Located in the market town of Pwllheli, the course here at Pwllheli Golf Club has often been described as unique. A parkland front nine was established in 1900, designed by Tom Morris of Hoylake, and James Braid made up the eighteen holes in 1909. This second nine take on a very different feel as they run along the sand dunes and are typical links layout complete with fast running fairways, heather and revetted bunkers.
As we are in the modern era of golf the length here can be described as short, as it only just reaches 6,100 yards from the back tees but there are no par fives on the course, which as ever makes scoring tough. The SSS is one more than par at 70, which is normally an accurate guide to difficulty.
Pwllheli has a long history and the golf club celebrated its centenary in 2000. With the lush green fairways on the park-like front nine and the sea running behind the dunes on the way in, it’s a pleasant surprise that both nines have wonderful views of Snowdonia and over Cardigan Bay to the Cambrian range of mountains.
Pwllheli’s clubhouse is so close to the sea that if the windows are open you can actually feel the spray!
Returning to Pwhelli in July 2019 I think it reasonable to comment/update my review of 2013. Nothing much of note on the parkland holes 1-7, but from hole 8 onwards it really is pretty good and very enjoyable. Holes 8 to 11 in particular are excellent, four pure links holes alongside the shore, including a really tough par 3 and three varied par 4's; these four holes would not be out of place on any links course. Apart from greens being a bit slow nothing to complain about. Worth playing if in the area and I would certainly play ahead of Abersoch