A beautiful island only separated from mainland North Wales by the Menai straits. Travel to Bangor and cross either the Menai or Britannia bridges. Beaumaris, Holyhead, Trearddur Bay are the tourist hotspots but it’s an isle of discovery too, lots of hidden bays and coves to find. The golf is plentiful, six courses in a very modest surface area, we present the best known two here, the perfect contrast.


Henllys Hall Golf Club – by Mandy Ambert


Crossing the Menai Bridge to Anglesey always leaves me with a feeling of excitement and anticipation. I spent my childhood here but now as a golfer there’s an extra thrill to visiting Beaumaris and it’s iconic course at Henllys Hall.

The parkland course was opened in 1996 and with painstaking address to archaeological, conservation and historic importance, Henllys estate was refurbished with new accommodation, leisure facilities and the new clubhouse.

With spectacular views over the Menai Straits and Snowdonia, each hole is different and challenging, needing course management and good club selection. The first has a pond across the fairway which is driveable. Do you or don’t you?

A theme is struck, the fifth soon follows with its blind tee shot and internal out of bounds. Driveable for the long hitters but at your peril as the green is set at an angle that defies the laws of physics (still pretty daunting even when you’ve played the course a few times).

The seventh is a short par four with a pond to the left. The brave will fly the left of the water to reach the green in one. To the back nine and the 14th demands another accurate tee shot from an elevated tee to the green with a pond to the left and hazards to the right. The final hole is a long par four that shares the same pond as the opening hole with an extensive green that falls from back to front. Just what you need to finish your round of golf and I mean that in a good way. Henllys with its challenging greens and tee shots is not a course to take for granted, and I always leave with a need to return.

Henllys is great for group golfing deals seven days of week, when visiting take some time to say hi to Peter and David in the pro shop too, as friendly a pair of guys as you will ever meet. They also stock the largest range of ladies golf clothing in N Wales. The fully licensed clubhouse serves a range of hot and cold meals, all times of the day.


BODFAN – SELF-CATERING FARMHOUSE – TREFOR, ANGLESEY

Bodfan, a traditional detached self-catering farmhouse with modern comforts, which is situated on the wonderful Isle of Anglesey in rural surroundings, with distant views of Snowdonia.

Bodfan is situated only 11 miles from Bull Bay GC and 21 miles from Henllys GC. Being a large house sleeping eight in five bedrooms it is particularly suitable for couples and small groups on a golfing break.

Facilities include – Large lounge with TV/DVD – open plan kitchen – dining room – ground floor WIFI

Contact Gillian –    Tel: 01407 720 474   –   www.finereels.com


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Gaudet Luce Golf Club

Gaudet Luce – Major host

This is a modern golf and leisure complex that doesn’t like to sit still and the steady growth in popularity of the club since its opening in 1995 has enabled the family ownership to put investment back into the course and facilities.

125 years – South Staffs GC

The South Staffordshire Club is always a special visit. Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Wolverhampton, a traditional members club with a much admired parkland course that never fails to impress. Messrs Vardon, Colt, Braid and more recently Donald Steel have all played their parts in creating a layout that charms, teases and yields a low score very reluctantly.