Royal Sportsman Hotel

 

 

Midlands Golfer’s hotel travel partner in North Wales is The Royal Sportsman Hotel, situated in Porthmadog. Many golfers past and present find this lively high street hostelry/eatery to be the perfect compliment to a quality golf break in the heart of Snowdonia.

Independently owned and managed, the hotel is renowned for it’s welcoming atmosphere, great food and knowledgeable staff, many who have seen many years of loyal service. Golfers coming to The Royal Sportsman will in all likelihood share the bar and restaurant facilities of an evening with walkers, mountaineers and sailors and other water sports enthusiasts, Porthmadog is the epicentre of outdoor pursuits in North Wales.

 

Royal Sportsman – at a glance:

  • 28 en-suite, non-smoking family, double, twin & single rooms
  • Gastro bar, restaurant, lounge and patio garden
  • Open to non-residents; families with children and dogs welcome
  • Special dinner, bed & breakfast rates for large groups
  • Private, covered car park for guests and customers
  • WIFI available – free to guests & customers
  • Exclusive guests’ discount vouchers for many attractions
  • AA 4-star overall quality with excellent Visit Wales & Trip Advisor ratings

 

They can accommodate large groups – up to 56 guests – where you are willing to share rooms. Ground-floor courtyard rooms are designated for dogs and especially suited to guests with walking difficulties or young children. One family room is particularly designed for wheelchair users.

Food and drink – Among the very best in Gwynedd and Snowdonia. They intend to become THE place to eat as their reputation for quantity, quality and so value grows!

Such exceptional, modern or traditional British/Welsh meals are excellent value, served in either the well-stocked ‘gastro’ bar, 65-seater restaurant, lounge or the outside patio garden.

A large range of drinks are stocked – real cask/keg ales, lagers, ciders, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft – as well as speciality teas, coffees and luxury hot chocolate to accompany your food.

 

 

Northop Golf Club

Northop Golf Club

Parkland Course set in 247 acres of Welsh Countryside.



A friendly welcome warm welcome for Members, visitors & societies alike awaits you at Northop Golf Club. Set in over 250 acres of wonderful parkland with views across the Dee Estuary. We can offer a championship course, well-kept and always developing with USPGA Greens in play for 12 months of the year with various teeing areas making it ideal for players of all abilities.

Established in 1994 – Designed by former Ryder Cup player and renowned golf coach John Jacobs, Northop Golf Club is a stunning 250-acre parkland course. Now entering its third decade, the club is a perfect spot.

Situated just off the A55 North East Wales’ only Championship course USPGA greens playable 365 days a year.

A warm welcome awaits visitors of all abilities, with driving range and practice facilities.

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Various Opens and Cheshire and North Wales pro-am in June 2017.


Northop Golf Club – Sinclair House, Northop Country Park, Northop, Flintshire CH7 6WA

Telephone: 01352 840440   –   Website: www.northopgolfclub.co.uk


Vale of Llangollen

Vale of Llangollen

Inland layouts in North Wales are all pretty much guaranteed some spectacular scenery as part of the package. None more special than the Vale of Llangollen, nestled on the banks of a fast flowing River Dee with the ancient Welsh hills on both sides.



The Vale of Llangollen is one of only a handful of Welsh courses that holds the coveted HSBC Gold Medal ranking and is regarded as the top inland course in North Wales. Beware of the views that may come as something of a distraction, the highlight being the three holes that run alongside the Dee, and when the colours are out this beautifully conditioned course becomes a floral feast on the eyes. Playing wise it’s an enjoyable trek around the lush green valley floor fairways, pretty much tree lined to make demands on your accuracy and good course management. A little extra length required too, especially at the short holes that all demand at least a mid iron from the tee. The greens are superb quality throughout, rich in diversity when it comes to their testing nature. A grandstand finish is in store with a memorable closing stretch of four holes to truly make or break a scorecard.

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MG Pick: 9th 425 Yards, Par 4

The first riverside hole is one of the highest regarded par fours in Wales. A long sweeping dogleg where you really need to take a bit of a risk in placing your tee shot fairly close to the water in order to open the route to a very tight target tucked away in the left hand corner. Fortune clearly favours the brave here, and the ridge running through the green guarantees a tricky putting test too.

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19th hole

The clubhouse seats up to 95 for society occasions, pray for a nice day to sit out on the large decking area with panoramic views of the course and the hills as a backdrop. A busy competition venue with a variety of open events where visitors are welcomed.


Vale of Llangollen – Holyhead Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 7PR

Tel: 01978 860906 www.vlgc.co.uk   –   Website: www.vlgc.co.uk/


Pennant Park Golf Club

Pennant Park Golf Club

Built in an area of outstanding natural beauty this parkland course offers a challenge to all golfers from beginners to professionals.



Golf course and holiday homes opened in 1998, just set back from the Flintshire coastline with views of the Dee Estuary from the highest points. A gently undulating layout with some lovely tee shot views across wildlife friendly wooded surrounds. Water hazards too, both natural and man made, they come along mainly during the opening half, keep it dry here and there’s a decent opportunity to make a score. The long game gets a good test on the closing half, generally thought of as the more challenging stretch but also as the more appealing because this is where the views come into play.

Some stunning vistas, none more so than on the unofficial signature, the 14th, one of those sweeping downhill par fours, everything in view from the tee, a green light to enjoy a lusty full-on swing!

Pennant Park also offers a six bay driving range for a warm up, societies are welcomed seven days a week and catered for in the ultra modern and very welcoming clubhouse.


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Pennant Park – Whitford, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 9ER

Telephone: 01745 563 000   –   www.pennant-park.co.uk


Denbigh Golf Club

Denbigh Golf Club

An attractive looking layout on slightly elevated terrain offering stunning panoramic views between the trees over the Vale of Clwyd.



The course is a natural parkland, with fairways curving through avenues of mature oaks and elms, offering a challenging round of golf combined . The course is cleverly laid out over a wide variety of terrain and will test, at different times, every facet of ones game.

Accurate driving and great skills around the lovingly maintained greens are required to score well.

Signature hole is a glorious ninth, a picture book par three, the green surrounded by tree species and pretty shrubs in the summer.

Denbigh Golf Club have 18 Holes, practice facilities and a centrally located clubhouse. Helpful, attentive and informative staff are on hand to cater for your needs. Fourballs, groups, company days and society bookings are accepted 7 days a week, subject to availability.

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4 Ball with a Coffee – only £99.99

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Denbigh Golf Club – Henllan Road, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 5AA

Telephone: 01745 816 669   –   Website: www.denbighgolfclub.co.uk


 

Bull Bay Golf Club

Anglesey’s Finest – Bull Bay

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.


Bull Bay Golf Club – by Phil Nicholas

 

The northernmost point of North Wales golf, Bull Bay, a stunning coastal location and the only course in Wales designed by the legendary Herbert Fowler.

Mapped out on top of a hillside overlooking the bay complete with spectacular views, this is true upland links terrain. Prone to a few breezes and decorated with pretty yet punishing patches of gorse and heather this natural hump and hollow strewn landscape will inspire the adventurous and suit a creative minded golfer.

Bull Bay’s 18 holes are full of character and rugged coastline beauty, boredom will never be an issue. To plot your way successfully on a debut appearance up, over and around a heady succession of valleys, plateaus and rocky outcrops takes some doing. Course management has always been key, a couple of Bull Bay locals enjoyed showing me how when I visited for the first time in 2009, their expert use of long/mid irons from the tees coupled with nerveless chip and run skills were a joy to behold, and a lesson learned too.

Very few bunkers exist at Bull Bay, it’s a well protected course that doesn’t really need them, but the greens are fair and do offer rewards for good putting. Sheer enjoyment, a unique away from it all feeling and the chance to play the sort of shots that you don’t normally even consider back home are among the many delights of a trip here.

Plus you also finish with a true highlight, my favourite driving hole in North Wales, the view over the bay from the high 18th back tee is simply breathtaking, one for the photo album. It’s a straight ahead hole and runs gently downhill to a distant clubhouse, an accurate drive travels a long, long way and all of that beautiful coast beyond is there in full view on a clear day.

The clubhouse has a modern feel in a traditional setting, main bar, restaurant and sportsman’s lounge offer seating and scope for all occasions, all looking out onto the bay below. Members and club officials alike ensure everyone gets a warm welcome.


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


Golf Coast North Wales

NORTH WALES GOLF COAST

 

54 STUNNING GOLF HOLES – 1 WATER HAZARD

The popular seaside towns of Llandudno and Conwy need no introduction as tourist attractions.

The Promenade, The Great Orme and across the bay, the majestic Conwy Castle, a special corner of North Wales, one that serves up some very special and quality all year round golf too.


Conwy (Caernarvonshire) Golf Club – Est 1890

Championship links that needs no introduction. Last year Conwy received the accolade of being awarded as host course for the 2020 Curtis Cup, they don’t give those out lightly. Set under the shadow of Conwy mountain, it’s a pure and raw seaside golf examination with a little sting in the tale at the finish as the heather and gorse bushes, previously dotted around the open landscape converge to give the closing fairways a much tighter feel than what you’ve been used to.

Conwy’s Championship length resides during an exhilarating middle part of the course where no two
holes run the same way in succession and the wind swirls around with a mind of its own. A good test of creativity and judgement, punch it low and try a few chip and runs to the absolutely superb greens that Conwy presents year on year.

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Signature hole: possibly the 13th, a lengthy short hole facing the mountain with a two tiered green to target from the raised and exposed tee.

Attractive modernised clubhouse with a lovely first floor bar/restaurant with views over the course and Conwy Bay.


Conwy – Beacons Ways, Conwy LL32 8ER

Telephone: 01492 593 400   –   Website: www.conwygolfclub.com


North Wales Golf Club – Est 1894

Located on Llandudno’s West Shore, a true seaside teaser which although not the longest course, contains exactly the type of delicious and potentially punishing holes that only this type of golf can provide.

Take advantage of the opening seven holes as once you head towards the beachside it’s only going to get tougher with some demanding and windswept par fours. Very attractive views across to Conwy Bay at this point too. The closing holes are fairly short in length but tight and with some increasingly thick rough about, highlighted by three very notable short ones, all with raised and exposed tees. The greens here are large and reasonably flat, cause for optimism in good putters, but beware the frequent and punishing little pot bunkers.

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The short 16th is the most memorable challenge and a potential card wrecker too, just the top of the flagstick in view from the tee, flapping in the distance as the green is surrounded by high mounds all around with thick rough, you might need a bit of luck.

A bright and currently being modernised clubhouse with large bar and patio area.


North Wales – 72 Bryniau Road, Llandudno LL30 2DZ

Telephone: 01492 875 325   –   Website: www.northwalesgolfclub.org.uk/


Maesdu Golf Club – Est 1915

Maesdu is one of James Braid’s 10 North Wales designs only separated from North Wales GC by a single track railway line. Parkland by the sea is the best way to describe it, despite retaining an open feel and still susceptible to the elements it’s a different type of golf game at Maesdu, a lovely contrast on gently undulating and lush green turf and slightly softer greens.

Plus the mapping which mostly sees each hole facing a different direction to the previous one encourages thought and consideration over which direction the wind is blowing.

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Be prepared for an exciting finish, save some energy too for an inland facing par three 17th, which can play at least all and possibly a whole lot more of its 166 yards. Then the 18th, from the elevated tee all of this par five is in full view, as is a spectacular backdrop over to the Llandudno shores and the Great Orme.

A very friendly golf club with a spacious ground floor club lounge and the James Braid restaurant.


Maesdu – Hospital Road, Llandudno LL30 1HU

Telephone: 01492 876 450   –   Website: www.maesdugolfclub.co.uk


MG Recommended Golf Coast Accommodation

Imperial Hotel

Llandudno Promenade

01492 877 466

Queens Hotel

Llandudno Promenade

01492 877 218

Tideways B&B

Deganwy

01492 583 969

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