While St Andrews in Scotland is famed for being the home of golf, North Wales’ golf heritage is just as steeped in history. The first golf club opened at Baron Hill on Anglesey in 1889, with some of the most notable courses including Royal St David’s in Harlech and Conwy Golf Club outside Llandudno opening a year or two later. The first amateur golf competition held in Wales was in 1895 and the first professional championship in 1904, and of course we’ve produced several players of note including Ian Woosnam.
And while North Wales is famed for its spectacular scenery which is a big draw to holidaymakers from across the world, it’s also just as relevant to golfers. Where else can you expect to play with the stunning coastline on one side of the course and the backdrop of Snowdonia or a castle on the other? We’ve also courses like Nefyn & District Golf Club which is world-class and with many spectacular holes including the iconic “Point”, 9 holes on a narrow promontory with the sea and sandy beaches bordering the fairways on either side which has drawn comparisons to Pebble Beach in the USA.
James Braid, one of the finest golf course designers of all time and regarded as the “inventor” of the dogleg was responsible for designing nine courses in North Wales. Aberdovey, Maesdu, Porthmadog, Wrexham, Bangor St Deiniol, Holyhead, Pwllheli, Rhyl and Old Colwyn make up the North Wales James Braid Trail which offer golfers a great mix of inland and seaside courses.
So whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting out in the game, you’ll find a golf course to suit your ability in North Wales – after all there’s over 45 to choose from!
There’s an excellent selection of 9-hole and 18-hole courses – all offering a challenge and an invigorating game of golf which is why North Wales has become the destination of choice for a UK golfing break. And with a reputation for organising outstanding golfing breaks for over 30 years and with 40 golf clubs within a 40 minute drive, The Imperial Hotel in Llandudno has become the hotel of choice.
There are three Championship courses within 5 miles from the hotel – North Wales Golf Club, Maesdu Golf Club and Conwy Golf Club. North Wales is a seaside links with several extremely fine holes which offer an enjoyable experience for all levels of player, while Maesdu is a testing course as it’s part links, meadowland and seaside in nature. It’s gently undulating so a good score is only achieved with careful putting! The famous Conwy Golf Club course is a real seaside links, renowned throughout the area as one of the most challenging of its kind. All three offer captivating panoramic views so it is worth taking time over your shots so you don’t miss out!
After a hard day on the course, golfers can relax in The Imperial’s health and fitness centre, Mint Condition which is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, a gym with an extensive range of cardiovascular and weight training equipment, an invigorating spa bath, sauna and steam room before dining in the two AA Rosette awarded Chantrey’s Restaurant with its mouth-watering dishes using locally sourced produce or The Terrace for lighter refreshments in the evening. The Imperial also has a number of elegant function rooms which are perfect for those wanting a private golfing dinner.
For a memorable golf break playing at some of the best coastal courses in North Wales, contact The Imperial Hotel for accommodation, availability, rates and details of golf courses on the Reservations Freephone 0500 700788.