Caernarfon Golf Club

Caernarfon’s golf club is set in fantastic surroundings, situated between the Eryri Mountains and Menai Straits giving golfers fantastic views while they play their noble game. With over a century under its belt, the golf course can only be described as immensely successful attracting golfers from a wide area from its inception to the present day.

The golf course has grown with the town over the last century and has had a major impact on the sporting life and culture of the town, with many of its residents having become expert golfers. It’s also been instrumental in expanding the sport beyond its traditional demographics to women, and will be home to the Welsh Girls championship in 2013.

The course itself has amazing running greens and some really challenging holes, which is somewhat surprising given how steep the terrain in the area is. But as you stand on the first tee you probably couldn’t imagine a better course to play the game on (as long as the weather holds up!). The course wasn’t always as large as it is today though. Until 1981 all golfers had here were nine holes, but thanks to its popularity it was able to double in size to the present day 18 hole course. This has attracted many golfing holiday makers to the town and put it firmly on the map of those wanting to play an excellent game of golf in idillic surroundings.

The vistas from the course are second to none, with views of the UNESCO world heritage sight of Caernarfon Castle, views across the water to Anglesey all set within beautiful tree-lined fairways.

Perhaps the most difficult hole is the 14th. A 335 yard par four will be difficult for all but the most precise golfers to attempt a big hit without worrying about landing in the out of bounds. The strong winds from the Menai Straits make this, and the other holes, difficult but add to the skill of the golfer in perfecting their swings in these conditions.

The golf course itself is consider quite short for the number of holes, at only 6000 yards. Despite this it’s well managed and the lack of walking can be more than compensated in the countryside after a game.

To get here from Caernarfon take the A487 towards Porthmadog, on the roundabout after the Tescos take the second exit then in 350 yards take a right then straight away another right. The lane leads on for about two miles before reaching the golf course. If you’re arriving from the South then also take the A487 and around 2.5 miles after Bontnewydd take a left just before the roundabout, then a right.

The golf club itself has a smart casual dress code and insists on golfing apparel on the course itself. Fees are currently £28 on weekdays and £33 for weekends, although specials are available and naturally regular golfers should consider becoming members of the club instead. Handicap certificates are not required unless open competitions are taking place. If you need a buggy there are six available to rent, but they are popular so booking in advance is strongly recommended.