To the north-western tip of the Llyn Peninsula. Abersoch is well known for being a popular holiday location, but also offers a highly regarded all weather golf course with a split personality overlooking the seaside town.



Originally designed by Harry Vardon in 1907, he was gifted by the natural links terrain at his disposal, huge towering dunes, sandy hillocks and blind corners ensure an exhilarating and very tricky ride especially if it gets a little breezy. Yet Abersoch now has another side, designed in the 1970s the closing stretch is pure parkland, set back from the sea with supreme panoramic views from the other side of the Cambrian coastline to Harlech Castle and Snowdonia further beyond.

It would be churlish to dwell too long on the comparative lack of length, it’s completely unnoticeable once you’re out there as nothing is too short to take advantage of fully without considering the risk element. The second hole is a perfect example, a mere 470 yard par five but one that offers the full range of hazards, gorse, water, out of bounds and a tiny sloping green tucked away in the corner, a par is well earned.

The theme continues as the early holes edge ever closer to the seashore, time to enjoy a tremendous spell of links holes that demand great accuracy and spot on club selection at the very least. Holes seven through nine are true classics to conquer and such is the nature of the mini mountain ranges that mark the fairways, even your best hitting might still land you in an difficult spot among very inconsiderate terrain. This is where a bit of good fortune wouldn’t go amiss, but nothing but skill is required on the small sized putting surfaces, gently undulating with some tricky to reach pin positions.

Things change a little heading into the Snowdonia facing parkland stretch, although its exposed nature leaves you needing to be just as mindful of the elements as earlier. The highlights include the hillside par three 14th, playing long in a breeze and potentially penal for a tee shot that doesn’t find the putting surface. Then there’s a sweeping penultimate hole, plenty of threat from the winding ditch that seems to appear everywhere.

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3rd 246 yards Par 3

 

From the raised tee with a sea view gazing all the way down to a distant green this hardly feels like a ‘short’ hole, but what a superb challenge it is to find this distant green in regulation. Unusually for the Abersoch front nine it is fairly open and you shouldn’t land in too much trouble providing you can cross the ditch.

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19th Hole

The modernised clubhouse has a friendly Welsh welcome in store, a well stocked bar with guest and speciality beers on tap, the restaurant has new caterers offering breakfasts, bar snacks and attractive society menus.

 


ABERSOCH GOLF CLUB  –  GOLF ROAD, ABERSOCH, PWLLHELI, GWYNEDD LL53 7EY, LL53 7EY

Phone: 01758 712622   –   Website: www.abersochgolf.co.uk/


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Another level – Leamington & County

Leamington and County GC has the experience of over 100 years of golfing tradition combined with a healthy modern attitude to bringing new golfers into the game.

Leamington have undertaken some course developments this year too, a slightly altered layout now exists with a re-route and two changed holes which include a new 18th. A joint editor’s visit was required to check it all out, Mandy and myself chose the hottest day of the year to do it!

Nuneaton GC – 2018 style

The fortunes of Nuneaton Golf Club are doing rather nicely of late, a rate of progress to compare favourably with their famous son. Locally born Andy Sullivan played his golf here from picking up a club at the age of ten. He still lives in the area and during his downtime away from the European Tour is often to be found on the fairways of Nuneaton, still playing money games with old mates.

Dannyal Spalding

Daanyal ready for a big year

MG are pleased to introduce a new young professional to our ranks. We met up with him at Four Ashes Golf Centre near Solihull earlier this month, Mandy chatted to him while we watched him take a few swings, take a look below.