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Aberdovey: An enchanting Welsh links set in Snowdonia

Why we would rather be playing this gem of a links on the west coast of Wales

 

A classical and romantic links, Aberdovey is set enchantingly within Snowdonia National Park and at the mouth of the Dovey estuary.

There are an abundance of quirky features including wooden railway sleepers courtesy of the railway line which skirts the inland section of the course. You need every club in your bag at Aberdovey as the conditions and the variety of holes present a diverse range of challenges.

History

Aberdovey Golf Club emanates history. “If one dare write about Aberdovey at all, one must begin by letting Bernard Darwin through on the way to the first tee”, wrote Patric Dickinson in his book, A ‘Round of Golf Courses’. For this links is ‘his’, and is all and more than one would expect from a writer and golfer of such style; for it is both a ‘classical’ and ‘romantic’ links”.

It was here that Ian Woosnam honed his trade and the club has played host to a number of top tournaments such as The Welsh Seniors’ Championship. When the wind blows it becomes an even greater challenge with its numerous and sometimes hidden hazards.

What makes Aberdovey special?

In the modern clubhouse, relics of bygone eras can still be discovered, including a set of clubs used on the course in around 1882.

Another esteemed former member Bernard Darwin described the course as the one that his “soul loved best of all the courses in the world” and it is not difficult to see why.

Where does it rank?

82nd in GB&I, 3rd in Wales

Where is it?

Aberdovey is located on the west coast of Wales in the town of Aberdyfi, just off the A493.

Aberdovey is located on the western coastline of Wales, just outside the town of Aberdyfi. You can look across the water to the Ynyslas Sand Dunes and the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve

Get in touch with Aberdovey

Welsh golf flag

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01654 767 493.

You can play at Aberdovey on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Aberdovey event on May 29th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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