Aberdovey Golf Club

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At A Glance

Known as Bernard Darwin's beloved home course, it unsurprisingly features heavily in The Golf Courses of the British Isles. What most don't know is 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.

Aberdovey Golf Club has hosted the Walker Cup.

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.

Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found by clicking here.

Further Viewing

A video from Hidden Links can be viewed by clicking here
A drone video showing off the course can be seen by clicking here


Full 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 offer strategic value and offer a romanticised nuance to Golden Age golf geeks.

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.

The 16th is one of the best holes in Wales and deserves more acclaim. One well-travelled and insightful commentator said it should be mentioned in the same breath as Foxy, the Alps and the Road Hole!


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