Porthmadog Golf Club
Quite often visitors to our Craig Ddu bed & breakfast accommodation ask us for recommendations for local sporting facilities. The Gwynedd region of North Wales has a great deal to offer sports enthusiasts. Probably you have heard about the area's great mountain biking, sailing and fishing opportunities but did you also know it hosts one of the most beautiful golf courses in the whole country? If your love of golf comes with an appreciation of spectacular sea and mountain scenery a visit to the Porthmadog Golf Club should not be missed.
A trip to Porthmadog
The Porthmadog Golf Club is situated a short drive away from Blaenau Ffestiniog on the west coast of North Wales. You might want to combine a visit to several of North Wales’s leading attractions by travelling down to Porthmadog on the historic Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway. You enjoy some wonderful mountain views and arrive well-relaxed for your game of golf. Only a mile away from Porthmadog Golf Club is the fascinating Italianate village of Portmeirion where 'The Prisoner'" TV series was filmed. In theory you could visit all three of these attractions the same day but they really deserve more time spending on each of them.
A Golf Club with a Great view
While Porthmadog Golf Club has all the modern facilities you expect to find it has been in existence for over a century. Its Edwardian designer, James Braid, laid out the course in two separate sections. The first section is inland with its sandy healthland landscape complemented by water features. The back nine holes are in a seaward direction. While enjoying delightful views up into the Gwynedd mountains and out across the sea, you are presented with a fascinating golf challenge. Most players are particularly impressed by the 14th hole which is popularly known as "the Himalays." Here you face a 378-yards par four drive with a gigantic natural bunker obscuring the fairway from the tee.
When the Porthmadog Golf Club originally opened members were warned to be "on their best behaviour and that they would have to pay for any grazing livestock they accidentally kill on injure in the course of their play. Poaching of game was also strictly forbidden. Today conditions have changed so much that these warnings sound very quaint but much of the original flavour of this golfing experience has fortunately been retained. Enjoy your round of golf!