WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEET THE SEA
Driving along a meandering coastal road passing the famous castle and harbour, you’ll soon discover Caernarfon Golf Club. The course boasts impressive panoramic views, inland across to Snowdonia and on the coastal side, the Menai Straits and over to Anglesey, a perfect combination of both elements.
At just over 6,000 yards from the white tees it`s not an overly long challenge by any means, yet it’s a relatively tight layout where a lack of accuracy can cost you dear.
Despite its close proximity to the sea Caernarfon is pure parkland, lush green gently undulating fairways, lots of trees and some pretty tight rough too added to the mix, a trip offline can prove costly. A few water hazards will keep you thinking, the big hitters may find a number of short par fours tough to resist having a go at.
Yet nothing is too comfortable, having a good strategy tends to win the day. Your ability is always tested but you`re never too far away from a scenic treat – the very first tee shot view across to the mountains is testament to that. The greens are very well kept and true running with some nice subtle contours.
The 14th is an excellent signature hole, wonderful views of the straits and Anglesey from the raised tee at this tight dog leg, with out of bounds left and right, it’s quite a challenge on a windy day, a factor that does increase the closer you edge to the holes near the shoreline.
The challenge continues right till the end, 510 yards and a gentle climb with a testing approach over a pond to an elevated Mackenzie green.
19th – Cosy and friendly facilities with home cooked Welsh food and a 70-seater function room.
Formed – 1909
Local accommodation – Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon