Caernarfon is a delightful ‘hidden gem’ that was redesigned in 1981 after the club bought more land that allowed an extension. It is essentially a parkland course but there are sections that will have you thinking you are playing a thoroughbred links – which is never a bad thing. Located between the Mountains of Eryri and the Menai Straits, the club benefits from some magnificent views. Sitting on the shores of the Menai straits, Caernarfon has wonderful panoramic views of the Snowdonia mountain range with equally stunning vistas of Anglesey and some of its beaches.
The fairways are well maintained and the greens superb throughout the year. When it is played on a bright summer’s day, it is simply one of the best in North Wales.
That is no mean feat either, with quality courses surrounding Caernarfon – tracks such as Llandudno, Nefyn and Porthmadog. Caernarfon can hold its own with those names – and no better recommendation could a course receive.
Although in close proximity to the sea, Caernarfon is a parkland course, with true running greens and lush fairways.
Although in close proximity to the sea, Caernarfon is a parkland course, with true running greens and lush fairways. Standing on the 1st tee, its difficult to imagine a better place at which to start a round of golf.
The opening tee box affords panoramic views of the course and surrounding countryside. Accuracy is the key here, with out of bounds left and right.
The 425-yard 6th, Bwlch y Coed, can be a monster. You must seek to drive through the gap in the trees, keeping left from the tee will shorten the approach, but water is in play for most of the hole down the left and a cross ditch some 30yards short of the green.
On the back nine, the 335-yard 14th, Y Fenai, has been the ruin of many a good round. The tee shot requires accuracy as there are out of bounds left and right, with a small green safely guarded by a long narrow bunker. It is accompanied by spectacular views over the Menai Straits and Fort Belan.
The 16th hole is a 420-yard two shooter called Yr Eifl and from the back tee two strong shots are required to reach a green protected by two shallow bunkers. The view of the Eifl’s mountain range in the distance is simply beautiful.