Surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, Pwllheli is blessed by its position on the Llyn Peninsula looking inland towards Snowdonia and on the other side to the western coast of Wales. As well as a friendly tourist town, you will also find a fabulous collection of links and parkland holes in one 18-hole layout. The original nine are formed by the seaside holes, where the immaculate fairways are flanked by dune banks and tall fescue grasses while the small greens are protected by natural undulations.
Standing on the elevated 8th tee as the waves gently lap against the shore, it is possible to drift back to 1900 when the legendary Old Tom Morris made the trip down here from Hoylake to carve nine holes out of the exposed linksland bordering the Traeth Crugan.
Another Scot, the five-time Open champion James Braid, completed Pwllheli’s evolution to a full 18-hole layout less than a decade later with a wholly different set of natural resources at his disposal.
Utilising mature parkland, the second nine begins and ends in the midst of tree-lined fairways, with the constant threat of the River Penhros and picture-perfect countryside accompanying you all the way.
And with the attractive towns of Porthmadog and Conwy that cater well for tourists within easy reach, Pwllheli is the perfect place to begin or end a memorable break in North Wales this summer.
As well as a friendly tourist town, you will also find a fabulous collection of links and parkland holes in one 18-hole layout.
7th 441 yards, par 4
The last of the inland holes on the front nine is also one of the toughest and it can take all your efforts to hit the green in regulation.
A shallow ditch splits the fairway at just over the 300-yard mark, while up at the green two bunkers protect the front and out of bounds looms at the rear.
10th 197 yards, par 3
A very testing par 3 where the well-guarded green is protected by two deep-faced bunkers at the front and two bunkers to the right.
The Tanbwlch Cottage at the back of the hole and behind the green also makes this one of the most picturesque holes on the course.
15th 455 yards, par 4
This is the only hole with an English name and ‘Dogleg’ describes it perfectly. As the most difficult hole on the course, danger is plentiful and all around as the River Penhros, gorse and trees follow the dogleg all along the left.
More gorse awaits an errant shot to the right and even if your drive is both long and straight, a good shot, and a long one, will still be needed to reach what is a well-protected green.