Man playing golf at sunset
Man playing golf at sunset

Anglesey - Holyhead Golf Club

Play golf against a backdrop of glorious Snowdonia

The delightful heathland course at Holyhead Golf Club is tucked away on Anglesey so you’d be forgiven for not knowing it exists. Originally a 9-hole course, this is a picturesque place to practice your game. With an updated 6,090-yard par 71 course framed by views of Snowdonia, it’s well worth a visit.

The original 9-hole course was extended to a 14-hole layout by the great James Braid himself and opened for play on 22nd July 1912. Braid cam back not long afterwards to add another four holes and the full 18-hole course debuted in August 1914.

Don’t let the stunning views on the course lull you into a false sense of complacency - the dense gorse and heather makes even the most promising shot tricky, especially when the wind across from the Irish Sea. Fairways are set out on a compact 104-acre site and some charming old-fashioned design traits still remain on today’s 6,000-yard course with fairways that cross-over at the 6th and 7th holes and short par fours at the 1st and 14th holes.

Holyhead is an honest test of your skills and, as a mid-round bonus, you get some wonderful panoramic views from the elevated 10th tee.

It’s definitely a hidden gem that you should tick off your golfing list next time you’re in Wales.