Porthmadog - North Wales - Wales

Porthmadog Golf Club,
Morfa Bychan,
Porthmadog,
Gwynedd,
LL49 9UU,
Wales


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  • 2 miles S of Porthmadog near Black Rock Sands

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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.

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Description: Porthmadog Golf Club was founded in 1905 and James Braid designed it. The course is an exciting hybrid mix of parkland and links holes. Rating: 6.4 out of 10 Reviews: 25
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Ben
What a course! This is my second favourite ever at the moment to Royal St David's, a little easier but a charming and fair course but will bite your arm off in bad weather. We played 27 holes here at the beginning of October, £36 for a day ticket and the course immaculate, the greens amazing. The club house is polished, changing rooms comfortable and I would recommend the home made soup for lunch plus the scampi! This is the third year running I have played at Porthmadog after being introduced to it by a long time family friend who was a member as a junior for about 10 years and I have fallen in love with it. Every year we take a week off and play the great courses of Mid/North Wales. As you would have read above, the course is renowned for its split personality of front 9 parkland and back 9 links but I don't think the front 9 gets enough credit, it is a good 9 by itself. Okay it has 3 easy par 5s but 1 has a links feel to it with the undulating fairway and stream in front of the green, 4 is an extremely tough par 4 - hardly reachable in two. 5 is a trickly 90 degree dogleg right par 4 and 9 is a tough downhill par 3 and SI 18, so you need to make par. When you walk back across the road and get to the 10th tee you just cannot believe the transformation, it is jaw dropping stuff. The back 9 is not particularly long but it is blind and the greens are undulating, you have to play smart golf. 10 and 15 are short but have mogul fairways and tight amphitheatre banked greens, 11 and 13 are long blind par 3s, 12 is short - you hit a 5 iron down to the landing area and a PW up to the green - but you would never take driver because you'll end up in the beach or in Samson bay with the fish, 14 is the toughest hole on the course, a beast of a par 4 with a 200 yard carry over 60 feet of sand dunes into the wind, both sides of the fairway are banked and you still have about 180 yards into a narrow green even if you nail your drive, 16 is a short par 4 but a small and tricky green well protected by bunkers in front of the old clubhouse, 17 is one of my favourite holes - a 3 shot par 5 because of the stream in front with the fairway lined by gorse and the green tucked in on the left - watch out for the Apache helicopters flying over head! 18 is a longish par 4 dogleg right with a lightning green sloped back to front. Magic.
October 13, 2008
8 / 10
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Lon
What a streach of Welsh coastline this is for for top golf at very reasonable prices. Start at Borth then Aberdovey, on to Royal St David's Harlech with the best last 9 holes in uk golf. Finish at scenic Portmadog. Go on give yourself a treat. I promise you will come back time after time. It was just a magic experience.
September 12, 2007
10 / 10
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Steve Jenkins
Brilliant golf course, with the back nine being extra special. Front nine is a good test even with two short par fives easily reachable in two shots.Watch out for the 5th Hole - more difficult than it looks, care must be taken with the tee shot with club selection the key to success. Course was in great condition in August 2007 and everyone was very friendly. Back nine starts well and continues with many superb holes. After all the good holes 18th is slightly weak but this is being a little "picky". Worth a journey to play
September 04, 2007
8 / 10
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Dan Rouseff
I’m delighted to finally see Porthmadog listed as a hidden gem. Like its near neighbor Pwllheli, Porthmadog is a bit schizophrenic: half links, half parkland. Unlike Pwllheli, though, the parkland holes are actually pretty good. Although away from the sea, par fives are sporty and fun: depending on the wind, two will be reachable and two won’t. Still, the real reason to play the course are the links holes and they won’t disappoint. The pro shop staff is welcoming and helpful; be sure to ask for advice about what club to hit off the tee on the 12th.
July 01, 2007
6 / 10
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Alex
Yes the back is the best and the links lovers will want to go back for more, the best hole is the Himalayas (stroke index 1), but as always on any course it is nice to see the sea which soon comes into view as you go around Samsons Bay on the 12th, the tip here is to lay up in the saddle if you have a good score going, also watch out for the hidden brook in front of the green on the 17th. Some good winter rates are on offer but check piror to turning up what you are expecting as we had pay extra for tea and coffee when we had ordered breakfast !
December 30, 2006
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