Aberdovey Golf Club

Beautiful and rugged Welsh links where Bernard Darwin played as a young lad.

Aberdovey Golf Club

Gwynedd, LL35 0RT, Wales


Due to its free-draining soil and fine grasses, it is an excellent winter golf destination.

Stay in the Dormie House at Aberdovey. The price includes a one-night stay, a traditional Welsh breakfast, and a round of golf for a very tidy sum! The view is of the 18th green and adjacent to the clubhouse.

Course Review
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Golf Course Review

With fine grasses, free-draining soil, and dog-friendly, Aberdovey Golf Club is one of the best links in Wales. It is a long strip of true, seaside golf accented by sandhills and marshes offering a view of the Dovey Estuary and Cardigan Bay. The railway and road add strategic value, as is the case with many seaside courses of the era.

Aberdovey Golf Club History

Colonel A.A. Ruck was Bernard Darwin’s uncle. Legend has it, the course was laid out by routing nine holes in the marsh where his neighbour’s flower pots served as cups. As such, it is Bernard Darwin’s beloved home course, and perhaps unsurprisingly Aberdovey Golf Club features heavily in The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

Aberdovey Highlights

A noticeable characteristic of Aberdovey Golf Club is the small and demanding greens. Aberdovey has more than a casual resemblance to the likes of Brancaster, Lahinch, and Brora.

The 3rd hole, known as Cader, is the Dell of Wales and is one of Aberdovey Golf Club’s most famous holes. Another stand-out hole is the 16th. One of the best holes not just at Aberdovey but in all of Wales, it is deserving of far wider acclaim. One well-travelled, insightful commentator said it should be mentioned in the same breath as Foxy at Royal Dornoch, the Alps at Prestwick, and even the Road Hole at St Andrews!

Cader Bunker Aberdovey Golf Club Wales

Additional Aberdovey Reviews

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Aberdovey Photography

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Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

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Gwynedd, LL35 0RT, Wales
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