Abergele Golf Club

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Abergele Golf Club is on the northern coast of Wales, in the shadows of Gwyrch Castle and with incredible views of Traeth Pensarn and the Irish Sea. 
The club was founded in 1910, before moving to its current position in 1968, with Gwrych Castle overlooking the new venue. David Williams helped to reconstruct the course in the early 2000s to bring it up to USGA specifications. 
Abergele has hosted the Welsh Boys Championships and the Welsh Ladies Team Championship in its recent history, and was even brought to national attention due to an ITV show that was held in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic... 
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A Brief History of Abergele Golf Club

1910 saw the founding of Abergele Golf Club, on land near Gwyrch Castle. Almost five decades later, the course moved to its current position, reopening in 1968.  
Shortly after the turn of the 21st Century, David Williams was brought in to reconstruct the golf course to add in USGA specification greens. The Welsh Boys Championship and Welsh Ladies Team Championship have both been held at Abergele Golf Club in its recent history. 
Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, the club would be forced to close in both 2020 and 2021. This was due to Gwyrch Castle being the venue for I’m A Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here in those two years, before its return to Australia in 2022.  

Abergele Golf Club Review | NCG Top 100s: Wales

Abergele Golf Club is one of north Wales’ gems, with incredible views over the Traeth Pensarn and across to the Irish Sea. The course, thanks to its recent renovations by David Williams, is now up to USGA specifications and plays as a Par 72, measuring more than 6,500 yards to make it a decent challenge for golfers of all abilities.  
The 1st and 4th holes are short par 4s, offering a couple of birdie opportunities early in the round. The 2nd is the opening par 3, while the 3rd is the first par 5 at Abergele. With hazards left and right making it a good driving hole, and with its green cut into a ledge on the distant slope, it’s worthy of being the second hardest hole by stroke index. 6 and 7 are both dog-leg par 4s, the 6th to the right and the 7th to the left, before you come to the longest hole on the property. 
The 8th, once known as one of the longest holes in Wales, has now had its green redesigned to ensure you accurately place your approach shot. Known as the ‘Road Hole’, the 563-yard par 5 is one of the big challenges at Abergele, and a hole where a par is a good score. It is the start of a tough section of holes around the turn, with 9, 11 and 12 all being par 4s of more than 400 yards. The 10th is the respite in this run, as a par 5 of less than 500 yards.  
The 14th and 15th are both less than 400 yards and bring a sense of calm and peace to a round during the middle of the back nine, but that soon changes as you hit the closing stretch at Abergele. 16 is a long par 4, before the penultimate hole – the 17th. A par 3 of more than 180 yards from the tips, with two bunkers front right of the green. A par is a good score on 17 before you take on the final hole. 
The 18th is the signature hole where the tee is some way further up the hill behind the 17th green and the view from there is inspiring. The fairway races down the hillside in leaps and bounds and there is only a very narrow gap between a group of towering trees on the left and dense woodland on the right. You must steer perilously close to those trees on the right as the fairway leans steeply to the left. Playing short of the ditch and chipping to the pin often proves to be the better option. The new three-level green ensures a challenge to the end. 

FAQs about Abergele Golf Club

Where is Abergele Golf Club located?  
Abergele Golf Club is found on the northern coastline of Wales, just to the west of the town of Abergele. It is in the shadows of Gwrych Castle and has stunning views over Traeth Pensarn and out into the Irish Sea. The club sits just off the A547 and the North Wales Expressway (A55), giving it great transport links to both northwest Wales and to the east, into England. 
Abergele & Pensarn is the nearest train station, just over a mile away from Abergele Golf Club. Trains run from Holyhead and Llandudno in the west, through to either Crewe or Manchester Piccadilly in the east. Manchester and Liverpool John Lennon Airports are the closest major international airports to Abergele, with the former being the busiest airport in the United Kingdom outside of London.  

What golf facilities does Abergele Golf Club offer?
The practice facilities at Abergele include a driving range which sits between the 1st, 9th and 11th holes, and is long enough for drivers and fairway woods to be hit. There is also an indoor swing studio and teaching area, along with a large putting green as well.  

What are the green fees at Abergele Golf Club?
The price of a green fee at Abergele Golf Club changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend.  
For more information on current green fees at Abergele Golf Club, visit their website here
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