Porthmadog has everything you could ask for in a course – stunning scenery, a perfect location by the sea, a famous and revered architect (James Braid) and plenty of tough and interesting holes. Originally laid out in the early 1900s, the course has more than enough length to test even long hitters, and is a charming mix of heathland and links land. Indeed, the course is very much a tale of two halves, with the front nine played on typical inland turf, and the back nine, which stretches out to the sea, a classic links test.
Holes 10 to 13 run adjacent to the coast line and are undoubtedly the most scenic part of this beautiful track.
The course’s exposed location also means that the elements play a big part in any round here and it’s known to get very windy so be sure to perfect the knock-down shot before you play.
The course is excellent in poor weather and is thus a great option for winter golf. Discounted rates come into play on November 1st so be sure to take advantage of the superb value.
If the pin is on the top level, make sure you take enough club as anything short can run back down to the front portion of the green.
By Gwilym Jones, club manager
5th, par 4, 387 yards, ‘Dros Y Llyn’
A tricky dog-leg right that epitomises risk-and-reward holes. There is water either side of the fairway and a two-tiered green. If the pin is on the top level, make sure you take enough club as anything short can run back down to the front portion of the green.
13th, par 3, 202 yards, ‘Penyrynys’
One of the course’s signature holes, it is played with Cardigan Bay at your back, Harlech Castle on the rights, and Criccieth Castle on the left. The green is hidden and the length means you will most likely be using a long iron or more. A tricky hole.
14th, par 4, 387 yards, ‘The Himalayas’
According to the stroke index, this is the hardest hole on the course. You must play your tee shot to a fairway hidden by a large natural bunker and negotiate yet more sand when you get to the well-protected green.