Nefyn & District

Nefyn & District

Nefyn & District GC

Nefyn & District GC | NCG Top 100s: Wales

One of the most picturesque golf courses you find on the NCG Top 100s, Nefyn & District is in northwestern Wales, on the Llyn Peninsula, with several holes playing next to the Irish Sea. 
The course first opened in 1907, with JH Taylor and James Braid then making small changes to the layout over the next few decades. Due to the course’s location, and with some holes out on a peninsula, a new nine was constructed in 1993, with the threat of coastal erosion. 
Now, the venue has 27 holes for golfers to play on. ‘The Point’, which hosts the holes on the peninsula, can be played as an extra nine holes in addition to the Championship Course.  
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A Brief History of Nefyn & District GC

Nefyn & District GC has been around for well over a century, with the original course being laid out in 1907, with the peninsula providing some of the best holes in the United Kingdom.  
JH Taylor and James Braid, both five-time winners of the Open Championship, had a hand in subsequent changes to the layout in the 1920s and 1930s, whilst keeping the beloved peninsula holes. 
In 1993, nine new holes were added to this incredible stretch of land. This was done due to the fear of coastal erosion taking away the holes on the peninsula.  

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Unlike most traditional courses, Nefyn & District has 27 holes, and for good reason. The original Old Course features the first 18-holes that were laid out on the peninsula in the early 1900s, while the New Course was designed and constructed further inland in 1993. These have now changed names. The Championship Course features the original front nine of the Old Course and the nine holes from the New Course. ‘The Point’ is the old front nine, that sits on the peninsula with those stunning 360-degree views. 
Now, the Championship Course is played with the ‘Yellow Loop’ which sees four holes run along the Irish Sea coastline, with new nine holes designed three decades ago known as the ‘Red Loop’. In total, the Championship Course is around 6,500 yards from the tips, but depending on the wind direction, it can play a lot more than that! 
The opening hole on the Championship Course takes you towards the Irish Sea, with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th featuring the rocks on their right. 4 is the only par 5 on this side of the course, and at less than 480 yards, some might see it as drivable. The 5th is one of two par 3s on the front nine, with golfers teeing off from the Irish Sea. It is only 150 yards, but it usually plays into the prevailing wind, meaning you could hit anything from a wedge to a wood as you try to find this green.  
From there, the course works its way inland, with the 6th and 7th playing into that prevailing wind as well. The 8th is only 320 yards and could be seen as drivable for longer hitters. However, the green is guarded by six bunkers, and the chance of making bogey instead of birdie severely increases if you find one of those. The 10th and 18th (the opening and closing holes of the new nine added in 1993), cross over from the tee, and are both decent length par 4s.  
The 11th is the only par 3 on the back nine of the Championship Course, with two bunkers guarding the green. There are then five par 4s in a row, with the 15th being the most difficult of those as you tee off over the boundary of the course, as the hole dog-legs left around the turn. The 17th is the only par 5 on the back nine, and at just over 510 yards, it is certainly reachable for the longer hitters. Birdie on 17 and then the closing hole becomes slightly easier! 
‘The Point’ is one of the most beautiful stretches of golf that you will find anywhere in the United Kingdom. The peninsula is reminiscent of the Old Head of Kinsale in Ireland, and it is described best by Tom Doak in ‘The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses: Volume 1 – Great Britain and Ireland.  
“It is the old 11th through 17th holes, out and back on a steep and impossibly narrow peninsula, that every comes to see. The dog-leg par 4 13th at the far end of the point is the most impressive individual hole, but the holes going out and coming back are either sporty or dangerous.” - Tom Doak on Nefyn & District 
The opening hole of ‘The Point’ is a drivable par 4 but there is plenty of danger around if you choose to go from it. 2 is the shortest hole on the property, and it takes you to the beginning of the peninsula. 3, 5 and 7 are also par 3s, with the 5th being on the very edge of the peninsula. 4 and 6 are both dog-leg left par 4s around the water’s edge, with the 8th being the only par 5 on 'The Point’. It is only 510 yards, but the landing area for drives is narrow, so accuracy rather than distance is required from the tee. The old nine closes with a short par 4, and one final birdie opportunity.  
Players looking to play along the peninsula can only play if they are also playing the 18-hole Championship Course on the same day. The 9-hole ticket for ‘The Point’ can then be added on to make it a 27-hole day at Nefyn & District.  

FAQs about Nefyn & District GC

Where is Nefyn & District GC located?  
Nefyn & District is found in the western tip of Wales, with parts of the course stretching out on to the Porthdinllaen Peninsula. The RNLI Porthdinllaen National Trust Walk works its way around the very northern end of the peninsula and around the coastline of the region. Morfa Nefyn and Nefyn are the nearest towns to the golf course, while the Llyn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is just to the south. 
Nefyn does not have its own train station. Instead, visitors to the region will have to get the service that ends in Pwllheli. Trains run to and from Pwllheli to Shrewsbury and Machynlleth, with a train leaving Pwllheli every two hours. The station is around seven miles from Nefyn & District Golf Club. 
As with every golf club in the northern section of Wales, the nearest major airports are across the border in England. Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are just over a two-hour drive from Nefyn & District, with the latter being the busiest airport in the United Kingdom outside of London.  

What golf facilities does Nefyn & District GC offer?
Along with 27 stunningly gorgeous holes of golf, Nefyn & District GC is also home to some wonderful practice facilities. There is a driving range at the south of the property, with both sheltered and open-air tees. A practice putting green and chipping green are also available for guests to practice on before their rounds at Nefyn.  

What are the green fees at Nefyn & District GC?
The price of a green fee at Nefyn & District changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend.  
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