Between the mountains and the sea

Between the mountains and the sea

In order to qualify as a true traditional links golf course, a certain criteria must be met and it's not all about the golf course. Club history, sea, beach, harbour, charming high street are just a few boxes that need to be ticked to qualify, then and only then can you be considered as a classic links.

Aberdovey Golf club

Aberdovey ticks all the boxes so far, but what about the golf course itself, can it be classed as a classic links?

We took a road trip through the splendour of Snowdonia National Park, snow still visible on the peaks of the mountains and some of the most breathtaking scenery make the journey a real pleasure. Aberdovey sits on the River Dyfi where the estuary meets the Irish Sea, a few miles before arrival the view changes from mountains to water, a vast expanse of water and the horizon suggests more Ocean that river. The first glimpse of this view is a sit up in the chair moment, the anticipation is starting to build.

Aberdovey is a quaint Welsh harbour town, a high street which is separated from the sea by only the road you drive through, all what you would expect from a seaside resort, a few pubs, restaurants, bucket and spade and ice cream.

As soon as the high street comes to an end the car park of Aberdovey Golf Club awaits but still no view of the golf course, the secrets lie over the railway line, a walk between club house and pro shop and finally the course unfolds and at that moment you know your in for a treat on a classic links.

....classic links?

The golf course is every bit a classic links, firm fairways, rugged bunkers both fairway and green side all strategically placed to gather anything slightly wayward. The greens ran superbly well and this was in mid April, I imagine these to be like glass in the height of Summer. Strategy is required to navigate a score and no doubt course experience will play a massive advantage in understanding the humps, bumps and swales that await.

The course is uncompromising, the rugged looks of the high dunes that stand in the backdrop can deceive your judgement as your ball reaches the skies above and you find the breeze that you had been hidden from. The layout is almost a nine out/nine in with a slight contradiction but be assured if you have the wind with you playing out it will be a tough return home!

Stay and play

We took advantage of the fantastic dormy accommodation at Aberdovey Golf Club, situated adjacent to the clubhouse and 100 yds from the 1st tee, the perfect golfers haven. The rooms are perfect as is the breakfast that awaits in the clubhouse. It is a very convenient way to enjoy a couple of rounds on the course with a brief stopover, the walk into Aberdovey is less than 10 mins and we found some great food in the Sea Breeze restaurant (if you enjoy fish this place is excellent) Here are the prices for staying in both Winter and Summer months;

                                         Winter/Summer

Stay 1 night, play 1 round   £69       £97.50

Stay 1 night, play 2 rounds £100     £140

 

Overall a very enjoyable trip which includes many things more than just the golf course but ultimately the question has been answered.....Aberdovey Golf Club IS a classic links.