Llandudno Maesdu

Llandudno Maesdu

Maesdu Golf Club

Maesdu Golf Club | NCG Top 100s: Wales

Maesdu Golf Club, also known as Llandudno Maesdu, is one of the northernmost clubs in the country, with the backdrop of the Great Orme and with views of Conwy Bay and the Irish Sea. 
Founded in 1915, the course is steeped in history, with five-time Open Champion James Braid being the designer of the 18-hole layout. The layout itself has not changed much over the years, but the routing of the course has, with three of the four holes on the eastern side of the road now being the final stretch.  
The course has played host to a number of big golf tournaments, including being the birthplace of what is now known as the PGA Cup. 
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A Brief History of Maesdu Golf Club

1915 saw the founding of Maesdu Golf Club, with five-time Open Champion James Braid being the man to design the original layout for the golf course. 
The semi-parkland, semi-links course features four holes (1, 16, 17 and 18) on one side of Degawny Road. This is because when the course was designed and constructed, that was only a path, with the main road built much later. 
The venue has played host to several major amateur and professional tournaments in its century-long history. The Penfold Tournament, Ladies Golf Union Seniors’ Home Internationals and Welsh Open Youths Championship have all called Maesdu home. 
1938 saw the golf club stage the first Professional Home International Series, with the Llandudno Trophy being awarded to the winners. Now known as the PGA Cup, the trophy remains the same.  

Maesdu Golf Club Review | NCG Top 100s: Wales

Maesdu offers a delightful mix of links and parkland in a lovely setting. Each of the 18 holes gently undulates throughout the perfect landscape, with panoramic views of the curving Conwy Bay at every turn. Every one of its 6,500 yards is varied and interesting and a good score will be achieved with careful putting on its superb, fast and sloping greens. 
It is a gentle opening to a round at Maesdu, with a 140-yard par 3 to kick things off. There are several bunkers in play, but at least you don’t have to get your driver out on the 1st tee! The 2nd is a relatively short par 4, but the green has a stream running in front of it that you must carry with your approach. The next three holes, all running along the boundary with North Wales Golf Club, feature water in some shape or form. The 5th is the opening par 5 and at just 490 yards from the tips, it is reachable in two for the longer hitters.  
170 yards is the distance on 6, but it plays uphill so take a club more than you normally would, otherwise you might find yourself at the bottom of the bank. 7 is a straight away par 4 with water behind the green, while 8 travels in the opposite direction, back towards the southern boundary of the property. The 8th is the signature hole on the course, with those incredible views of the Great Orme in full view. 9 is only 330 yards from the tips and a definite birdie chance.  
The tee shot on 10 plays diagonally across a water hazard, with that same hazard then flowing down the right side of the hole. The 11th is the first par 3 on the back side and looks out over Conwy Bay. 12, 13 and 15 all feature water, with the former of those being a par 5. 15, the last of that stretch, is the hardest hole on the course. With out of bounds right and a small water hazard coming from the 13th on its left, the tee shot must be accurate down the 15th. 
The closing trio of holes at Maesdu comes after you cross back over the road. There are two par 5s and a par 3 to contend with if you are playing from the tips. 16 is a dog-leg right par 5 with a water hazard running across the fairway about 150 yards out. The penultimate hole is the par 3 but plays like it is over 200 yards as it is uphill and through the trees. Maesdu’s closer is another par 5, but one from an elevated tee so you have one last chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the area. Don’t let that fool you though, 18 can be difficult. It is dead straight, but eight bunkers in the final 70 yards make laying up worthwhile.  

FAQs about Maesdu Golf Club

Where is Maesdu Golf Club located?  
Maesdu Golf Club is home to one of the northernmost golf courses in Wales. It is within a mile of the centre of Llandudno, and within reach of both Conwy Bay and the Great Orme. The course neighbours North Wales Golf Club, which also lays claim on a place on the NCG Top 100s: Wales list.  
In terms of train travel, Llandudno Station is the closest to Maesdu Golf Club, sitting less than a mile northeast of the golf course. The station is well-serviced, with trains running in both directions. Holyhead, on Anglesey, is the end of the line to the west, while trains from Llandudno Station go as far as Manchester, Crewe and even London Euston through the summer. 
Like all the other venues on the NCG Top 100s: Wales list that sit in the northern part of the country, the two nearest major international airports are across the border in England. Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are within a 90-minute drive to the east of Maesdu Golf Club. 

What golf facilities does Maesdu Golf Club offer?
Maesdu has plenty to offer along with its 18-hole golf course. The Llandudno venue has a driving range, which sits behind the 1st green and alongside Degawny Road. There is also a putting green next to the 18th green, for golfers to find those finishing touches before taking to the course.  

What are the green fees at Maesdu Golf Club?
The price of a green fee at Maesdu 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 Maesdu, visit their website here
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