golf course, North Wales is laid out on Llandudno’s lovely West Shore, offering an interesting variety of holes that run out along the rail line then back along the shore, with small and tricky greens throughout.

There is only one par five and three short holes on the inward half, so par for the back nine is only 34. Two of the par threes are played back-to-back at the 16th and 17th holes and Mr Cummins, the club founder, having originally purchased the land for the course from the Church Commissioners, presumably attempted to minimize any cryptic offence by naming them “O.L.” and “L.O” – Oh hell and hello!

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Description: North Wales is not only a test of ability but it also allows the golfer to relax and enjoy the exhilarating air and the magnificent scenery of the North Wales coast. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 11

Founded in 1894 North Wales Golf Club, on the West Shore at Llandudno, is a course that is admired by many and provides some good old fashioned authentic links golf.

It also has excellent views over the Conwy estuary to Anglesey and the Snowdonia Mountain range.

The course stands proudly as one of the most popular and best value-for-money venues in Wales.

Not long by modern standards the par 71, 6,254-yard layout changes character a few times during the round and depending upon your personal tastes this will determine just how much you love it. But love it you will.

The first two holes give an immediate introduction to the challenge of links golf with the second hole being one of the best on the entire layout as it snakes through low lying dunes before you play to a well defended green with all the natural humps and bumps that you would expect to find on a course of this ilk.

The course ends in fine style too with a sweeping par four from an elevated tee to a falling fairway. This brings the end to a highly enjoyable golf course with bags of character.

North Wales may not be long by modern standards but you are asked to hit many different types of shots and in my opinion the final six holes are up there amongst the best, certainly the most fun, you will play in Wales.

The links purists may not care as much for the four or five holes from the third but in terms of making a score these are crucial to your round and good golf is certainly required. Interestingly on the scorecard there is both a 15-hole and 14-hole loop that members can play. The 15-hole course omits holes 3, 4 and 5 whilst the 14-hole layout misses out 15, 16, 17 and 18. I know which I would choose to play but in truth you will want to play all 18.

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3 / 6
North Wales
March 07, 2017


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North Wales is a very good links course. After the small disappointment of the opening hole which is very much squeezed into houses and a fence, the course opens out. The front nine are a little featureless but the par four along the railway is one of the best holes you will play, it would not look out of place at Hillside. The back 9 is great, with beach views and tall dunes. The blind shots though are a little disappointing, detracting from my score a little.

The 16th and 17th make a great arena if you have several groups on the course, but the 18th leaves you a little flat as is somewhat of a poor end.

This is some of the best value for money green fees anywhere in Britain though, so just book and go play.

4 / 6
North Wales
November 06, 2016


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Not sure how this is so far down the list in Wales courses?? Having played Pennard, Nefyn, Ashburnham, 2010, P&K & Machynys previously, I'd place North Wales ahead of all of those courses. The course was in fantastic condition, with so many memorable holes accompanied by excellent seaside views! The greens ran true and all of our group agreed that it was preferred to Nefyn, that we'd played the day before. Cannot wait to get back and play it again!!
6 / 6
North Wales
May 19, 2014


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I'm sure any golfer wouldn't be disappointed after playing this course. A well kept course with pure greens is only a part of the deal. Spectacular views and some iconic holes also compliments the enjoyment of North Wales GC. Would highly recommend the £14 twilight green fee.
5 / 6
North Wales
May 03, 2013


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Played this course on the 7/8/2012 for the twilight rate of £12 if playing after 3pm. Simply at that price i doubt if a better course could be found. Warm and friendly greeting in the pro shop, first hole does run alongside some houses but the course soon leaves these behind. Plenty of stand out holes, along the beach on holes 9-11 and holes 15-18 were also a joy to play. The 15th a slight dog-leg par 4 where a drive too short or too long will block the green. 16th a 141yd par 3 where only the top of the flag can be seen due to the mounds giving a totally enclosed green. 17th a wonderful short par 3 that gives you a chance to attack the hole, and the 18th gives you a last opportunity to open your shoulders on the drive. Some fantastic views overlooking the bay.The course is very fair, quite a few blind shots but if you hit the fairway, you will generally stay there, i lost a couple of balls, quite rightly punishing poor shots. tees and fairways were in good condition, the greens though were perfect, no matter how far away you were it always felt that a well struck put could go close. i would recommend anybody to play this course.
5 / 6
North Wales
August 08, 2012


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I played North Wales on a morning in early July of 2012, and unfortunately caught a very rainy day. (Rained out at Conwy during the afternoon, which was actually closed due to conditions - an apparent rarity). Conditions aside, I found the course challenging and interesting, with the right hint of design quirkiness. By no means a pushover, expecially with the rough "healthy", as it was in Summer 2012. Fairways and greens well tended. I intend to return for a 36 hole day at North Wales and Conwy under better conditions, as the courses are only 10-15 minutes apart and are therefore easily played in a single day. Convenient to Llandugno, a pleasant overnight stay.
4 / 6
North Wales
July 11, 2012


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The weather gods relented and we played here on an absolutely beautiful summer evening with stunning views across the bay. I was slightly disappointed with the course given its place in the North Wales ranking. I did like the 8th along the railway but much of the front nine was average. The back nine was better with some decent links-like holes but if you're in this area and only have time for one round play Conwy rather than North Wales.
3 / 6
North Wales
July 10, 2012


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Played north wales towards the end of june after a dry hot spell,the course was in fantastic condition,scorched fairways and true greens.holes 14 to 17 compare with any course,fantastic and a must play if your visiting north wales.dont be put off by first impressions of the clubhouse,great place
5 / 6
North Wales
October 15, 2010


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The course at North Wales is a strong 4-ball rating for me and close to being a 5-ball really, there are a couple of things that just tipped the balance into the lower rating. The first hole is not a good opener; a dog-leg to the left but due to the housing estate running down the left side, fences are in place to protect the residents but this means that tee shots are pushed dangerouslyNorth Wales - Photo by Andy right onto the 14th fairway, I am not too sure what can be done about this hole but at the moment it is not right. The 8th hole is my pick of the holes on the front-9; a blind drive with the railway on the left-side and an un-believably tricky green that has a wicked slope from back to front. The run of three holes from the 9th wonderfully hug the coastline of Conwy Bay and are a joy to play. Not too much to the 12th hole but fairly quickly you are on the 13th tee and ready to play my choice as 'best hole' on the course; a par-3 around 180 yards to a dune surrounded green - a perfect links moment for me even though I ran up a 5 here. Hole 14 takes you back to the clubhouse with a long par-5...now get ready for a 4-hole loop that you will remember for a long time, in fact the four hole yardage is under 900 yards. The pick of these four are the two par-3's (16th and 17th); total fun, great links dunes, very short but all carry; I am sure there will be plenty of dropped shots here. As a suggestion and I am not trying to change the course history but I wonder if anyone has thought about swapping the 14th and 18th holes? The 18th is slightly away from the clubhouse and an easy par-4 and the 14th is right in front of the clubhouse and a tough par-5...just a thought. The current ranking of 12th in Wales is a little low for me, Top 10 for sure.
4 / 6
North Wales
August 22, 2010


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Good links golf course. Some fairways in poor condition. Many excellent holes.
4 / 6
North Wales
August 18, 2005


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