Royal St David's Golf Club

Not easy to get to but the splendid links, with Snowdonia as a backdrop, is jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Royal St David's Golf Club

Gwynedd, LL46 2UB, Wales


Harlech was the first in Wales to obtain the Royal title. In 1897 a member of the Royal family became a patron of the club but it would be 1909 before the club officially gained Royal status.

The 5 hole loop of the 14th to 18th, to and from the clubhouse, is a favourite among members!

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Golf Course Review

Royal St David’s Golf Club, or Harlech, is a Welsh links golf course in the seaside town of Harlech in Gwynedd, Wales. Sat above Harlech Beach and beside Morfa Harlech National Nature Reserve, the course was reportedly laid out by three wealthy Englishmen and was advised on by Hoylake legend, John Ball.

Royal St David’s Golf Club History

Harold Finch-Hatton and William Henry More have been credited with the first 18 hole layout. The club was established in 1894 and its first meeting was conducted in November of the same year.

In 1900, major improvements and alterations were made to the course but it is unclear who was responsible at present. It was reported at the time, only the 6th, 10th, 16th, and 18th holes were unaltered. The rest were bunkered, lengthened, or had new greens installed.

The course would be further updated in 1925 when Harry Colt adjusted some of the bunkering.

Royal St David’s Golf Club Synopsis

The course has been called the world’s most difficult par 69. Measuring just 6629 from the back tees you could be lulled into thinking the course is ‘gettable.’ The flattish opening holes are fully exposed to the wind until you reach the 13th where the terrain turns more dunes like. The first par 5 is found on the 7th with the second coming on the 8th. Before and after are runs of par 4’s with the injection of one-shot holes on the 4th, 9th, 11th, 14th, and 18th. Of interest, both nines end on par 3’s!

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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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At A Glance


  • More, William Henry
  • Finch-Hatton, Harold


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Contact Details

Gwynedd, LL46 2UB, Wales
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