Aberdovey Golf Club

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

Aberdovey Golf Club

Gwynedd, Wales

Overview

With fine grasses, free-draining soil, and dog friendly, Aberdovey GC 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.

A noticeable characteristic of the course is the small and demanding greens. Aberdovey has elements of Brancaster, Lahinch, and Brora.

The 3rd is one of Aberdovey's most famous holes - called Cader, it is the Dell of Wales. Another excellent hole is the 16th - without doubt, it is one of the best holes in Wales, deserving of far more acclaim. One well-traveled, insightful commentator said it should be mentioned in the same breath as Foxy, the Alps, and the Road Hole!

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 it features heavily in The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

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

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Gwynedd, LL35 0RT, Wales

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