The course at Porthmadog Golf Club has a split personality. The front nine is really parkland (and this is where a score can be made) but it’s the back nine that makes you want to re-visit as it has some super links holes.
As you tee off the 2nd, the large hills beyond will stay with you whilst you go ‘out-and-back’ on the flat parkland side. Make your score on the three par fives, as the testing 4th hole is a tough par four. The 9th is a lovely par three down the hill with the clubhouse acting as a backdrop.
Now cross the road to start the back nine and you’ll soon appreciate why we all visit Porthmadog. It really is a case of ‘where are we going’ when you stand on the 10th tee, but yes, do aim for the marker posts as they really are there to be followed. The trip around Samson’s Bay is lovely as you will puzzle over how to play the par four 12th. But after the climb up to the 13th tee take in the views across to the castles of Harlech and Criccieth, but also focus on the dunes, as shortly you will be facing the ‘Himalayas’… two huge mounds that you must drive between on the par four 14th stroke index 1 – a super golf hole.
As you close your round look into the gardens behind the 16th green as the old clubhouse still stands to the right of the modern house and please be aware of the tiny hidden brook that ‘zigzags’ across the front of the green on the par five 17th as it could spoil your card if you’re attempting reach the green in two.
We always enjoy our winter trip to Porthmadog and it is nice to see the course being updated year after year (humps added to the 3rd to create a better featured hole as well as the water on the 5th being dug out more into the fairway to create a bit more thought for the tee shot). The clubhouse is spacious and relaxed and also note there is a snooker room.
Please give Porthmadog Golf Club a go because the back nine is worth the trip alone, especially for those lovers of links golf. Enjoy!
The above article was written by Alex and was added to the website in December 2006.
October 13, 2008