35 reviews of Nefyn and District Golf Club
Played here on the 6th Aug 2012. What can you say, unbelievable views from all over the course, especially the Point. Course was in a good state considering the amount of rain, although it looks like they've relaid the 13th and 14th greens which almost looked like astroturf, (given the amount of rain we've had and that they are on solid rock at the very far outreaches of The Point, they are actually not too bad. Didn't stop us enjoying it. Met the Captain of the club who was a total gent, very friendly from all the members we met. Yes, parts of the course appear a little daft (12th) but they all add to the experience and I would definitely go back
What can you say about this golf course? The holes on the peninsula are worth the long trek to the North of Wales alone and the rest of the course isn't bad either! Sea views from all over the course are great and thanks to some outstanding (and rather lucky) weather we were even able to see the Wicklow Mountains on the other side of the Irish Sea! We played Nefyn as part of a golf break package we bought from Your Golf Travel and the other course was Royal St Davids...not a bad duo of courses to play and very difficult to choose between the two. Nefyn offers everything you could wish to find on a links course from quirky dips and hollows to pot bunkers, long rough and firm fairways and I for one cannot wait to come back for more. Top class layout supported by superb conditions and a warm welcome.
Played Friday 2nd September, lovely summer day accompanied by a strong wind from the Sea, even a juvenile adder was out in the sun on the 17th fairway. The course is still in fine condition and the peninsula is still in fine fettle. Always worth the trip out there for this spectacular treat. Greens were excellent too.
Everythings that can be said about this course has probably already been said, looking at the number of reviews below. However I will try and add something to the mix. I played the course on 22/6/10 in glorious weather, just a gentle breeze to keep us cool. From the start we were warmly received in the clubhouse anhd the pro shop and the members were very friendly. We played the 'old' course in the morning and the 'new' course in the afternoon. The old course is superb, a must play course for any level of golfer, as you will encounter holes here that are unique. Having just watched the US Open at Pebble Beach I would suggest this is the Welsh equivalent. Quirky holes, blind tee shots, links golf, elevated tees... this course has it all and the old course layout has stunning views on virtually every hole. At the far end of the course, holes 13-16, you feel as though you are playing at the edge of the world, with tee shots over cliffs and greens tucked into the rocks. Yes there is a possible safety issue as the path cuts across holes 12 and 17 and I can see why this would concern people. But don't let this put you off, play this course as soon as you can. The 'new' course appear tame in comparison as it moves away from the coastline after the first 8 holes but it is a good course in its own right and is worth playing. Both courses were in good condition, good bunkers and firm greens.
Such a beautiful and remote site on a peninsula in Wales! Played all 28 (?) holes, kind of strange configuration. The first group had some large holes along side the cliff overlooking the sea....a very nice clifftop experience. The holes set inward from the cliff are generally of a parkland variety, nothing too unique but well conditioned. Finally there is an old peninsula that houses 8 really quirky holes that feel like they were created centuries ago. Spectacular views of course, I actually shot level par on these 8. Overall a must play for the location, the unique peninsula, and the friendly members who invited me in for lunch.
A group of 6 of us played this course on 14/07/09. Compared to Porthmadog (the day before) this course was in perfect condition. The views were absolutely stunning in all directions and the first 10 holes were a joy to play. On the 11th two of us hit our tee shots slightly right into horrible rough which turned out to be only 5 yards from the edge of the cliff. I chipped my ball back onto the fairway at the base of the hill in front of the green. Then I lobbed it over the hill, never to see it again. A word of warning to any short hitters. The 12th hole demands local knowledge or at least a walk up to see where you are going. I suspect that the comments above about hitting a rescue club and then a "straightforward" iron to the green are from a long-hitting good player. The marker post is virtually ON the public footpath which is very busy. I hit a driver dead straight onto what turned out to be the first bit of fairway. Straight in front of me was a 2nd marker post over which I hit a rescue wood. My friend (who had gone up to have a look) then hit a wedge over this 2nd post. Up ahead was a deadly pile of rough which my ball was in. The public footpath ran down towards you immediately right of the green and made approach shots very "iffy". This peninsular part of the course is unique in my golfing experience but is something the average golfer would probably want to take on only once. We all agreed that if we ever returned we would opt for the other holes on the cliff-top.
I have played Nefyn twice now - on both occasions as part of an organised tour of the local courses. There is no doubt that the course can be challenging and does offer spectacular views on many of the holes. However, my overriding impression of the old course is one of disappointment. The 11th on the old course is dangerous for the general public (that is allowed to walk on this part of the course) and for golfers who will, (as I did), hit one. A very pleasant day and a good score (-3 to that point)was ruined by an unfortunate and very painful incident. When you have such a topography combined with a blind tee shot, one can only expect this to happen. I am surprised no one has been killed yet.
The previous contributors have sent mixed messages about this course, most thinking it amazing, yet some being disappointed. I am most definitely of the view that this is a spectacular golf course that must surely be amongst the best in the UK. Wonderful views from all holes, stunning tee positions and course layout, but not exceptionally long, and playable by golfers of all handicaps. The first 10 holes are all a delight to view and play, and then you come on to infamous, and much photographed, old 8 along the point. For me the 13th is the pick of the holes, offering a classic risk-reward tee shot in deciding how much of the bay to cut off to get closer to the green. The 18th is a bit of an anti-climax and the 12th is disconcerting due to the volume of tourist traffic on the well in play footpath, particularly off the back tee which offers a totally blind shot. The best testament I can give is that the group in front of us, on walking off the 18th green, went straight into the pro shop to book to play again.
We played on a sunny weekend, so this report is most definitely biased towards the positive. The course is stunning. Full stop. Gorgeous location, great rolling fairways, interesting challenges. The course is well controlled, so play (generally) proceeds at a decent pace. Other reviews have described many of the holes so won't go into details; safe to say that none of the holes (particularly old course 11-17) will seem unmemorable or space-filling in any way. The 18th is the only real slight letdown - a short par 4 with no real hazard to the driving was a downturn after what had preceded. However, it may be a welcome respite to those who've fed all their balls into the Irish sea.... The greens were in good nick, but left long (so disturbingly slow compared to home course); this was just a calibration issue. Generally very true roll. A great piece of land, well designed for golf, great grub in the clubhouse, a real test of all aspects of your game. Not too long, but doesn't play short. Anything but a typical rip it/wedge/putt/rip it/wedge/putt of some courses; but I was hoping for more mystical insider-knowledge than the "keep it on the fairway" tip I was actually offered by the starter. As some people have commented, there are a lot of walkers through the course; you need to watch, but this really is too good to restrict. For a course of this quality, green fees are reasonable. We played 2 rounds in a day for 60 quid, which is a great deal.
I managed to play this course on 29.01.2008 and I was really looking forward to playing the old course - weather permitting. The weather turned out to be kind - just a stiff SW breeze and no rain! - so off I went. The course is really two courses in one with holes 1-10 shared and then separate holes 11-18 (new and old). Holes 1 to 5 were quite a tough start (3 decent par 4s, a par 5 and a par 3) and a very good introduction for what was to follow as they follow the rocky coast out, you need to leave your sliced tee-shot in the car for these holes, else you will lose a lot of balls!! Holes 6 to 10 are typical of any good, well-maintained links/cliff top course with the wind being a major factor regarding difficulty. Now we come to the highlight - holes 11-18 of the old course which send you off out on their own peninsular into the Itrish sea! Hole 11 is a short par 4 with a long iron tee-shot and a completely blind approach shot to a reasonably flat green - a great hole. Hole 12 is a much longer par 4 a really qirky with a blind tee shot to a narrow fairway which kicks your ball to the left, and a huge pothole-cum-cave at driving distance (thankfully I took rescue club and ended 20 yards short, otherwise it would have been bye-bye ball!! The second shot is quite straight-forwrad towards a raised green. Hole 13 is a long par 4 and has to be the tee-shot to die for, you have a good 200 yard carry to the fairway across a rocky bay/inlet, a real knee-trembler, a definitely deserving of the stroke index 1!! You know that you've palyed a real golf hole when you leave the green which is situated right at the end of the peninsular!! Hole 14 is another real gem, I couldn't find the yellow tee at first until I looked upwards! It is on top of a tower and the green is at least 100 feet below and on the edge of the cliff, quite amazing! Hole 15 is, like the 13th, a drive across a rocky bay, if the 13th was with the wind, then the 15th will be into it!! After this exihilarating series of holes, the 16th is a standard par 3 of 170 yards back over the pothole encountered on the 12th, which gives you a temporary respite, before encountering the par 5 17th which is another blind tee-shot and og-legs to the left on an adverse camber (i.e. the fairway kicks your ball to the right!), the fairway being quite narrow, and is a very bruising par-5 when played into wind. The 18th is a short par 4 back to the club-house and provides quite a gentle finish to what must be one of the strangeist and most exhilarating series of holes you will ever play. The green staff and the pro were very friendly and talkative - apparently the old course is a nightmare in summer because of walkers and holiday-makers as there is a public footpath around the peninsular, and I can see that it would get pretty hairy when the old course is full of golfers as there isn't much room betwen the fairways of the holes. Overall this is a must-play course if you are in the area - an unforgettable experience par none.
The Old Course is without a doubt the most spectacular course I have played in my life. I decided against pushing for 18 holes and instead played the back 8 holes (old course) to see if it was as amazing as as I had heard. Scenery wise the course is a must, and the golf was enjoyable and challenging, but it must be noted that the 12th hole is slightly absurd. Unless you have played the course previously it is virtually impossible; you tee off onto a fairway which will literally run your ball onto the path which splits the course, my tee shot split the fairway, ran over the pathway and into the cave across the path. However this was only a minor hitch and the 14th par 3 made up for the 12th - the tee box was located ON the hut at the end of the point that the course is sitiated on and your tee shot is aimed at a green way below = spectacular.
We played Neffyn as part of a 5 course tour, taking in Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Abersoch, and Harlech. This was the Tuesday course and for most of us the second time we had played there. There is no doubt that Neffyn is unique, with some classic holes and a setting to die for, but this time round we noticed some flaws in the package. The greens were not as good as last time, being bumpy and uncut, and the closeness of the tees to the green just completed gives it a claustrophobic atmosphere at times, especially with the number of players on the course when we were there. I also agree with the previous correspondent, the 12th hole is just plain daft and dangerous. Having said all of that it is still somewhere you must play, it is a great day out with friendly staff, good food and a great atmosphere.
Absolutey spectacular views, however quite dissappointed with the actual golf course. Given all of the reports below I was expecting Neffyn to jump into my favourite top 10, or maybe even top 5, however I think it may just scramble into my top 20....just! There is absolutely no doubting there are some impressive golf holes (4, 13, 14 and 16 in particular), and excellent use of the peninsula, however very frustrated by the fact that for some reason come the 11th hole all guidance markers and 150 yard markers seem to completely disappear!! Not ideal when you have people walking right along the flight path of some of the shots (you think) you need to hit!! I thought that the 12th hole is ridiculous and one of the poorest golf holes I've ever played! Blind tee shot to a fairway that kicks everything down to a pedestrian path, and well stuck drives will just carry onto someones head if you're not careful....since you can't see the walkers!!! Don't get me wrong, it's a good test of golf.....but as they say.....'don't believe the hype!'
Nefyn is truely a fantastic golf course, a replica of Pebble Beach in the States. Each hole is unique and interesting with many different features, testing all levels of golfer. There are two courses at Nefyn; the Old and New. The Old is the more famous one situated on the cliffs whilst the New is more inland. We played the Old as a small society (9) on a weekend break, staying over in Abersoch (very quiet place!). The course is quite remote but well signposted, on arrival we were greeted by a friendly pro who operates a well stocked shop. After a few putts we proceeded to the first tee, the opener a cracking par 4 which slopes down from around 200 yards out to a difficult green. Each hole is worth a mention however the following stuck out for me - 2nd - The tee shot says it all. A carry of around 170 yards is required over the cliffs to an uphill fairway, second shots must avoid going right. 11th - Short but narrow par 4, the majority will lay up with an iron. Second shots are blind to a small green protected by out of bounds to the right 12th - A fabulous hole. Tee shots must avoid an area of sunken earth!! The fairway is a difficult one to hit, as is the green. 14th - Downhill par 3 played from an elevated tee to a difficult green - if I had to chose one hole to play forever this would be it! The course concludes with a straight forward par 4 to a green in front of the clubhouse. A two course meal awaited us after the golf served by a couple of friendly waitresses who took our banter very well! The food was great as was the hospitality. The only bad point I can think off is that the course can get a bit crowded with walkers due to the footpath, especially on a Sunday, so sometimes it was a bit dangerous playing our shots as there were kids running about. This only effects a couple of the holes though. I can safely say this is the best course I've ever played - if you've yet to play Nefyn make sure you get there soon.
What a course! The spectacular nature of the first 4 holes along the cliff, and the last 8 holes of the Old course out along the peninsular make this a breathtaking course. The clubhouse is very well laid out, and the pro-shop is well-stocked. The only slight downside of our visit were the greens - they were incredibly slow on the two back 8's, and a little inconsistent on the front 10. But I would still recommen anyone to visit and play at least the Old course!
Played late August 2006 on a sunny and windy day. This is the best golf course I have ever played! Was fortunate to play 2 rounds on the Old Course, it was so good we didnt bother with the New. Its a cliff top course with stunning views, and wonderful springy turf to walk upon. Each hole is interesting, and some are just stunning, the back 8 in particular along a narrow penisular would take some beating anywhere in the world. Though as others have stated the people walking through the road to the beach are a menace as they are oblivious to golf balls and think we are all as accurate as Els! But patience is a virtue, and it leaves a few more minutes to look at the scenery. Chatting to some Americans they considered the course to be as good as Pebble Beach but without the 6 hour round! If you have the opportunity to play this course, you must. Also the Club must be congratulated on keeping the green fees within reach of all golfers instead of profiting at their expenses - a lesson to most seaside courses. Onto Royal St Davids Wednesday
Day 4 of North Wales 2005 started with that horrible feeling of putting on golf shoes that were still damp, in our case from the Battle of Royal St David's the day before. And, arriving at Nefyn, one glance at the elements revealed they were unlikely to get any drier as the day progressed. The sky was uniformly dark grey, the cloud was low, showers were everywhere and the wind was knocking 40mph (as confirmed by the clubhouse anemometer) â and this was mid-June! Maybe the conditions were partly why the front nine (or ten as it is at Nefyn) failed to really captivate us. Then again, Nefyn doesn't have the asset of being a bumpy, fast-running links course â for the most part, it's like an inland layout that happens to be parked on the edge of a cliff. The back eight on the old course, however, is a different matter altogether. Running out and back along a narrow peninsular, as many have already identified it's spectacular, quirky and exhilarating. And in a 40mph gale, one hell of a test of golf as well. But why make it any harder by deciding not to erect a marker post on the par 4 11th which has a completely blind approach?! Irritatingly, we were forced to play the par 5 12th (which has both a blind tee shot and second) as a par 4 from the ladies tees. It was also impossible to hold the fairway beyond the marker post. Despite this, the 13th (415 yards, par 4) demands an awe-inspiring drive over the cliffs that makes Pebble Beach look like a teddy bears' picnic in comparison â and the Yanks don't have this kind of weather to deal with either! On the short 14th, right at the tip of the headland, things became comic. It was possible to lean 30 degrees into the wind and not fall over. The 16th (188 yards, par 3) and, in particular, the 17th (505 yards, par 5) are both tough holes, the latter being extremely tight. But what a pity that the 18th (327 yards, par 4) is such a feeble finish. The wind never let up, in fact it got even stronger in the afternoon. But the weather did have one upside, namely there was next to no-one walking along the track on the back 8. After surviving 36 holes without being blown over a cliff edge, we adjourned to the famous Ty Coch Inn. Tomorrow it's Porthmadog and the final day of the week. At least for once â surely - we knew it couldn't get any windier... 8/10 'Young P'
Enough said below, this course is spectacular, views of the sea from all holes on the Old Course and playing on a hot bank holiday with clear blue sky make it unforgetable. Here's the but..... Quite a few of the greens were uneven paced and wooly, not really what I expected given its rating in various publications, but the fairways and overall condition excellent. The old course suffers from the "road" through the back 8 holes which is littered with people and for some strange reason cars (gated entrance) parked along the side of 12th & 17th. This means that you have to hit your shot to the green on the 12th over the parked cars and as there were so many people (bank holiday) them as well. It does only affect 11, 12, 15 & 17 as people wander onto the fairways to avoid the cars on the road, so don't expect a quick last 8 holes, plenty of waiting. So, avoid the busy season and you should be laughing.
If you ever think you've seen everything in golf, I can assure you haven't if you have never been to Nefyn. This course is unlike everything I have ever played, and I have played on beautiful spots on this planet before. Nefyn is the real thing, golf as it is supposed to be, in a spectaculair natural surrounding. Cliffs left and right, sea everywhere. You might be short of two things here: balls and eyes to see the beauty around you. We have travelled from Holland to play here, and never regretted any of the trouble. This course is worth to travel to from any place in the world. It is unique, not to be compared with any other and absolutely unforgettable. I felt joy in the privilege to be playing here on every hole, but especially on the back nine of the Old Course. These are so beautiful and so challenging, you have to see it te believe it. So, if you love playing golf: whatever you do, do NOT miss this course!!!
Played the course on June 04, with strong winds on the front nine and `horizontal`rain on the last eight holes of the old peninsular course. Despite this it was great fun, friendly staff and oh those views. Well prepared course and slick greens. great value for money and a `must play` course. One note of caution however, some of the greens and tees are close together and you have to be prepared to duck at times to avoid the more wayward players.Intend to go back when the weather is a lot kinder and it doesnt keep blowing my ball over the cliff edge!
This must be bargain of the century at £13.50 for twilight fees. Got all 18 in on the Old Course and only 3 over my handicap in a howling wind. Slightly bonkers but a lovely place to play golf, on a well-kept course with fantastic scenery. Have to be a bit wary of walkers on the back nine and if the wind blows you can throw your yardages out the window (I had 3 woods 150 yds into the wind and 300 yds down wind!). Will definitely play here again someday.
I have been playing golf almost ten years and I have never experienced a course like it! Teeing off over the cliffs on the 12th, 13th and 14th with the sunset reflecting on the sea, absolute bliss. Well kept fairways and immaculate greens. I would recommend the trip to the North West corner of Wales to any keen golfer! The old course is the challenge and should be treated with respect, take it too lightly and your score card quickly mounts up. After taking friends on numerous occasions, you never tire of the views, the people and most of all the superb golf! You must try this course!
Visiting Nefyn golf club was surely one of the highlights of a trip to Wales in June 03. One of the great things about golf in Wales is the remoteness of the locations, and Nefyn was the most remote of all the courses I played. In California you play near freeways sometimes. All the other comment writers are correct in how lovely the course appears but the friendly members deserve mentioning. I was hosted by members for 36 holes that I had never met before, but we enjoyed lunch between rounds and beer afterwards ( No Worthington in the States, pity.) I played the "new" course in the morning (preferred by the members because it is less tricky than the "old" peninsula) and enjoyed it very much. In the afternoon I played the "old" peninsula to begin, then finished with the 1st thru 10th. I was fortunate to par each of the seven holes on the peninsula, but my pride turned to shame as I double bogeyed the easy 320 yard par 4 18th. The peninsula holes need to be played carefully, driver is not necessary. As others commented, I was uncomfortable with the foot traffic on the paths, but I was patient and didn't hit anybody. I wish I could go back someday!
What a beautiful place and with a terrific, challanging golf course! I played with friends who have played Pebble Beach and very favorably compared Nevyn. The staff was wonderful as well, even running into town for me because I had run out of film for my camera. One certainly needs a camera there as well as golf clubs. Golf in Wales is a great secret. I highly recommend Nevyn to anyone who loves golf.
The course has recently been included in the top 100 courses in the UK as assessed by "Golf World" magazine, an accolade that is thoroughly deserved. North Wales is a superb place to pay golf having a number very fine courses, but this course stands head and shoulders above the others. Dramatic views from excellent greens, with the peninsular holes providing plenty of excitement. Stay all day and play the front cliff top holes with the peninsular finish in the morning and then with the inland finish in the afternoon. Heaven. Cymru am byth.
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